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February 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Check here (or twitter) for updates from Puyallup

I’m at Puyallup High School for two 4A loser-out, winner-to-Tacoma quarterfinals, and will be both blogging and tweeting updates.

Boys game

(Winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)

Puyallup 74, Ballard 67

Salim Gloyd amassed 29 points and 19 rebounds, but the Vikings countered with five players in double figures to advance to the Tacoma Dome. Puyallup plays top-ranked Garfield Thursday at 12:15.

The Vikings (21-7) used a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to pull away. After Ballard closed it to 68-64 with 47.8 seconds to play, Puyallup hit 5 of 6 free throws to ice it. The Beavers finish a fine season at 16-9.

I’ve got my main story to write, so that’s it for now.

Below are earlier highlights:

Puyallup leads 73-64 with 19 seconds to go and is going to the line. They’re going to win this. Back in a bit with more details.

Brad Baker nails a three with 47.8 seconds to go and Puyallup’s lead is down to 68-64.

John Verduin scores off a feed from Gloyd, cutting it to 68-61 with 2 minutes left.

Gloyd hits 1 of 2 FTs and has scored all 9 of Ballard’s points this quarter; Puyallup in front 68-59 with 2:16 on the clock.

Puyallup is pulling away, 68-58; 3:09 to play.

Jay Balmer’s steal and layin makes it 63-58, Puyallup, and Ballard coach Billy Rodgers calls time out with 4:22 left, trying to call down his troops.

Salim Gloyd’s basket in the key is answered by two Erin Balmer FTs; 61-58 Puyallup with 4:40 to go.

Seth Berger called for an offensive foul, his fifth, with 5:31 left and Puyallup on top 59-56.

They’re calling it tight. Ballard now has 9 fouls. Jay Balmer’s two FTs put Viks up by three, 57-54.

Erin Barber’s three-point play gives Puyallup a 55-54 edge, then Ballard turns it over: just under 7 minutes to play.

Berger just picked up his fourth foul and comes to the bench with the game tied at 52.

It’s 50-all as we head into the final quarter.

Ballard’s Seth Berger hits 1 of 2 FTs to tie it at 48; 1:35 left in the third.

Wes Bledsoe’s trey puts Puyallup in front and Dom Holub follows with 1 of 2 FTs. But a drive by Seth Berger keeps Ballard within one, 46-45; 2:30 to go in the third.

It’s back-and-forth here in the third quarter. Beavers clinging to 41-40 lead with 4:40 on the clock.

Here we go with the second half. Ballard starts with possession.

John Verduin sinks two free throws with 16.7 left to give Ballard a 35-34 halftime lead over Puyallup. Salim Gloyd already has 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Beavers.

Puyallup leads 34-33 with a half-minute to go in the half.

We’re tied at 30 wit 2:50 left in the half.

Three-pointer by Jay Balmer puts Puyallup up 26-25, but Salim Gloyd answers with a three-point play; 28-26 Ballard.

Beavers finally score in the second quarter on a three by Stuart MacGeorge, putting them ahead 23-20 wit 5:08 to go in the half.

Ballard and Puyallup trade several misses, leading to a Ballard time out with 6:38 left in the half. Beavers still lead 20-18.

Each team hits a three in the final five seconds of the first quarter leaving Ballard up 20-18.

Seth Berger has the hot hand early for the Beavers hitting four straight baskets at one point. They’re up 15-7 with 3:25 left in the opening quarter.

We’re underway with the boys game. The winner plays top-ranked Garfield in the quarterfinals. So there’s a Bulldog contingent here — including Tony Wroten Jr. Ballard off to a 9-0 starty.

FYI: The Ballard-Puyallup boys game will start a little late. The Ballard bus apparently broke down and the team just arrived at about 2:35. Looks like we’ll start at maybe 3:10 or 3:15.

Girls game

(Winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)

Bellarmine Prep 43, South Kitsap 40

Senior Sarah Hartwell scored six of the Lions’ eight points in the fourth quarter as they held on to advance to the Tacoma Dome for the sixth straight year. She finished with a game-high 18.

South Kitsap had a pair of three-point misses in the final nine seconds, and both were close. The Wolves, who finish the season 20-5 were led by Dana Goularte with 11 and Jackie Steiger with 10. They shot just 29.1 percent from the field.

Top-ranked Bellarmine (21-4), which snapped a three-game losing streak, plays No. 8 Woodinville Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Here are some earlier highlights:

Bellarmine holds on to beat South Kitsap, 43-40. Back with details.

Both teams make mistakes down the stretch, turning it over. After a BP turnover, SK missed the potential-tying three, but tracked down the rebound, then turned it back. Time out with 21.5 left.

Callaghan loops up a shot underneath in traffic and it goes. She’s fouled, but misses the free throw; Bellarmine leading 43-40 with less than a minute to go.

Wolves close it to 39-31 on a three-pointer by Kelsey Callaghan, but Hartwell answers again. The the 5-2 Grace Beardemphl drives for a basket and BP is up 43-38 with 1:35 left in the game. Time out SK.

SK closes it to 37-35 before Sarah Hartwell ends scoring drought for BP; 3:13 to play.

Still a six-point lead for Bellarmine (37-31), which calls time out with 6:57 left in the game.

We’re heading into the fourth with Bellarmine leading 35-29.

Bellarmine is on a 12-2 run, now leading 35-26 with 2:30 left in the third quarter. Berdemphl has had back-to-back assists to Sarah Hartwell. Time out SK.

SK takes a 24-23 lead, then BP answers with threes from Jasmyne Holmes and Grace Beardemphl.

Three-pointer by Jackie Steiger pulls SK to 23-22.

Ready to start the third quarter, with Bellarmine getting the first possession.

South Kitsap manages just one field goal in the second quarter, but Bellarmine hasn’t been able to take full advantage, leading just 23-17 at the half. Both teams are struggling from three-point range. SK, which connected on 7 of 18 treys against Skyline, is just 1-for-6, while Bellarmine has missed all of seven of its tries.

Bellarmine is back on top, 15-12. SK has yet to score in the second quarter and there’s 4:26 left.

After that slow start, South Kitsap scored the final 10 points of the opening period and leads 12-11.

It’s 11-5, Bellarmine, with a timeout at the 2:28 mark of the first quarter. SK got its first basket with 5:04 on the clock.

Bellarmine is off to a quick start, leading South Kitsap 9-0.

First up, in just a few minutes is the girls game between No. 1 Bellarmine Prep and South Kitsap. It’s the third meeting of the season between the two Narrows League teams. Bellarmine, which lost last night to No. 4 Federal Way, has beaten the Wolves twice. SK eliminated Skyline last night and was impressive, so I’m expecting a good game.

Then at 3 p.m. we have the boys game between Ballard and Puyallup. The Beavers got here by beating Gig Harbor, while Puyallup lost to No. 4 Curtis.

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