Gonzaga Prep beats Mount Rainier for title
The Rams looked in control.
Mount Rainier’s star, Brittany McPhee already had 22 points and with 2:50 left in the third quarter, the Rams held a 10-point lead.
It all changed in a heartbeat as the Bullpups came all the way back to claim the 4A title at the Tacoma Dome, 53-51.
Otiona Gildon scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Gonzaga Prep shut down McPhee in erasing a 47-42 deficit after three quarters. McPhee made just one bucket in the final eight minutes, though she finished with a game-high 28 points and was named the tournament MVP.
Mount Rainier still led it 47-39 with 47 seconds to play in the third quarter. But Laura Stockton drove to the basket, sank the shot and was fouled with 24 seconds left.
Stockton, also named to the all-tournament first team, made the free throw to get the Bullpups within five heading into the fourth quarter.
Gildon then took over, scoring Gonzaga Prep’s first 10 points of the period.
Brittany McPhee, Mount Rainier (MVP)
Laura Stockton, Gonzaga Prep
Deja Strother, Inglemoor
Otiona Gildon, Gonzaga Prep
Mikayla Pivec, Lynnwood
Jessie Loera, Moses Lake
McKenna Walker, Moses Lake
Aubrey Ward-El, Skyview
Aqeelah Williams, Mount Rainier
Hannah Caudill, Gonzaga Prep
Lynnwood 48, Moses Lake 38
The top-ranked Royals shook off their Friday night semifinal loss and pulled away in the second half to take third place in 4A. It is the school’s best finish ever.
Lynnwood (24-2) used a 9-0 run to end the third quarter to finally take the lead for good, 37-34. The Chiefs (21-6) then went cold.
Moses Lake didn’t make a shot in the fourth quarter, managing only four free throws. The teams traded leads over the first three quarters.
Lynnwood was up 10-8 after one. Moses Lake held a 22-20 advantage at the half, and then the Royals got on that run to take the three-point advantage into the fourth.
Jasmin Edwards scored 18 points for Lynnwood to lead all scorers. She made seven of nine free throws. Mikayla Pivec added 15 points and 19 rebounds.
McKenna Walker led Moses Lake with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Inglemoor 39, Skyview 36
The Vikings rebounded from a quarterfinal loss on Thursday to earn its best finish ever – fourth place. Prior to this week, Inglemoor was 2-8 overall in four tournament appearances, with only a single sixth-place trophy to its credit.
The Vikings (23-4) took advantage of some cold shooting by Skyview (25-3) to take an early lead. The Storm made just one of its first 15 shots, but got the game tied, 15-15, by the half.
Inglemoor got back in front, and built a 32-23 lead early in the fourth quarter. But with Deja Strother in foul trouble, Skyview went inside. Even as Strother was there, the Storm shot over her and crawled back to within a point, 32-31 with an eight-point spurt.
Strother, though, stayed in the game the entire fourth with those four fouls. She continued to be dominant on the offensive end, and on the boards, eventually fouling out both of Skyview’s post players – Jocelyn Adams and Georgia Romine-Black.
Strother finished with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. She blocked three shots.
Aubrey Ward-El and Adams each scored 11 points to pace the Storm, which earned the sixth-place trophy.