March 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM
Girls: Mount Rainier 56, Lake Stevens 39
Brittany McPhee had another monster game — 25 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks, four assists, three steals — in her bid for tournament MVP honors. More importantly to her was leading the top-ranked Rams to victory in their final game of the season after Friday’s heartbreaking loss in the semifinals to No. 2 Mead.
Mount Rainier (27-2) finishes third for the second straight year. Lake Stevens (20-9) takes home the fifth-place trophy.
McPhee scored just six points in the first half — but got the help she didn’t get the night before as several other players stepped up. Sophomore Emily Fiso scored eight of her 14, including a pair of three-pointers. Jordan McPhee and Kaiti Freeburg added five each in the half.
The Rams led just 9-6 at the end of the first quarter, then stretched it to 29-17 by halftime.
Lake Stevens shot just 26.2 percent from the field and clearly had trouble bounced back from the overtime loss to WesCo-rival Arlington in the semifinals. Brooke Pahukoa was the only player in double figures with 13 points, but she made just 6-of-25 attempts from the field. The Vikings were out-rebounded 52-37.
It’s only the second state trophy for Lake Stevens, which placed fourth in 2011. The Vikings lost in the regional round last year by Skyview of Vancouver — which went on to win the title.
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