Seahawks boys basketball team clipped in overtime against Ballard

by Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

T'was nice.
A crowd-rousing, fade-away, three-point shot by Chief Sealth International captain, senior, 6-0 guard, LJ Burns, merrily, tied the score, 64-64, with 2.8 seconds on the gameclock in the fourth quarter, but that nice play was made silent when the visiting Ballard Beavers went on to a 78-74, win, in overtime, Friday.
The Seahawks dropped to 0-5 in the Metro league, and, 2-5, overall, having a tough luck season thus far, having lost another OT game earlier this season, to Blanchet, and, also, close losses, to Cleveland and Blanchet, by three, and, six, points, respectively.

"I had to double clutch it, but I got a clean look at the basket, and, once it left my hands, I knew it was going in," said Burns, who scored 16 points to lead balanced scoring on his team against the Beavers.
Such a good quote! Wouldn't it be nice to dwell on that kind of coolness, those Burns' words of excitement there?

A screaming headline like, "Seahawks three-point shot flies through, sends team to OT win!

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Chief Sealth International paddled by the Beavers in second half

by Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Chief Sealth International started with a good beat, playing to a 20-16 lead over Ballard after the first two quarters of girls basketball, but, at halftime, something went wrong with the rhythm, as, the team leader for the Seahawks did not come out onto the court in the second half, and, the visiting Beavers came back to win, 43-33, Friday.

The Seahawks dropped to 2-4, overall, and, 1-4 in the Metro League while the Beavers improved to 5-2, and, 3-1.

"Our point guard is having some troubles with the team, team issues, she didn't play in the second half," said Seahawks coach, Katie Jo Maris. "There is a chance, we will finish the season without her. Hopefully, there will come a day she will take time to figure out if she wants to play basketball or not. She has high expectations of herself. She has trouble believing in her team. It's too bad she has these problems, she's the sweetest girl off the floor. And, it's rough on us, because she's such a good player."

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Paul Moseley
West Seattle's Kevin Wright drives against the Ingraham Rams in a game Dec. 19 that West Seattle won decisively 74-35.

SLIDESHOW: West Seattle boys crush Ingraham 78-35 ; Sophomore Pryor drops 25 points

by Paul Moseley

The West Seattle boys basketball team took a decisive leap forward, moving above .500 in the Metro conference and 3-4 overall as they defeated the Ingraham Rams 78-35 at home.

The Wildcats took charge early, jumping to a 17-2 lead and eventually expanding it to 33-8. They were led by 6’1 Sophomore guard Nate Pryor, who led all scorers with 25 points and kept the Ram defense off balance with a combination of speed, no look passes and dynamic ball handling.

This West Seattle team appears to be settling in as they figure out how to win consistently. After beating Chief Sealth in a raucous overtime last week, the Wildcats had two straight losses, including a heartbreaking 2 point loss to Jefferson. They corrected that negative trend tonight. The young Wildcats, with 7 Sophomores and only 3 Seniors on their roster, will have a chance to build a winning streak and get their first road win next week as they participate int the Mountlake Terrace Holiday event.

The Wildcats take on Mountlake Terrace on December 29th and a TBD opponent on the 30th.

They are back home against Odea on January 6th at 7:30 PM.

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