Seattle Prep held off Stanwood 44-43 and second-ranked Cleveland routed Kelso 73-35 to reach the quarterfinals.
BELLEVUE — Quinn Glosniak tried to make them just like any other free throws.
But for the Seattle Prep senior guard, her two free throws with 6.8 seconds to play were hardly just any other attempts from the charity stripe.
After trailing for over 17 minutes spanning three quarters, the No. 4 Panthers defeated No. 10 Stanwood 44-43 in a winner-to-state, loser-out regional girls playoff game Friday night at Bellevue College.
Glosniak secured the win for the Panthers (21-5) by sinking those two free throws and the Panthers scored six of the game’s last nine points.
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“It’s great to know that our season’s not over,” Glosniak said. “It would have been awful to get so far and just have it be over like that.”
Glosniak, one of five Seattle Prep seniors heading to the state tournament, finished with eight points and made it sound like the last two were no bigger than any others.
“I honestly just tried to clear my mind,” Glosniak said of her approach at the free-throw line. “Just make it like practice. It’s all about repetitions in practice. I’ve done it a thousand times, so I just tried to get in that mindset.”
The Panthers have won 15 of their past 17 games.
“Any game, any team right now, it’s going to be a battle,” Seattle Prep coach Michelle Hall said. “It came down to execution down the stretch for us.”
Sophomore wing Tristan Murphy of the Spartans (20-5) scored 16 points, including 10 of her team’s 12 in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers took a 32-31 lead on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Andraya Flor with five seconds remaining in the third quarter.
“That was huge,” Glosniak said. “It was a huge swing in momentum. It really helped get us fired up to finish the rest of the game.”
It was the Panthers’ first lead since Mary Ann Santucci hit a three with 2:30 to play in the first quarter. Santucci led the Panthers with 16 points.
Cleveland 73, Kelso 35
Makala Roper’s season-high 27 points led the No. 2 Eagles (24-2) to a rout of the Hilanders (17-11).
“She was just shooting really well,” Cleveland coach Stephenie Wheeler-Smith said of Roper. “She was shooting the lights out.”
Wheeler-Smith was pleased with her team’s effort.
“They rebounded well and they shared the ball, which is what they always do.”