No. 1 Gonzaga Prep controlled the tempo and finally got Lynnwood to crack down the stretch in a 61-56 state girls basketball semifinal win Friday at the Tacoma Dome.
Otiona Gildon led the Bullpups with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Laura Stockton added 16 points. The Greater Spokane League champions only allowed three fastbreak points to the speedy Royals.
“That is how they want to play – control tempo with pressure,” Bullpups coach Mike Arte said. “Our girls did a nice job of handling it.
“Our two guards (Stockton and Hannah Caudill), they have been playing together since third grade. They are like twin sisters. They know each other left and right and they handle pressure really well.”
Lynnwood (24-2) briefly held the lead – 47-46 – with 4:23 to go. But the Royals turned the ball over five times over six possessions.
And Gildon’s baseline fallaway 6-footer rolled in. She converted a three-point play to give the Bullpups a 56-49 lead with 1:21 to play.
“The wheels fell off the bus a little bit,” Lynnwood coach Everett Edwards said.
A GSL school will play for the 4A title for the eighth time in the past nine seasons.
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