March 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM
Girls 3A state championship: Cleveland 45, Seattle Prep 43, OT
Junior Asiyah Davis scored her only basket of the game on a rebound putback with 19 seconds left in overtime after two other teammates missed short shots as the second-ranked Eagles (27-2) won their second state title in four years and second in school history.
Cleveland trailed 43-41 until MyMy Ladd scored on a driving runner to tie the game at 43-43 with 1:22 left in overtime.
Alexia Mefi led the Eagles with 15 points, including seven in the second quarter, as they downed their Metro League rivals for the fourth time this season. The combined margin of the four wins was 11 points, with the last two coming down to one point in the Sea-King 3A District title game and two points in the state championship.
Fourth-ranked Seattle Prep (23-6) led 38-36 before Ladd tallied on a drive with 20 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Nicole Hall missed a short shot inside with three seconds left in regulation and Mefi rebounded and called timeout with .4 seconds left. Cleveland, which led by as many as 16 points in the first half, couldn’t get a shot off on the inbounds.
The Panthers were topped by the 19 points and 13 rebounds of Michaela Carew. Holly Tonry added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Seattle Prep won its only state title in 2002. They also lost in the 2003 title contest.
Cleveland outscored the Panthers 7-5 in overtime.
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