It’s in those high-pressure moments that great players come to the forefront. And last Friday’s game between Bothell and Woodinville was no exception.
Taya Corosdale, Bothell’s supremely smooth and talented center, buried a three-pointer with 3:42 left to give her Cougars a 43-42 lead over Woodinville. This also gave Bothell a ton of momentum, with which they would go on to win 52-48, taking sole possession of first place in KingCo 4A.
“Taya is a great player and she hit a big time step back three at the very right time,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “What can you say, she’s a senior. It was a dagger and gave them the lead.”
With the loss, Woodinville fell to 5-1 in conference play and 10-2 overall.
Woodinville started the game well enough, leading 10-8 after the first quarter of play. But getting outscored 15-8 in the second stanza didn’t sit well with the Lady Falcons, including sophomore guard Madi Dubois.
“We feel like we could have had a better second quarter,” Dubois said. “There wasn’t very much energy in that quarter. If we would have had come together a little bit stronger and brought the hammer down, we could have had that game.”
Woodinville got strong inside play from Gabby Whalen and Madison Lundquist. In fact, Whalen played despite being ravaged by the flu earlier in the week. She missed school and practice on Thursday but rallied to suit up for Friday night’s game. She responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Lundquist scored 16 points and snared 7 rebounds. The 6’1” center has continued to assert herself on offense and has become a force to be reckoned with on defense.
“We need to work on her keeping her feet better,” Bullock said. “But as far as her offensive skills, she has taken it to another level.”
Falcon point guard Regan Schenck didn’t have a big scoring night, but was otherwise her usual self. She produced 8 assists and 4 steals, and several of her brilliant passes into the paint set up Lundquist and Whalen for easy baskets.
As the Falcons emerged from the locker room, their spirits seemed pretty upbeat despite the loss. They’re already talking about playing Bothell again on January 27th.
“We are definitely disappointed we lost this game,” Bullock said. “And we will come back ready to play the next time and it’s a game we think we can get.”