She hit a three-pointer at the buzzer as the Falcons earned a spot in the Class 4A state semifinals by beating the Chargers in overtime 55-54. They’ll play league rival Eastlake for a spot in the title game.
TACOMA — Four-high.
That’s the play Madison Dubois called with Woodinville down two with 2.4 seconds left in overtime to Kentridge. It’s a play designed with a double-screen at the top of the key to get Dubois loose beyond the three-point line.
Dubois broke open and connected on a deep three-pointer from the left wing as time expired and No. 5-seeded Woodinville (21-4) defeated the No. 3-seeded and defending Class 4A state champion Kentridge 55-54 on Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
“As soon as I let it go, I knew it was going in,” Dubois said. “Everyone just started rushing the floor. It was the best feeling ever.”
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Kentridge’s Jaquaya Miller made a pair of free throws with 26.7 seconds left to put the Chargers up 54-52 in overtime. The Falcons called time out with 18.2 seconds left and the play Woodinville coach Scott Bullock dialed up was smothered by Kentridge and the Chargers deflected a desperation pass to the corner out of bounds with under three seconds left.
With no timeouts, the Falcons players scrambled and Dubois clamored to run “four-high,” because she wanted the last shot.
Bullock is glad she did.
“They were able to get themselves organized, and sure enough, she was right there where we wanted her to be, open three-ball (for) our best three-point shooter,” he said.
After trailing 30-23 at halftime, the Falcons ended the third quarter on a 15-0 run to take a 42-36 lead. The Chargers ended regulation by scoring the last four points. Tresai McCarver made a pair of foul shots with 57.8 seconds left and Miller scored on a hook shot with 13 seconds left.
Dubois and freshman Mia Hughes each had looks around the basket at the end of regulation, but both attempts rimmed out.
“It felt like we had lost the game,” Bullock said.
Hughes led the Falcons with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Dubois added 12 points.
Miller finished with a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore post Jordyn Jenkins collected 11 points but fouled out with 3:36 remaining.
Woodinville advances to play its KingCo 4A rival, second-seeded Eastlake, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in the state semifinals. The Wolves defeated Camas 58-27 on Friday.
The two teams will face each other for the fourth time this season. Eastlake won the first matchup on Dec. 13 at home, but Woodinville has won the last two, including a 75-61 victory in the KingCo 4A championship game.
A win against the Wolves would guarantee a school-best state-tournament finish for Woodinville. The Falcons finished fifth in 2011.
After upending the defending state champions, the Falcons are riding high.
“Any win you get here is exciting, but the way it finished up here, it couldn’t be more exciting for us,” Bullock said.