Estacada upsets Corbett
4A Girls Basketball
ESTACADA — Estacada picked a great time to have their highest scoring output of the season.
The Rangers got a game-high 18 points from Karlye Nakashimada and 15 points from Izzy Hagel as Estacada surpassed their conference win total from last season with a 57-50 victory over Corbett.
Freshman Tia Kendal led the Cardinals with 16 points.
"The girls tend to play up to higher competition and I feel like they did that once again tonight," Estacada head coach Beth Rossos said. "They played their hearts out tonight and they played with more composure and were more under control."
Neither team was able to hit a shot in the first four minutes of the game. However, both squads eventually got into a groove later on in the first period. The Rangers got a couple of hoops from Hagel to take the early lead, but a pair of second-chance baskets by Abby Fritz and Savana Wolfe gave the Cardinals the 10-9 advantage.
Corbett was doing a good job getting the ball into the paint and was crashing the offensive boards effectively. But once the Rangers got a few consecutive stops, they were able to go on a 6-0 run and grab the lead back in the second quarter.
"If you allow a team like Estacada a little bit of an edge, their going to take a mile," Corbett head coach Rosalie Contrl said. "We didn't play solid team defense. Our rotations were slow and we were playing soft instead of aggressive."
Estacada extended their lead to 25-17 late in the half. Corbett, however, responded by ending the period on a 9-2 run. Kendal scored eight of her 16 points in the quarter, including a three-point play that trimmed the deficit to 27-26 before the break.
"I just wanted to help my team out and get those crucial points when we needed them," Kendal said. "Unfortunately, our defense wasn't as strong as it usually is."
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