Universitys bid to become the first-ever 3A or 4A girls state champion with a losing record came to an end but not without scaring the heebie-jeebies out of Blanchet first.
University (10-15) led for the majority of the game and carried a 39-31 lead into the fourth quarter, sending press row scrambling to see if a team with a losing record had ever reached the semi-finals before.
Blanchet (23-4) put an end to the research project by going on a 14-2 run to open the fourth. Freshman center Jadyn Bush took control of the game, scoring ten of her game-high 18 points in the quarter including the go-ahead put-back.
Those guys were playing with house money, said Blanchet coach Bryan Willison. It scared me to death. I was not looking forward to this.
After going 5-13 to start the season, University caught fire and won five out of six games to streak through the district playoffs and reach the Tacoma Dome.