Bishop Blanchet 65, Wilson 55
The Braves turned a close game into a rout with a 23-8 second quarter. Just before halftime, the Rams turned the ball over five of six trips down the floor, part of 13 total in the first half alone.
Blanchet advances to face Cleveland for the third time this season for the 3A title at 9 p.m. on Saturday. The Eagles have beaten Blanchet both times by a combined 53 points.
Wilson (20-6) plays Bellevue at 1 p.m. for third and fifth.
Blanchet (24-4) cleared its bench for the final two minutes. Wilson made a run to get within 10 at the end only after the starters left for the Braves, who maintained a 20-plus lead most of the second half.
Jadyn Bush scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Blanchet. Josie Matz matched Bush with 22 points for the Rams.
Cleveland 53, Bellevue 43
The Eagles blew almost all of a late 10-point lead, but finished the game on a 9-0 run to advance.
Cleveland (26-2) will face Bishop Blanchet for the 3A title at 9 p.m. on Saturday. The Wolverines (22-7) play the Rams of Wilson for third and fifth places at 1 p.m.
Trailing 43-33 early in the fourth quarter, Bellevue’s Shelby Cansler took things into her own hands. The 6-foot sophomore scored, scored and scored some more to give the Wolverines a chance.
At one point, Cansler scored 14 in a row for Bellevue. She finished with a game-high 28 points and 15 rebounds.
Cansler’s last two, on a short jumper in the lane, got the Wolverines to within a point, 44-43. Cansler was 14 of 34 shooting for the game, setting a new 3A tournament single-game record for attempts. The old record was 30, set by Hazen’s Airashay Rogers in 2009.
But she missed her final three shots, and Bellevue committed three turnovers down the stretch. Cleveland took advantage at every turn.
Myzhanique Ladd scored 14 points, including six of seven free throws; Makala Roper added 14 points, and Joyce Harrell contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Consolation bracket games
University 48, Mercer Island 41
The Islanders fell behind 11-0 in the first quarter, but came all the way back to take their first lead of the game with 3:39 left in the third quarter.
Taylor Krause scored to give Mercer Island (16-12) a 29-28 lead. It didn’t last. Kaitlin Pannell buried a 3-pointer for the Titans (11-15) with 2:56 to play in the quarter, staking University to a 31-29 lead it would never relinquish.
Not a single player scored in double figures for either team. Pannell and Ashley Woods each had eight to lead University.
Krause led all scorers for the Islanders with nine, and she grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Sunnyside 67, Lincoln (Tacoma) 54
Starting guards Emilee Maldonado, Natalia Bazan and Jordan Rodriguez combined for 51 points as the fourth-ranked Grizzlies (22-4) assured themselves of tying and possibly exceeding the school’s best state finish of sixth place.
Maldonado, a 5-foot-2 freshman, supplied 19 points, was a force on offense, hitting 8 of 10 free throws. Bazan, a junior, added 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor and Rodriguez, also a junior, chimed in with 14 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Tamia Braggs, a 6-2 sophomore, led Lincoln (20-7) with 25 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
The undersized Sunnyside, whose tallest player was a lot of times 5-foot-8, took it to the taller Abes, who can have 6-foot, 6-foot and 6-foot-2 across the front line, and ended their season.
The Grizzlies last reached the state tournament in 2002. Their best finishes were eighth in 1990 and sixth in 1991.
Sunnyside faces the University (Spokane)-Mercer Island winner for fourth and sixth places on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.