Cougar girls win district title

jump shot

Jenn Krell puts in a jump shot during the Cougars' district championship win Saturday.
Photo by Russ Paris.

district title by Russ Paris, special to the Woodinville Weekly
In a seesaw game featuring many lead changes, Bothell was paced by the floor leadership of Becky Ashbaugh, the shooting of Jennifer Babin, and the rebounding of Sara Rasnor.
   Bothell's offense was stifled by a tenacious Lake Washington defense. The Cougars shot only 23% from the field in the1st half. Led by Becky Ashbaugh's 11 points, the Lady Cougars held onto an 18-17 lead.
   The Lake Washington Kangs took the lead in the 3rd period from Erica Scioca's playmaking. The senior guard scored 11 (team high) points for the Kangs.
   With Bothell's Jen Babin making an array of sweeping hook shots (reminiscent of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of Los Angeles Lakers fame), Bothell was able to tie the score at 35 all. But at this point, the Cougars lost their rebounding center Sara Raynor to five fouls.
   Lake Washington went up 40 to 35 but couldn't connect three free throws. Cougar Jen Babin was fouled with one second left. She made two of her 22 points to tie and send the game into overtime.
   Ashbaugh got Bothell going in the extra period with a trey and they went on to win, 52 to 44. This was first regional title in Bothell's High School basketball history.
   The Cougars take their 23-3 record into this week's state tournament starting Wednesday at Mercer Arena.