Who is this peppy for a 9 a.m. state basketball tournament game in the Tacoma Dome?
Apparently, the seventh-ranked Lincoln High School girls don’t mind it one bit.
In an unexpected blowout, the Abes are on to the Class 3A quarterfinals after a 65-54 victory over West Seattle on Wednesday.
It was their first state-tournament win at the Tacoma Dome since 2006.
And Lincoln (20-6) will be back on the courtfor Thursday’s first game — at 9 a.m. — against No. 6 Stanwood.
Senior Morticia McCall led the Abes against West Seattle with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Her right-corner 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in the first half capped a 12-2 run in the final 2:04 to give Lincoln a 33-15 halftime lead.
The Abes shot 52.2 percent from the floor in the first half (12 for 23). They made eight of the final 12 field goals in a 6:48 span.
And they played wide awake following an early morning shootaround at school.
“We all came at 6:30 (a.m.) to get shots up,” McCall said. “And the music was playing. When that happens, we are an energetic team. We were just hyped.”
Lincoln coach Jamila Jones threw West Seattle a curveball by coming out in a 2-3 zone — with McCall (5-foot-10), A’shia Donahue (6-2) and Shawndriea Brown (6-0) in the middle of it.
That led to eight Wildcats’ turnovers in the first 12 minutes.
“Nobody who scouted us has seen that,” Jones said. “And that’s because I grew up in an era where you don’t play zone (defense), so it was kind of hard. But when they get after it like that — get hands on basketballs — we are pretty good.
“That big group was active.”
Five days ago in a 3A regional game against Snohomish, the Abes led by 13 points at halftime — and ended up losing in overtime, 41-39.
But on Wednesday, they kept the pressure on, stretching the lead to 37-15 after Kondalia Montgomery’s steal and layup 1:44 into the second half.
The last time the Abes won in the state quarterfinals was in 1980 — a 63-59 win over Auburn. That was the year they went to the state title game, losing to Garfield.
“As a team (last week), we were far apart,” McCall said. “But we just all came together for this last week in the Dome.”