TACOMA — The Issaquah girls came to the Tacoma Dome with little fanfare, but the Eagles will go home with a trophy.
Issaquah, ranked No. 12 in the RPI, hit a couple of huge three-pointers to break away from a fourth-quarter tie, then went on to eliminate Moses Lake 68-57 on Friday morning.
Issaquah will play Todd Beamer of Federal Way at 8 a.m. Saturday for fourth and sixth places in the Class 4A state basketball tournament.
Issaquah (21-10), which won its fifth loser-out game, was in a 44-44 tie with Moses Lake midway through the fourth quarter when sophomore Keira Hanson and junior Alivia Stevens hit back-to-back three pointers. The outcome was not in doubt again.
“We came together at the right time,” Issaquah coach Doug Crandall said. “We had a lot of close losses early to some really good teams. I’ve got to admit, this is really satisfying because (Moses Lake) is a really good team and to see sophomores and juniors getting it done is great.”
Moses Lake was eliminated. The Chiefs were trying for their sixth state trophy since 2014.
Stevens had 21 points to lead Issaquah and Hanson, who was 5 of 5 on three-point attempts, added 20.
The Eagles were 9 of 17 on three-point shot and shot 48 percent overall (25 of 52).
Issaquah loses just two seniors — Lauren Frueh and Katie Macnary — who play significant minutes. But before looking ahead, the Eagles have one more game to play, thanks to surviving another loser-out game.
“It’s a testament to their fight,” Crandall said. “We have a couple of seniors who just didn’t want the season to end.”
But the bulk of the team will be back, and there is even more good news for Crandall.
“Things are looking great,” he said. “We also had a very good JV team with a lot of competition. We are building a culture.”
- Todd Beamer, ranked No. 2 in the RPI rankings, rebounded nicely from a tough loss to No. 1 Woodinville on Thursday that went to the final minute. The Titans eliminated Chiawana 51-41. Beamer senior Aaliyah Alexander was 11 for 11 from the foul line and scored 23 points. She also had nine rebounds.
- Skyview of Vancouver went home without a trophy after a 75-55 loss to Olympia, but it was no fault of senior forward Kyle Gruhler, son of coach Matt Gruhler. Kyle had 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting and 10 rebounds Thursday in a 65-64 loss to Central Valley after rallying from 18 points down late in the third quarter. He added 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting against Olympia.
- Sumner proved itself to be the giant killer of the tournament. The Spartans, who hadn’t won a state-tournament game since 1971, eliminated two-time defending champion Gonzaga Prep on Wednesday, then knocked out Federal Way, the champion in 2015 and 2016, with a 66-60 victory on Friday. The Spartans (21-6) outscored Federal Way 23-12 in the fourth quarter to rally for the win.