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March 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

3A State Girls Basketball Tournament recaps

Wilson 58, Mercer Island 33

Josie Matz made sure Sea-King District teams didn’t sweep all four semifinal berths.

After MI cut a 10-point halftime lead to three to start the third quarter, 24-21, the 5-8 freshman scored 10 unanswered points to put Wilson back in control for good. She finished with a game-high 25 points.

The eighth-ranked Rams (20-5) play No. 6 Bishop Blanchet Friday at 9 p.m. Wilson lost to Seattle Prep in last year’s semis.

Mercer Island (16-11) plays University of Spokane in a loser-out consolation game Friday at 2 p.m.

The Islanders shot just 12.7 percent from the field and were out-rebounded 63-40. Wilson’s Violet Morrow grabbed 18 boards (to go with nine points).

Sophomore Jessica Blakeslee was the only MI player to score in double figures with 11.

Wilson got 10 points from Kiara Knox.


Bishop Blanchet 50, University (Spokane) 45

Freshman Jadyn Bush sparked a second-half rally and finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, six blocked shots and three steals as the sixth-ranked Braves (23-4) advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since taking second in 2001.

The 5-foot-11 Bush scored 12 points in the second half as Blanchet rallied from an eight-point deficit late in the third quarter, down 39-31.

University (10-15) got nine points apiece from Ashley Woods, Morgan Hawley and Kylie Collins but couldn’t overcome the Braves’ tough defense and second-effort on the glass after intermission.

Blanchet outscored the Titans 19-6 in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Chambers, a freshman guard, supplied 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Braves, who took their first lead in the second half on Bush’s putback layin with 3:18 left in the game for a 42-41 edge.

Blanchet sank 8 of 12 free throws in the final 2:55 to pull away and hang on. Woods pulled University within 45-43 with 39.5 to play and then Hawley got the Titans to 47-45 with two free throws with 17.7 seconds to go.

Bush hit 3 of 4 foul shots in the final 16.5 seconds, including a pair with 8.3 seconds to seal the victory.

Blanchet meets the Wilson (Tacoma)-Mercer Island winner in a 9 p.m. semifinal on Friday.

Bellevue 66, Sunnyside 58

Junior Mandy Steward poured in a career-high 32 points as the fifth-ranked Wolverines (22-6) outran the fourth-ranked Grizzlies (21-4) at their own fast-paced game in the Class 3A state quarterfinal.

Bellevue built a 10-point lead early in the third quarter, but Sunnyside battled back and tied the game twice in the fourth quarter at 46-46 and 50-50, the last time with 4:45 left in the game.

Steward, who hit 10 of 17 field goals including 5 of 7 on three-pointers, gave Bellevue the lead for good at 52-50 on a jumper with 4:32 to go and then she stretched the lead to 55-51 on a three-pointer with 3:50 showing. Steward also had seven rebounds.

Sunnyside was within 57-55 on Emilee Maldonado’s two free throws with 2:10 remaining and then within 59-57 on Jordan Rodriguez’s putback at the 1:44 mark.

The Wolverines sank 5 of 6 free throws in the next 43 seconds for a 64-57 cushion.

Shelby Cansler added 15 points despite foul trouble for Bellevue.

Rodriguez led the Grizzlies with 15 points and Maldonado added 13.

The Wolverines played without head coach Leah Krautter, who gave birth Thursday at 12:30 to her first child. Krautter delivered a baby boy, Emmett Payne, five hours before her team delivered a berth in the state semifinals against  defending 3A state champion Cleveland (25-2).

Cleveland topped the Wolverines in last year’s state semis, 52-43, and beat them on Feb. 22, 2014 in the Sea-King District championship game by a 77-49 margin.

Cleveland 65, Lincoln 26

The top-ranked Eagles haven’t lost in Washington all season, and the Abes weren’t going to be the first to accomplish it.

Cleveland (25-2) scored the first 12 points of the contest, led it 28-6 after one quarter and 47-17 at the half. With just over two minutes left in the third quarter, the margin reached the magic 40-point mark, 61-21, which invoked the running clock for the remainder of the game.

Eagles coach Stephenie Wheeler Smith cleared her bench soon after. The backups managed just four more points the rest of the game, but the Abes (20-6) scored just five in the fourth quarter, anyway.

Cleveland’s pressure defense forced 20 Lincoln turnovers. The Abes made only 9 of 42 shots (21 percent). The Eagles, meanwhile, were 26 of 47 for the game.

Cleveland got a game-high 19 points from Makala Roper, who made the Eagles only three 3-pointers. Alexia Mefi added 16 points and nine rebounds.

Kiaira Thomas scored seven points to pace Lincoln.



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