High School Sports

Top-ranked Federal Way can’t slow down No. 2 Bellevue

Gunther Klimes drew an extra defender and passed to Javon Jefferson in the right corner. He swung it to the top of the key to Sharif Khan, who passed left to Kyle Foreman — who found Andrew Kenny all by his lonesome behind the 3-point line in the left corner.


That sequence took less than five seconds, but it captured everything that makes the Bellevue High School boys basketball team one nobody wants to play right now.

The second-ranked 3A Wolverines shredded Federal Way, the state’s top-ranked 4A team, 80-58, on Monday in the King Holiday Hoopfest at Bellevue College. They made 11 3-pointers, got 23 points from Khan and raced to a 51-27 halftime lead.

Federal Way (12-2) had only lost to Corona Del Sol (Arizona) prior to Monday, and was coming off a win against No. 3 Kentwood last week.

“Give them credit, they came out, executed and ran their stuff and got open shots,” said Federal Way coach Jerome Collins. “They were hot and they put them down. They shot the lights out in the first half.”

Khan was unconscious from the 3-point line. Four of his five 3s came in the first half, as Foreman set him up throughout, especially during a second-quarter run that put the Wolverines ahead 46-20.

“We are all working together, we are all on the same page, having fun out there,” said Foreman, who scored 13 points.

Bellevue’s (13-2) two losses came on back-to-back days against California schools Torrey Pines and Fairfax over the Christmas break.

Foreman said Bellevue’s starting five is the best in the state.

“All the guys we have can shoot and we play on the same page,” said the Boston University commit.

“Hands down to Federal Way, they are a great program, we just thought we matched up well with them. We tried to contain them and run on the other end. I feel like we could do that on just about any team.”

Christian Jones scored a game-high 24 points for Federal Way, which travels to Todd Beamer at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“Not to make excuses, but I thought we were tired,” Collins said. “We didn’t have the foot speed to move with them.

“But the fact that we got a league game tomorrow and it’s been probably 20-something years since we’ve lost back-to-back games, we’ll bounce back.”

Mercer Island 57, Puyallup 52: Tony Gutierrez scored 15 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Vikings (7-8) fell short.

Andrew Pickles had 16 for Mercer Island.


No. 8 Bellevue 74, No. 6 Wilson 61: It wasn’t a need, but both teams entered certainly wanting to prove something against a high-ranking nonleague opponent.

The Wolverines (11-3) got their first win in four tries against teams currently ranked among the top 10 in 4A or 3A.

Mandy Steward and Tatiana Streun each scored 17 points and Shelby Cansler added 15. Bellevue outscored Wilson (9-4) 23-10 in the second quarter, starting it on a 13-0 run.

“This was really big for us,” said Bellevue coach Leah Krautter. The Wolverines’ losses came to No. 2 Todd Beamer (4A), No. 8 Bothell (4A) and No. 3 Inglemoor (4A). “We scheduled those nonleague opponents because we wanted to get some tests. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to win those tests.

“We needed this to prove to ourselves that we are going to be a team to contend with.”

Each of Wilson’s four losses have come to top-ranked teams — No. 6 Bellarmine Prep (4A), No. 1 Lynnwood (3A), No. 2 Bishop Blanchet (3A) and Bellevue (3A).

“We just got a little bit stagnant; we were standing. We call that being lazy,” said Wilson coach Michelle Birge. “Listen, this is a team that is going to do phenomenal things. But that’s what these games are for, to measure yourself up against a great competitor and find out what we need to fix before districts and state.”

Kiara Knox led the Rams with 24 points. Josie Matz added 12.