The Wilson High girls basketball team will head home early after missing two 3-point opportunities to tie it in the last 7.8 seconds, dropping their loser-out game to Arlington, 59-56, on Friday at the Tacoma Dome.
Josie Matz couldn’t connect from deep, and Rams failed to come down with the rebound, but forced a jump ball. Kiara Knox stole Arlington’s in-bounds pass, but her shot rimmed off at the buzzer.
“It’s not that we didn’t want it,” coach Michelle Birge said. “Mentally we wanted it. Physically, we couldn’t get our bodies to respond always.”
The Rams opened on a 9-2 run, but ran into foul trouble early. Morrow – who led Wilson with 19 points, six rebounds – picked up her fourth foul before the half.
She rode the bench until 3:50 remaining in the third when the Eagles knotted it up at 33. Jessica Ludwig drove past Morrow a minute later to gain a lead Arlington wouldn’t relinquish.
Matz scored 16, but finished 3-of-14 from the field. After a rough shooting day Thursday, she was absent from her usual spot in Wilson’s starting line-up. She was selected as an All-Tournament player last season as a freshman when Wilson took 5th.
“Whether I started or not I had to come in and help get my team a win but unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Matz said.
Birge isn’t overly concerned about Matz, and called her a “resilient, fierce competitor.” She expects Matz and the Rams to be back at the tournament next season.
- Lauren Smith, contributing writer