Brianne Lasconia scored 23 points, including 10 in the pivotal fourth quarter, as Shorecest defeated Glacier Peak, 63-51.
LYNNWOOD — Brianne Lasconia tried to stay focused.
She kept her headphones on most of the day and tuned out other distractions as best as she could.
All she could think about was facing Glacier Peak in the Class 3A Northwest District title game Saturday night for the second year in a row and how Shorecrest was trying to sweep the Grizzlies this season.
Facing the same situation last year, Shorecrest fell short.
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“They’ve always been our rivals even more so than Shorewood and it’s always such a close game, so we have a lot of respect for them,” said Lasconia, a senior guard. “Last year we were in the same exact position. We beat then twice during the regular season. District championship here at Lynnwood. And we ended up falling short in overtime. So we really, really wanted this like crazy bad more than I ever wanted a game in my whole life.”
Lasconia and the Scots made this experience more memorable.
Lasconia scored 23 points, including 10 in the pivotal fourth quarter, as Shorecest defeated Glacier Peak, 63-51.
The victory left the No. 10-ranked Scots (19-5) cutting down the nets at Lynnwood and preparing for a trip to the 3A regionals.
Glacier Peak (17-6) moves on to play Lynnwood Feb. 21 in a loser-out, winner-to-regionals game.
“Glacier’s a great team, and it’s tough to beat great teams three times in a season,” Shorecrest coach Dori Monson said. “We knew Glacier was going to be really motivated against us. We told our girls it was going to take their best game of the year and then they went out and played it.”
Glacier Peak trailed 31-30 at halftime then went on a 7-0 run to force Monson to call a timeout.
The Grizzlies led 39-33 before the Scots charged back, eventually going on a 13-2 run to take back the game’s momentum.
Lasconia swished two 3-pointers to end that run, causing the Grizzlies to take a timeout of their own.
“I think Bri Lasconia is one of the best players in the state,” Monson said. “She showed it tonight. The way she picked up our team when Glacier had opened up that lead was just an absolute wonderful performance by a great player.”
Monson, the Seattle radio talk show host by day, was emotional before the game, tearing up during a pregame song in the locker room. Afterward, he beamed about his team’s performance.
Janie Uppinghouse added 12 points for Shorecrest, while sophomore Onyie Chibuogwu was tough inside with 10 points.
“This is a team effort,” Monson said. “We sat down at midnight in November and talked about our goals. The district championship was the goal that every single of these girls and coaches set. This was really a great team effort all season long and certainly tonight.”
Glacier Peak was led by the 14 points of Allie Weathersby and 13 from Taylor Rasmussen. Katie Hawkins had nine points.
Lynnwood 70, Ferndale 54 (loser out)
Sophomore guard Jasmin Edwards scored 18 points and Arsenia Ivanov added 15 to help keep the Royals’ season alive.
Lynnwood plays a winner-to-regional, loser-out game Tuesday night at Mountlake Terrace.
“No one wanted it to be the end of the season,” said senior guard Casey Evans, who scored seven points. Meghan Cross added 12 points for Lynnwood, which led 45-24 at halftime.