Kentridge forward Brandon Turner blocked a shot by Edmonds-Woodway’s Sean Laue, grabbed the ball and sprinted toward the opposite board. Turner, under pressure from two Warriors, dished the ball to teammate Renado Parker under the basket. Parker immediately bounced it back to Turner, who hit a jumper in the lane while the defenders stood motionless.
Just like that late third-quarter play, Turner and Parker led a Chargers offense that always seemed to find ways to slice through the Warriors’ defense in a 63-42 victory in the opening game of the Class 4A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome on Wednesday.
Parker scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Turner shot 6-of-9 from the field and finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kentridge shot 50 percent from the field.
“I would have never guessed that this is the way it would have turned out, obviously,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Gail Pintler said.
The Chargers (23-3) out-rebounded the Warriors, 42-18, and grabbed almost as many offensive rebounds (15) than Edmonds-Woodway’s defensive rebounds (17). Travis Sterling, Kentridge’s 6-foot-6 post, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and scored nine points.
Kentridge found ways to muscle their way inside on almost every play, and the Warriors’ speed couldn’t match up on breakaways.
“We have probably the two best big men in the state, so we got it into them, kicked it out and made some shots,” Turner said. “We ran the ball, and I guess they weren’t running with us, and that’s what we had to do” to win the game.
— Scott Fontaine