Brittany Barrington was bummed as Federal Way bumbled. The Eagles chances of winning the Class 4A state girls basketball championship seemed...
TACOMA — Brittany Barrington was bummed as Federal Way bumbled.
The Eagles chances of winning the Class 4A state girls basketball championship seemed to be slipping away in the quarterfinal game against upstart Mount Rainier Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
So Barrington decided to be the difference-maker, and she was, leading Federal Way to a 60-53 victory.
“I thought, ‘I’ve got to step it up, and if I step it up, the next person’s going to step up and then everybody will step their game up,’ ” the 5-foot-6 senior said.
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She was right. Barrington scored seven of her 17 points late in the third quarter to key an 11-0 run that gave the Eagles their first lead of the game, 45-42. She turned up the defensive pressure on freshman phenom Brittany McPhee, who had 25 points early in the fourth period, helping hold her to just two more the rest of the way.
And Barrington contributed key steals and rebounds in the decisive 13-2 run that sends No. 4 Federal Way (25-2) into Friday’s 7:15 p.m. semifinal against No. 2 Chiawana of Pasco (23-3).
“To be honest with you, Brittany Barrington put us on her shoulders,” coach Danny Graham said. “Without her, we lose by 40 probably.”
Bob Bolam, the coach for No. 7 Mount Rainier (22-6), credited Barrington, too.
“She just killed us,” he said. “She was unreal.”
McPhee certainly was that, too. She made eight of 13 shots for the field, including a three-pointer and 10 of 12 free throws, and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
Bellarmine Prep 39 (OT)
Melissa Gilkey and Ali Forde have the eighth-ranked Falcons in uncharted territory — the Final Four.
The two combined for 32 points and 27 rebounds as Woodinville rallied for its 13th straight victory to earn a spot in the semifinals for the first time in school history. The Falcons (21-5) play at 9 p.m. Friday against Lewis and Clark of Spokane.
Gilkey, who had 21 points and 14 boards, delivered back-to-back buckets in overtime to start Woodinville’s 9-0 run to finish the game.
“She’s a warrior,” coach Scott Bullock said. “She’s our catalyst.”
And Forde was the finisher, scoring seven of her 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. She had been shut out in the first half after picking up two early fouls and it helped keep the Falcons out of sync. They scored only 13 points in the first half.
“I think we were just all anxious,” Gilkey said. “We were really excited for everything. It took us a while to adjust, I guess, but we did it.”
Forde was checked by trainers after the game for signs of a possible concussion after banging her head on the court taking a charge, but was optimistic about playing Friday.
“I’m good,” she said.
Top-ranked Bellarmine Prep (21-5) led 22-13 early in the third quarter, then watched the game slip away. The Lions were outscored 11-1 in overtime. Sarah Hartwell led Bellarmine with 17 points.
Chiawana 53, Lake Stevens 49
The Vikings felt like they missed an opportunity against the Pasco school. The truth was, they missed several.
“For three quarters we had them,” Lake Stevens forward Meghan Warbis said. “We dictated the game. Then for one quarter, we gave it away.”
A close game throughout, neither team led by more than four points over the last 10 minutes after Mahea Puha sank a three-pointer for the Vikings with 1:52 to go in the third quarter. That got Lake Stevens within three, 40-37.
Six minutes later, Abby Molstre’s basket with 4:21 left in the game gave the Vikings their first lead since early in the second quarter, 43-42.
“Layups and free throws,” Lake Stevens coach Randy Edens said. “We missed a couple of opportunities tonight. If we get those, we probably close it out.”
Brooke Pahukoa of Lake Stevens scored 15 points.
Lewis and Clark 61,
Junior guard Devyn Galland scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half as the unranked Tigers (18-6) repelled the 10th-ranked Warriors’ second-half bid.
L&C sealed the win by sinking 14 of 17 free throws in the final 3:28 and finished 20 of 29, including 11 of 12 by Galland. E-W was 5 of 18 on foul shots.
The Warriors (24-5), who were led by Ashley Albertson’s 19 points and 12 rebounds, had won six consecutive loser-out games before Thursday’s loss.
Freelancer Matt Massey contributed to this report.