Lee Adams anguished in front of the Holy Names bench. He paced and put his hands on his head. His top-ranked Cougars were well on their...
TACOMA — Lee Adams anguished in front of the Holy Names bench.
He paced and put his hands on his head.
His top-ranked Cougars were well on their way to a 52-37 victory over Lakeside on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. But they weren’t playing up to their potential.
“We have expectations,” Lee said. “We want to play up to our standard all the time.”
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Holy Names (27-0) won despite committing 20 turnovers and missing nine free throws. Those kinds of mistakes could be costly in Friday’s semifinal against North Central of Spokane (18-8), scheduled for 5:30 p.m..
“We need to clean some things up,” Lee said.
He didn’t belabor the point with his players in the locker room.
“He wants us to do as well we can,” said senior Erika Johnson, who struggled offensively (eight points), but had 19 rebounds. “In there, he said, ‘I have nothing to tell you, because you already know what you’re supposed to do. You already know what’s expected. You can go out there and do it or you can fool around and lose.’ “
Holy Names hasn’t lost since last year’s championship game against Cleveland, when leading scorer Claire Conricode was on the bench with a fractured tibia suffered in the semifinals.
“Now, we’re really after it,” Conricode said.
Lakeside (17-11) lost for the fourth time this season to its Metro rival, but had its moments.
“We couldn’t push the bus over the hill,” coach Patrick Chinn said.
Junior Sophie Reichelt led Holy Names with 15 points, including three three-pointers, while Jasmine McCleave had 11.
Lakeside got 13 from Whitney Best.
Kennedy Cath. 40
The second-ranked Falcons (26-0) continue to show their fight without their best player, Heather Corral, who went down with a knee injury nearly two weeks ago.
After trailing by nine in the first quarter, they rallied to tie the score in the fourth and broke a 40-40 tie with a basket by Angela Gelhar off a feed from Lauren Goecke with 21 seconds to go. When the fourth-ranked Lancers failed to answer, Prairie sealed the victory with four straight free throws.
“It’s just a great testament to our kids,” coach Al Aldridge said. “They believe they’ve been a team all year and we’re not just one-dimensional team … They believe in themselves.”
The fourth-ranked Lancers (23-4) believed, too, and were confident they could avenge an earlier loss to Prairie. But they made key turnovers and missed all 10 of their three-point shots. In the end, they were disappointed by the outcome, but not the effort.
“Our team left it all on the floor,” said senior Aminah Willaims, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Allie Madison added 10 points and Jasmine Lemon nine for Kennedy Catholic.
Gelhar led all scorers with 16. The Falcons made 17 of 20 free throws, including nine of 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Falcons play Kamiakin of Kennewick (19-6) in the semifinals at 3:45 Friday.
G. Peak 50 (OT)
Torrey Hill hit a layin at the buzzer off a nifty feed from Oliva VanDlac to force overtime, but the Grizzlies ultimately came up short.
“It was a roller coaster, that’s for sure,” coach Brian Hill said. “We were gassed at the end.”
Glacier Peak (15-10), a third-year school in the tournament for the first time, trailed by 10 midway through the fourth quarter before using an 11-0 spurt to take the lead with Katie Hawkins converting a three-point play with 1:35 to play in regulation.
Kassy Larson, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds, put the Braves up 45-43 with a putback with 4.4 seconds to go, setting up Hill’s heroics. Hawkins led a balanced Glacier Peak attack with 12 points, followed by Becca Smith (11) and VanDlac (10).
Larson had back-to-back baskets in overtime to put Kamiakin ahead 51-47 and the Grizzlies never recovered.
North Central 53,
This is the 37th year of girls basketball at the Spokane school, and the Indians’ first time at state. They already are assured of a trophy and hope to surprise Holy Names.
“Who knows what can happen,” coach Gabe Medrano said.
Tara VanWeerdheuzen, a 6-foot-2 senior, caused the Auburn school all kinds of trouble with 14 points and seven blocked shots. The Indians forced 21 turnovers.
Auburn Mountainview (22-8) managed just four points in the first 11 minutes. After trailing by 15 heading into the fourth quarter, the Lions got within nine with four minutes to play. But North Central responded with a 9-2 run quash any further comeback notions.
Cait Carr finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for Auburn Mountainview.
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