Seattle Prep 36, Wilson (Tacoma) 33, semifinals
The misses kept piling up. So did the fouls.
The odds kept stacking up, but the Seattle Prep girls basketball team somehow managed to keep believing in each other.
Senior Holly Tonry, getting her first taste of state after injuries the three previous years, scored the fourth-ranked Panthers’ final seven points to help them past third-ranked Wilson of Tacoma 36-33 in Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal at the Tacoma Dome.
Seattle Prep, clinging to a 34-31 lead, withstood what looked like the game-tying three-pointer with two seconds left from Bethany Montgomery, but officials ruled the shot a two-pointer. The referees said Montgomery’s foot was on the three-point line in the left corner when she buried a contested shot over two defenders.
Tonry, a 5-foot-5 guard, finished with nine points as the Panthers rallied from a game-long deficit and reached the state finals for the third time in school history and first since winning it in 2002 and falling in the title game in 2003.
Prep faces the winner of the Bellevue-Cleveland semifinal in the championship game on Saturday at 3 p.m. If it is Cleveland, it would be the fourth meeting of the season between the Metro League schools. Prep has lost all three previous meetings by a combined nine points.
Montgomery took off her jersey and threw it the floor when the refs informed her team that her long-distance shot was a two-pointer, making the score 34-33 instead of 34-34. That drew a technical foul with .9 seconds showing and Tonry nailed two free throws for the final margin.
Tonry’s three-pointer with 36 seconds left got Prep over the hump and into the lead 32-31. It was the Panthers first lead since the first three minutes of the game.
Montgomery, a senior headed to Eastern Washington University, finished with 15 points and five rebounds for Wilson (22-3), which plays for third-fifth places on Saturday at 11:15 a.m.