With star and leading scorer Bethany Montgomery sitting out more than half the game after a technical on Friday, the third-ranked Rams (23-3) still bounced back for an easy victory and claimed the school’s first trophy finish with third place.
Tia Briggs supplied 16 points and 12 rebounds as Wilson used a 15-4 second-quarter advantage to take control. Montgomery, the Eastern Washington University commit who had six points and six rebounds in the consolation game, thought she tied Friday’s semifinal with a game-tying three-pointer with two seconds left only to have it ruled by officials as a two-pointer.
The Rams fell 36-33 to Seattle Prep in that semifinal. Montgomery was hit with a technical foul for taking her jersey off and throwing it to the Tacoma Dome floor with .9 seconds left. Holly Tonry nailed two free throws for Prep’s final margin.
Montgomery’s playing time was limited on Saturday as disciplinary action for her reaction to Friday’s referee decision on the shot.
Shelby Cansler, a 6-foot freshman, led fifth-ranked Bellevue (25-4) with 11 points and seven rebounds. It marked the Wolverines best state finish since taking seventh place in 3A in 2003.
Violet Morrow chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds for Wilson, which in the last three days equaled the school’s previous win total at state with two wins. Kaysha Fox added 11.