Down by one with nine seconds remaining, Kim Frost’s jumper from the left corner — probably not the shot they really wanted — clanked the front iron, caught some backboard and then bounced in to bring home a 51-50 victory in a KingCo 4A winner-to-regionals game at Juanita High School on Saturday.
The improbable shot capped a furious Woodinville rally as the Lady Falcons were down by eight points to Issaquah at the 2:30 mark.
The Lady Eagles would go scoreless the rest of the way, thanks to an all-out full-court pressure blitzkrieg by Woodinville, which would finish off the contest on a 9-0 run.
Issaquah had a chance even after Frost’s jumper fell, drawing up an inbounds play from half court with 1.5 ticks remaining. The ball was lobbed into the paint and received cleanly by the Eagles’ Monica Lanndeck, but her shot was swatted away by Falcon sophomore Erin Hamilton as the buzzer rang.
It was another sophomore who stood tall for the Falcons as youth was served.
Mackenzie Campbell led all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor, as Issaquah placed its defensive emphasis on Ali Forde.
They almost got away with it.
“Mackenzie was stellar,” Falcon coach Scott Bullock said. “She’s maybe not known to a lot of people but her game does not surprise me. She’s so athletic, so intense and so focused. We see it every day in practice and she has more great moments ahead of her.”
Campbell’s steal — her third on the night against an Issaquah team that takes good care of the ball — and coast-to-coast drive at 0:35 made it a one-point game and gave Woodinville life.
“The last two minutes of this game revealed the heart of this team,” Bullock said. “No one quits and the girls really know how to dig deep and raise their game to a higher level when the chips are down.”
Forde, limited to eight shots by Issaquah’s determined defense, scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds — numbers she normally acquires at the half. To the Lady Eagles’ credit, she committed eightturnovers: crazy eights for No. 13.
The Lady Falcons take on Eastlake in the KingCo title game on Friday.