By Kevin Manning
Bellevue High School’s fastbreak offense led the third-ranked Wolverines to a 50-39 3A girls’ quarterfinal victory over Glacier Peak at the Tacoma Dome.
The fast-paced Wolverines were forced to play the Grizzlies grind-out style for three quarters— the result was 8-for-26 from the floor for the Wolverines on 30.8-percent shooting.
“It was a little concerning in the first half…we just kept telling the girls that we got to run our lanes and to run down the court,” Wolverine coach Leah Krautter said.
That message paid off in the fourth quarter when the Wolverines started leaking out their quicker guards to start fast-breaks after forcing turnovers on defense.
“We feed off our defense and stopping them in the half-court gave us more confidence,” Krautter said. “We were then able to get more hands on the ball and get into our fastbreaks.”
Mandy Steward (14 points, 5-for-12 field goals) and Shelby Cansler (8 points, 4-for-13 field goals) were the beneficiaries of those opportunities who helped the Wolverines pull away from the Grizzlies late in the game.
The Wolverines finished the game with 17-for-46 from the field after shooting 45-percent in the second half.