For three minutes, the Wolverines looked beaten. Then, over the course of the next nine minutes, they looked like world-beaters.
Bellevue fell behind by nine to Stanwood before ripping off a 26-4 run that helped them cruise into the semifinals at the Tacoma Dome.
Bellevue High coach Chris O’Connor had seen this before. He said his team didn’t look comfortable exploiting holes in the Spartans’ matchup zone until midway through the first quarter.
“It took a while to get going, but I’m used to that,” O’Connor said. “We’ve tried everything to fix (the slow starts). We just told them to weather the storm.”
The Wolverines (23-3) did, and provided some thunder and lightning of their own.
The Spartans (23-2) jumped out to a 11-2 lead thanks to eight points by do-everything guard Josh Thayer. But Bellevue calmly chipped away, finally grabbing the lead at 16-15 on seven consecutive points by Kyle Foreman, the KingCo MVP.
Bellevue never trailed again.
In the second quarter, the lead grew to as much as 14 thanks to reserve Zack Moore, who played with a bandage over one eye yet scored 10 of his 12 points in the quarter.
“Zack got a concussion in practice and missed the Lincoln game,” O’Connor said of his team’s 60-55 win over the Abes last week in the regional finals, “and I don’t know if Stanwood really knew about him.”email@example.com