Arlington’s dream season ended one victory short of its destination.
Mead of Spokane was just too much.
The second-ranked Panthers, who edged No. 1 Mount Rainier in the semifinals, used a 13-2 run over the second and third quarters to stretch a five-point lead to 16 and the No. 6 Eagles got no closer than nine the rest of the way.
Arlington, coming off an overtime win over rival Lake Stevens thenight before, shot just 21.1 percent from the floor in the first half and 26.7 for the game.
Mead (25-1) got a big night from 6-2 sophomore Sue Winger, who put together 16 points and 10 rebounds, both game-highs. She had a pair of three-pointers late in the third quarter as the Panthers opened up a 46-29 lead.
Arlington (22-5) opened the fourth period with a 10-2 spurt, getting threes from Krista Showalter and Taylor Graham to cut it to 48-39. But Mead responded with a 10-1 run to regain control.
Ashlyn Lewey added 14 points, while Jade Redmon and Delany Junkermier had nine apiece. Redmon also contributed five rebounds and six assists. She was named to the all-tournmament first team with Junkermier. Lewey was a second-team selection.
Graham led the Eagles with 12. Lindsay Brown matched 7 points with 7 rebounds and her overall tournament play landed her a spot on the first team, along with Brittany McPhee of Mount Rainier and Brooke Pahukoa of Lake Stevens.
McPhee was voted tournament MVP.
Arlington sophomore Jayla Russ, who had a big semifinal game, was in foul trouble for most of Saturday’s game and finished with just three points. But she was a second-team selection along with Otiana Gildon (Gonzaga Prep), Laura Stockton (Gonzaga Prep) and Deja’ Strother (Inglemoor).
It’s Mead’s first title since 1996 and fourth overall. The Panthers lost to Auburn Riverside in the the 2010 championship game, in overtime.
Arlington’s only title came in 1982. This was the Eagles’ first time back in the tournament since 2001.