Two days down, two to go.
It was a long, long day of basketball here at the Tacoma Dome yesterday (last game ended just before midnight). Let’s hope we stay on schedule today.
Here’s the line-up, starting with four loser-out games, with the winners assure of a trophy.
Consolatoin games (loser out)
Capital 42, Yelm 41
In the best finish of the tournament thus far, Tasha Hollingsworth dribbled upcourt and hit a driving bank shot at the buzzer to assure the Cougars of a trophy.
Capital (19-9), which beat Yelm for the third time in four tries, trailed 36-25 late in the third quarter. and 41-37 with less than 40 seconds to play.
Hollingsworth made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 41-38 with 37.4 on the clock. Then, after a Yelm free-throw miss, Aria Goodman scored on a baseline jumper to close it to 41-40 with 14 seconds left.
Another Yelm miss at the line with six seconds to play left the door open. Kelsey Antels rebounded, got the outlet pass to Hollingsworth near mid-court, and the savvy senior did the rest. She finished with 17 points, as did Yelm freshman Anushka Maldonado.
Yelm, which finishes the season 19-8, made just 5 of 13 free throws. Capital (18-9) plays East Valley of Spokane (11-18) for fifth and eighth places Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
East Valley (Spokane) 52, Lakes 43
The team that came in with the worst record in the tournament is going home with a trophy. The Knights, now 11-18, play Capital (18-9) at 11:30 a.m. Saturday to decide fifth and eighth places.
E-V took control early and led 35-15 at halftime. Standout guard Jenni White put together 16 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Kimmie Thatcher added 15 points, while Amber Swyers chipped in 10.
Lakes, which ends up 19-9 for the season, got 17 points from senior Brit-taini Terry and 16 points from freshman Braile Fields.
Seattle Prep 44, Prairie 35
The Panthers (18-10) built a 16-point lead in the third quarter and held off Prairie down the stretch to clinch a trophy.
They play Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against the Kennedy for fourth and seventh places.
Prairie (19-8), which has a run of 12 straight state trophies end, got within five with 1:36 to play, but Seattle Prep finished strong.
Kari Luttinen made 10 of 12 free throws and finished with 25 points to lead the way. Prairie freshman Emily Rowe scored 12.
Kennedy 47, Shorecrest 37
Down seven early in the second half, the Lancers slowly made their way back and used a 10-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter to assure themselves of a trophy.
Allie Madison led a balanced Kennedy attack with 12 points, then had a knee attended to after the game and might be questionable for Saturday’s game against Seattle Prep.
Yaz Fuller and Aminah Williams each had 11. Fuller nailed a long three-pointer as the shot clock ran out to make it 43-34 with 3:44 to play.
Shorecrest, which winds up 18-9 for the season, got 15 points and nine rebounds from Brianne Lasconia.
Kennedy (23-4) faces Seattle Prep (18-10) at 2 p.m. Saturday with fourth and seventh places on the line.
Holy Names 47, Shadle Park 42
Top-ranked Cougars (26-2) avenge last year’s semiinal loss to Shadle and advance to the title game against Cleveland (21-7) in an all-Metro final.
Claire Conricode scored 13 points before going down in the second half with an ankle injury. Her status for Saturday is uncertain.
SopheReichelt led the Cougs with 16. Erika Johnson struggled with her shot (3 of 12), but had a strong all-around game with 11 rebounds, five assists four blocks and nine steals (one short of the tournament record).
Shadle (18-9) got 18 points from Chelsea Chandler (10-for-10 at the line). Aleisha Hathaway played through a queasy stomach and scored just four points, 10 below her average.
The Highlanders play Mercer Island for third and sixth places Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Mercer Island 57,Cleveland 55
The surging Eagles built a 17-point lead late in the third quarter, then held on to pull another upset and advance to the title game for the first time in school history.
Cheyenne Wilson scored 24 points and sister Whitney Wilson had 16.
Third-ranked MI had a chance to tie or take the lead with Hannah Lilly at the line and 2.7 seconds remaining, but neither free throw would fall. Lilly keyed the Islanders’ comeback with 10 of her 17 points in the second quarter.
Mercer Island (22-5), coming of the upset of Kennedy on Thursday, now plays for third and sixth places Saturday at 3:30 against Shadle Park.