Cleveland repeats in 3A
There would be no third blowout. But the Eagles likely won’t care that for the first time in three meetings this season, the Bishop Blanchet Braves stayed within nine points.
Cleveland still won the 3A state girls basketball title late on Saturday, 54-45.
The Eagles are the first team to repeat as 3A champions since Auburn Riverside did it in 2007 and 2008. It also is Cleveland’s third title in five years (the Eagles also won the 2010 championship).
Cleveland did have to work for this one.
After 38- and 15-point victories over its Metro rival already this season, the Braves gamely would not go away in the title game.
The Eagles got out to a 33-25 halftime lead, only to have Bishop Blanchet close the gap to two again on Bella Kemp’s layup with 3:38 to play in the third quarter. That made the score 37-35.
Taylor Chambers got Blanchet within three one more time, with 4:28 to play, on a nifty drive and layup. She was fouled, but missed the free throw that could have gotten the Braves within a bucket.
Cleveland responded with a 7-0 run to effectively put away its title victory.
Makala Roper, named the tournament MVP, led all scorers with 17 points. Myzhanique Ladd added 16 points and nine rebounds. Jadyn Bush and Chambers each had 10 to pace Blanchet.
Makala Roper, Cleveland (MVP)
Jadyn Bush, Bishop Blanchet
Myzhanique Ladd, Cleveland
Shelby Cansler, Bellevue
Josie Matz, Wilson
Mandy Steward, Bellevue
Jordan Rodriguez, Sunnyside
Emilee Maldonado, Sunnyside
Violet Morrow, Wilson
Taylor Chambers, Bishop Blanchet
Bellevue 70, Wilson 61
The Wolverines turned the tables on the Rams. Wilson beat Bellevue a year ago in this same game at state to take third.
On Saturday, the Wolverines (23-7) blew open a close game with a 22-9 third quarter to grab third. The Rams (20-7) take home the fifth-place trophy.
It is Bellevue’s best finish at state since it placed third in the 1976 4A tournament, one year after winning its only title in 1975.
Shelby Cansler took things over for Bellevue against the Rams. The sophomore made seven of 10 shots and 10 of 12 free throws. She scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out eight assists and had three steals.
Teammate Mandy Steward contributed 12 points despite sitting for much of the second half with foul trouble.
Violet Morrow scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds for Wilson.
Sunnyside 56, University 42
The Grizzlies used a 21-4 third-quarter run to break away from the Titans and complete the school’s most successful girls basketball season in history.
Sunnyside previously had placed on only two other occasions at state – eighth in 1990 and sixth in 1991. The Grizzlies had not even been to state before this season since 2002.
Now, the Grizzlies (23-4) have a fourth-place trophy from 3A to take with them into the ranks of 4A, which they will do starting next fall. Sunnyside returns all but one senior – Vanessa Alvarez – as it moves up in the Big 9.
Trailing 27-25 at the half, the Grizzlies opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run. The Titans (11-16) managed only four free throws in the quarter.
University didn’t make a field goal in the second half until Morgan Hawley sank a 3-pointer with 6:46 to play in the fourth quarter. That cut the Sunnyside lead to 15 points, 49-34.
Natalia Bazan scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Grizzlies scoring attack. Selena Rubalcava added 11 points.
Ashley Woods scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds for University.