Trojans fall apart after gruesome injury to star guard; Curtis boys ousted

Staff writerMarch 2, 2014 

Seasons can end on one play.

That’s what happened to the Fife Trojans on Saturday night, when star guard Austin Woods suffered severe lacerations on his left arm during a Class 2A boys basketball regional matchup with Anacortes.

The Trojans never recovered from the gruesome scene and lost to the sixth-ranked Seahawks, 78-34, at Auburn High School.

Anacortes (19-5) advances to Yakima’s SunDome for the 2A state tournament the begins Thursday.

Woods’ injury happened while chasing down a loose ball as he slammed into one of the back doors to Auburn’s gym. His body hit the door while Woods’ left elbow smashed through a small window, leaving a bloody trail as Woods crumpled to the ground.

“It was bad. ...When he went through it, he pulled back and just ripped his arm open,” Fife coach Mark Schelbert said. “I don’t want to say much but it is very, very serious.”

Woods was rushed to Auburn Regional Medical Center.

“I don’t know ... don’t want to speculate much about it but when I got there, there was a big hole on the inside of his elbow and bone was exposed,” Schelbert said. “(Fife) players never recovered after seeing the horror of the scene ... it had to be covered as (medical personnel) took care of him.”

The Trojans never looked the same without Woods as errant pass after errant pass allowed Anacortes to go on a 40-10 run after Woods’ injury to take a 55-24 lead.

“He’s a very important part of what we do at both ends,” Schelbert said. “He’s first-team all-league for a reason. We just have a hard time replacing what he brings us.”

With Woods out of the game, the Seahawks’ backcourt went to work, knocking down uncontested shots.

The Trojans (18-8) had trouble stopping Anacortes backcourt of Jordan Neville (18 points) and Ty Johnson (15 points).

Seahawks wing Daniel McInerney finished with 13 points.

Kaleb McGary, a University of Washington football recruit, led Fife with 12 points.

CLASS 4A BOYS

Wenatchee 59, Curtis 58: Junior Chase Resch converted a go-ahead three-point play with 4.9 seconds to go as the Panthers (16-8) eliminated the defending 4A state champions at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.

Darrin Gethers’ 3-point attempt from the left side at the buzzer rimmed out for the eighth-ranked Vikings (21-6).

Tory Causey had given Curtis a 58-56 lead with a 3-pointer with 12.8 seconds to go.

Resch took it the other way, got into the lane and ran into a Vikings defender. He made the basket and the ensuing free throw for the Panthers (16-8).

Gonzaga Prep 87, South Kitsap 69: Sam Dowd scored a game-high 26 points, and the No. 7 Bullpups (21-4) raced out to a big lead in the second quarter in taking down the Wolves (18-8) at Central Valley High School in Spokane.

Ryley Callaghan, Caulin Bakalarski and Eric Wattree each scored 17 points for South Kitsap.

CLASS 4A GIRLS

Lynnwood 75, Bellarmine Prep 43: After coming up short in two regional-round appearances, the second-ranked Royals (23-1) made sure to secure a state spot by starting on a 17-2 run and never looking back at Everett Community College.

Mikayla Pivec led the WesCo champions with 28 points and 17 rebounds.

Jasmyne Holmes led the ninth-ranked Lions (19-6) with 12 points, and Claire Martin added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Kentwood 65, Chiawana 55: When the Conquerors make 3-pointers, they are nearly unbeatable. And they made eight of them Saturday – six coming in the first half in upending the No. 6 Riverhawks (19-5) at Richland High School.

Kentwood (20-5), which bolted out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back, advanced to the state tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

Moses Lake 61, Kentridge 40: Jessie Loera and McKenna Walker scored 14 points apiece, and the No. 8 Chiefs (20-4) are back in the state tournament for the first time since 2009-2010 with a victory at Big Bend Community College.

Inglemoor 60, Puyallup 38: The 4A KingCo champions ran their winning streak to 18 games behind a balanced attack, getting a team-high 12 points from Deja Strother in the victory at Bothell High School.

Puyallup (19-5) was led by Marissa Miller’s 14 points.

CLASS 1A BOYS

Okanogan 70, Vashon 60: Despite Jessie Norton’s huge night – 43 points, including 11-for-16 on 3-pointers – the ninth-ranked Pirates (20-5) still could not pull off the upset over the No. 2 Bulldogs (25-0) at Wenatchee High School.

CLASS 1A GIRLS

Kalama 58, Cascade Christian 42: Ninth-grader Kaelyn Shipley was the catalyst for the Chinooks’ hot shooting in the first quarter with two long-range shots, including a 3-pointer, and Kalama (20-4) eliminated the 10th-ranked Cougars (17-6) at Auburn High School.

Cascade Christian’s Olivia Tuttle scored 19 points, making five 3-pointers.

The Cougars trimmed an 18-point deficit down to eight but could get no closer against Kalama.

Cashmere 59, Eatonville 36: Breanne Knishka scored a game-high 25 points – 16 coming in the first quarter, including four 3-pointers – and the No. 1 Bulldogs (25-0) broke away from the Cruisers (16-8) at Wenatchee High School.

CLASS 2B BOYS

Mossyrock 62, Tacoma Baptist 56: With the Crusaders down 48-28 with 61/2 minutes to go in the third quarter, Tacoma Baptist coach Jason Townsend looked at his regulars in the huddle and told them if they did not get it going, he would bring in then reserves.

When Morgan Wood hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of the period, Tacoma Baptist (15-9) had trimmed the deficit to 49-47 against the Vikings.

The Crusaders eventually tied it at 54 on Brandon Stoehr’s four-point play with three minutes to go, but Mossyrock got six consecutive points from Jaron Kirkley down the stretch to pull out a win at W.F. West High School.

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