STORY & PHOTOS BY GLENN NELSON
TACOMA, Wash. - Confidence in sports is like a rose. Plant it, nurture it and watch it bloom, year after year.
Case in point: Katelan Redmon of Lewis and Clark. A year ago, she entered the Washington State 4A championship game a junior with butterflies. But she found her
confidence early and it ballooned into 22 points and a title. This year, because of last year, Redmon entered the game a confident senior and, as such, led the Tigers to
1, Lewis and Clark|
5. Mount Tahoma
It goes to show that confidence, experience, and a bit of stifling defense can trump star power any time. After all, this was supposed to be the coronation of either
Courtney Vandersloot of Kentwood, the tournament MVP, or Angie Bjorklund of University, the No. 2 ranked senior in the nation by HoopGurlz.com. Yet Lewis and
Clark mowed them down in succession, beating the Titans 39-34 before 5,131 in the Tacoma Dome.
Crashing the party was Redmon who, it turns out, is the big-game performer of perhaps the most extraordinary girl's basketball class in state history. In two 4A
championships, she has 40 points and hit a combined 18 of 24 shots (a sizzling 75 percent).
Lewis and Clark's
Lyndi Seidensticker holds
off University's Dara Zack for a rebound
"I wanted to come back ever since we walked off this court last year," said Redmon, who signed to play for the University of Washington. "I had confidence last year,
but a lot of it came during the game. Because of last year, I was confident tonight."
This was the fifth meeting between the two teams and, this time, the familiarity bred ugliness - an intense, but slow-paced, low-scoring game.
"I'm glad this was not on pay-per-view," University coach Mark Stinson quipped. "I don't think people would've gotten their money's worth."
Still, what the game lacked in artistic value, it more than made up with drama. The two Spokane-area schools went toe to toe, with neither leading by more than three
points until Lewis and Clark gained some separation midway through the fourth quarter. The most shocking aspect, however, was the play of Bjorklund, who'd been
averaging more than 25 points a game, but had just six on 3-of-19 shooting and went 15 minutes, 31 seconds between her first and second baskets.
Redmon's defense had something to do with Bjorklund's miserable shooter. She is 6 feet, long and athletic, and was the more commanding player at each end of the
floor in this matchup. She had 13 of her game-high 18 points in the second half, including the opening bucket in the fourth quarter, a layup off a steal then a 14-foot
bank shot with the clock running down that closed a momentum-changing 9-0, fourth-quarter run that staked Lewis and Clark to a 37-28 lead.
Dara Zack's shot is contested by Katelan
Redmon of Lewis and Clark
"I just took it at Angie," Redmon said of her former teammate with the Spokane Stars. "She was putting a lot of pressure on me, so I went at her.
"If you want that trophy, you go out and get it."
Just a little wisom that Katelan Redmon picked up along the way of a high-school career that blossomed into something rose-like.
Angie Bjorklund of University
Brittany Kennedy of Lewis & Clark
Championship Box Score
Lewis and Clark (39) - Katelan Redmon 18, Lyndi Seidensticker 10, Kiki January 5, Brittany Kennedy 4, Ula Tauala 2, Jeneva Anderson 0, Kelsey Baker 0, Sarah Kliewer 0, Cambrie Marks 0.
University (34) - Kasey Jurich 10, Leah Archibald 7, Angie Bjorklund 6, Riki Schiermeister 5, Dara Zack 4, Dakota Schiermeister 2.
Lewis and Clark 7-10-9-13--34
Rebounds: University 37 (Zack 15), Lewis and Clark 27 (Seidensticker 8); Assists: University 7 (Zack 3), Lewis and Clark 2; Blocks: Lewis and Clark 6 (Redmon 3), University 0; Steals: Lewis and Clark 8 (Kennedy 3), University 5 (Zack 3); Field-Goal Percentage: Lewis and Clark 35.6 percent, University 26.1; Three-Pointers: Lewis and Clark 3 (Seidensticker 2), University 1 (R. Schiermeister).
MVP: Courtney Vandersloot, Kentwood
Angie Bjorklund, University
Katelan Redmon, Lewis and Clark
Shauneice Samms, Mount Tahoma
Kristi Kingma, Jackson
Lyndi Seidensticker, Lewis and Clark
Dara Zack, University
Jazmine Redmon, Mead
Kelli Valentine, Mead
Tournament Top Guns (through Thursday)
Courtney Vandersloot, Kentwood, 35 points vs. Mead
Courtney Vandersloot, Kentwood, 34, vs. Lewis and Clark
Angie Bjorklund, University, 34 vs. Prairie
Kristi Kingma, Jackson, 31 vs. Mead
Mandy Saintz, Bothell, 27 vs.
Courtney Vandersloot, Kentwood, 24, vs. Prairie
Kristi Kingma, Jackson, 23 vs. Skyview
Kelli Valentine, Mead, 23 vs. Jackson
Ashlee Smith, Skyview, 21 vs. Jackson
Ashley Corral, Prairie, 21 vs. Snohomish
Jazmine Redmon, Mead, 21 vs. Roosevelt
Courtney Vandersloot, Kentwood, 20 vs. Skyview
RaNesha Pate, Mount Tahoma, 19 vs. Snohomish
Dacotah Ettl, Central Kitsap, 19 vs. Puyallup
Mary Ochiltree, Lake Stevens, 19 vs. Kentlake
Shauneice Samms, Mount Tahoma, 19 vs. Lake Stevens
Tournament Top Glass Cleaners (through Thursday)
Shauneice Samms, Mount Tahoma, 23 rebounds vs. Bellarmine
Dara Zack, University, 15 vs. Lewis and Clark
Brittany Tri, Lake Stevens, 14 vs. Mount Tahoma
Mackenzie Argens, Roosevelt, 13 vs. Central Kitsap
Mandy Saintz, Bothell, 13 vs. Snohomish
Brittany Eskridge, Jackson, 12, vs. Mead
Dara Zack, University, 12 vs. Bothell
Kelli Valentine, Mead, 11 vs. Kentwood
Kami Clark, Mead, 11 vs. Snohomish
Carrie Ojeda, Mount Tahoma, 11 vs. Jackson
Darylynn Moss, Bothell, 10 vs. Kentlake
Morganne Comstock, Kentlake, 10, vs. Lake Stevens
Shauneice Samms, Mount Tahoma, 10 vs. Jackson
Fifth Place: Mount Tahoma 53, Jackson 50
Fourth: Mead 60, Snohomish 31
Third: Kentwood 63, Prairie 51
Championship: Lewis and Clark 39, University 34
Jackson 56, Puyallup 38
Mount Tahoma 73, Lake Stevens 59
Mead 71, Roosevelt 56
Snohomish 51, Bothell 38
Semi: Lewis and Clark 60, Kentwood 57
Semi: University 56, Prairie 47
Puyallup 50, Central Kitsap 38
Jackson 59, Skyview 55
Mount Tahoma 69, Bellarmine Prep 52
Lake Stevens 51, Kentlake 34
Lewis and Clark 50, Roosevelt 43
Kentwood 70, Mead 60
Prairie 54, Snohomish 33
University 60, Bothell 22
Lewis and Clark 59, Puyallup 36
Roosevelt 61, Central Kitsap 27
Kentwood 58, Skyview 44
Mead 74, Jackson 59
Prairie 48, Bellarmine Prep 22
Snohomish 56, Mount Tahoma 48
Bothell 59, Kentlake 41
University 53, Lake Stevens 43
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Glenn Nelson is the publisher of HoopGurlz.com and the editor-in-chief of Scout Media (www.Scout.com), an online sports network and magazine-publishing company and subsidiary of Fox Interactive Media. Glenn also founded and
coached the Dragons and Northwest HoopGurlz select girl's basketball teams. He previously was a longtime, national-award-winning basketball columnist and writer for
Seattle Times. His work also has appeared in several national magazines and books. He is co-author of "Rising Stars: The Ten Best Players in the NBA" (Rosen
2002). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.