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Stagnant Second Half Sends King's Home From Yakima

The King's girls basketball team saw their season end at the hands of the Granger Spartans on Friday at theYakima Sun Dome by a final count of 63-47.

After a promising start to their consolation bracket match-up with Granger, the King's Knights were overcome in the second half and were beaten by a score of 63-47 in the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 1A girls basketball state tournament.

King's took a 17-14 lead after one period and increased their margin to six as the first half came to a close, but were ultimately unable to deal with Granger's dual-threat attack of Italia Mengarelli and Fantasia Reyes.

Mengarelli and Reyes each scored 22 for the Spartans, with 13 of Mengarelli's points coming from the free throw line.

Reyes showed-off a diverse offensive skill set by going three of nine from two-point range, three of six from beyond the arc and seven of eight from the free throw line.

The Knights, on the other hand, would manage only eight shot attempts in a third quarter that saw their opponents work their way back into contention by outscoring them 13-5 during the period.

The offensive woes would continue in the final frame, with the Knights able to convert on only one of their eight two-point field goals during the quarter.

Free throw shooting also plagued King's through the first three periods, (it was not a concern in a fourth quarter where they did not attempt a free throw) as they would make use of only 12 of their 22 attempts on the game.

Andrea Berendsen did what she could to bolster the offensive output, knocking down 4 of her 6 three-pointers for the game and finishing with 14 points.

Joclyn Kirton also ended the game with 14, with eight of those points coming from the free throw line.

Kirton had a difficult time from the floor throughout, managing to shoot just 3-13 but the junior post did grab a game-high 13 rebounds.

The loss ends the season for King's, who finishes with a record of 21-8 and a Cascade Conference championship.

The silver lining in an otherwise dark state playoff cloud basketball-wise for Taylor and the Knights is that all but two players, Christina McCormick and Andrea Berendsen, will return for another run to the 1A playoffs next year with this season's experience as motivation.

The Knights did claim a 1A girls state championship for academics with 3.825 team grade point average.

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