The Stanwood Spartans girls basketball team was prolific from beyond the arc against the Bellevue Wolverines in a Class 3A regional playoff game.
The Spartans drained 10 3-pointers en route to a 51-45 victory against the Wolverines on Feb. 25 at Bellevue College. The Spartans advanced to the Class 3A quarterfinals with the victory. Bellevue will face the Seattle Prep Panthers in a loser-out Class 3A state tournament playoff game at 12:15 p.m. on March 1 at the Tacoma Dome. Bellevue head coach Noah Wulbert was proud of his team’s effort despite the loss.
“We played hard but we just gave up too many threes (3-pointers). We knew they were a catch and shoot team. We just didn’t defend it very well. Kudos to them for knocking them (3-pointers) down,” Wulbert said.
The matchup between the Spartans and Wolverines featured teams with entirely different styles. Stanwood relied on its outside shooting while Bellevue dominated in the paint. Wulbert is thankful his team has a chance to rebound from its loss against Stanwood at the Class 3A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
“As soon as we reached state, we reset our goals. We want a trophy,” Wulbert said of his team’s aspirations. “We made it a little harder on ourselves tonight, but that is what we’re going for. We want to get a trophy for the fifth straight year.”
The Wolverines won the Class 3A state championship last season compiling an overall record of 29-0 in the process. The Wolverines graduated all of its starters from last year’s team but have proven themselves to be a contender this season with yet another state tournament appearance.
“We knew going into the season that we didn’t have a star player. We have a lot of really good players. We believe as a team that anybody can step up at any time for us. We’ve done that throughout the season. It’s been about building trust and camaraderie,” Wulbert said.