Between the Class 4A and 3A boys and girls state tournaments, 60 basketball games will be played in the Tacoma Dome this weekend. The News Tribune will be at all of them, providing updates, game highlights, interviews, recaps and stats.
Here’s everything that happened during Saturday’s championships and placing games.
CLASS 4A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP
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The victory chants started echoing through the Tacoma Dome long before the final buzzer sounded.
Students from Gonzaga Prep were jubilantly repeating “back-to-back” with more than six minutes remaining in Saturday night’s Class 4A boys basketball state championship game — and they certainly weren’t premature.
Boosted by a near-perfect, 20-point third quarter — and Gonzaga signee Anton Watson’s game-high 33 points, eight rebounds and four assists — the Bullpups blew by Mount Si to capture their second consecutive championship with a commanding 69-43 win.
“It feels great,” Watson said. “We go back-to-back, and just to see everyone excited, happy, it just feels great.”
Gonzaga Prep (25-2) becomes the third 4A boys team to win back-to-back titles since the WIAA expanded to its six-classification format during the 2006-07 school year, joinging Federal Way (2015-16) and Ferris (2007-08).
“This group has been incredible,” Gonzaga Prep coach Matty McIntyre said. “They deserve this. And I’m just very happy for them.”
The Bullpups also finished their second consecutive season without a loss to an in-state team. The only two games Gonzaga Prep did drop this season were to two of MaxPreps’ nationally-ranked teams in Nevada’s Bishop Gorman (25th) and Florida’s University (15th).
In Washington, the Bullpups have proved unstoppable the past two seasons, including twice upending another national power in Federal Way — which the Bullpups topped in Friday’s semifinals, and last season’s title game.
“We’re always confident we’re going to win,” Watson said. “It’s been like that the last four years that I’ve been here.”
The Bullpups certainly weren’t lacking confidence against Mount Si. The lead changed nine times during the first 11 minutes of the game, but Watson gave the Bullpups the final lead, 20-19, with 5:39 to go in the second quarter.
Gonzaga Prep finished the half on a 13-4 run — including a Noah Drynan 3-pointer — and carried an eight-point lead into the break.
Watson, who was named the unanimous 4A tournament MVP by voting media members, proved a consistent frustration for Mount Si, and finished 16 of 19 shooting from the field.
He connected for eight of his baskets in the opening two quarters, eight more in the second half, and quickly became a matchup nightmare for the Wildcats.
“We definitely had an advantage down low, unlike last night (against Federal Way),” McIntyre said. “There was definitely a contrast from one night to the other, but I thought the kids did a really nice job of finding Anton in scoring positions, and Anton held a spot and went strong.
“He’s tough to handle down there.”
Tough? Perhaps impossible for a high school defender to contain — or, at least each defender who tried to limit him Saturday night.
“I just had to be aggressive and be assertive and get the ball,” he said.
Watson contributed six points to the Bullpups’ descisive third-quarter run — including two thunderous dunks that seemed to ignite Gonzaga Prep’s already scorching offense.
“Once I dunked it, I feel like that just brought the whole energy (up), and everyone just started to pick it up,” Watson said.
At one point in the third quarter, the Bullpups, who finished 31 of 48 shooting (64.6 percent) scored on seven consecutive possessions to push their lead to 20 points.
Mount Si (26-3) endured its longest scoring drougt of the game during that stretch, which lasted more than six minutes.
“At the end of the second quarter they got out and ran a little bit,” Wildcats coach Jason Griffith said. “Some of our trunovers turned into them scoirng on the other end.
“And then the third quarter was a buzz saw. They got a lot of confidence pushing the ball. I thought their energy increased, just becuase they knew they were bugging us on the defensive end. Before you know it, you look up and you’re down 20.”
Mount Si never recovered, and encountered a similar run in the fourth quarter, when the Bullpups scored on eight consecutive possessions, capped by a 7-0 run by Watson.
“At the end of the day, they have arguably the best player in the state, they’re extremely well coached and they share the ball,” Griffith said.
The Wildcats return much of their roster next season, including all three of their leading scorers from the championship game in junior Jabe Mullins (13 points), freshman Bennett O’Connor (13) and junior Tyler Patterson (12).
“It’s hard to get here,” Griffith said. “And that’s what I kept telling our kids. Everybody before the state tournament talked about next year, so i really tried to drill home, ‘Hey we’re capable of doing something this year,’ and they did.
“We beat a lot of good teams to get to this point. I don’t think it was an accident that we got here. but at the same time we got beat by a better team tonight.”
Sheadon Byrd added 11 points for the Bullpups in the win, while Liam Lloyd added nine.
Gonzaga Prep was one of four schools from Spokane — Mount Spokane boys and girls in 3A, and Lewis and Clark girls in 4A — that advanced to the Tacoma Dome, but the only one to secure a championship.
“It means a lot,” Watson said. “This is not just for G. Prep, this is for the city of Spokane, so it means a lot that we got the win.
“Shout out to the other teams in the (Greater Spokane League), because they got this far, but we had to finish it off. We had to win. We couldn’t lose.”
—Lauren Smith, staff writer
NO. 4 MOUNT SI
NO. 2 GONZAGA PREP
MS – Shooting: 17 of 45 (37.8 percent). Free throws: 3 of 4 (75). Turnovers: 12.
GP – Shooting: 31 of 48 (64.6 percent). Free throws: 6 of 11 (54.4). Turnovers: 6
MS – Bennett O’Connor 13, Jabe Mullins 13, Tyler Patterson 12, Brett Williams 5.
GP – Jacob Parola 6, Carter Sonneborn 5, Liam Lloyd 9, Sheadon Byrd 11, Anton Watson 33, Noah Drynan 5.
CLASS 4A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
It was about time the 4A KingCo crashed the big party.
That is what the Eastlake High School Wolves did Saturday night in winning their first Class 4A state girls basketball championship.
Led by tournament MVP Keeil Burton-Oliver’s 22 points and 12 rebounds, the Wolves finished off their marvelous run through the state tournament with a convincing 53-47 victory over Lewis and Clark in the Tacoma Dome.
Guard Callie Lind added 12 points, and Eastlake’s unsung hero — forward Mae Bryant — had 10 points, six rebounds, five blocked shots and was the one mainly in charge of holding down Tigers’ standout and UNLV-bound Jacinta Buckley (eight points on 4-of-18 shooting).
It was the first time a KingCo school won the 4A title since Garfield beat Snohomish in the 2004 finals.
And immediately, Wolves coach Sara Goldie saluted the toughness of her league, which she said was essential in Eastlake’s late-season growth.
“Thank you to every KingCo team that helped us prepare for this game,” Goldie said. “(They) made us better.”
The Wolves (21-6) weren’t even the 4A KingCo’’s best team during the regular season — 2018 state finalist Woodinville was.
But, in the regional round, Eastlake upended Woodinville, 63-54, to grab one of the state tournament’s four byes.
After that, they sent down Inglemoor (63-46) and Bellarmine Prep (76-46) to advance to play the top team from the Greater Spokane League, which had won the 4A title in five of the past seven seasons.
“That game gave us the momentum to come into state tournament the way we did, and helped us play the way we did,” Burton-Oliver said.
Eastlake closed out the third quarter Saturday with a flurry — Callie Lind’s 3-pointer and Burton-Oliver’s three-point play — to grab a 39-32 lead.
Lewis and Clark (23-3) trimmed it to 43-38 on Andie Zylak’s jumper with 4:58 to go, but Burton-Oliver responded with five consecutive points, including a right-corner 3-pointer, and suddenly the Wolves had their biggest 10-point advantage.
That was about it for the GSL champions, who went scoreless for a critical 4:22 stretch — until Dominique Arquette’s 3-pointer with 36.5 seconds remaining. She led Lewis and Clark with 19 points.
The Tigers not only saw their 13-game winning streak ended, but their bid for a fifth 4A crown was halted as well.
“These players believe in the system, and they believe in each other,” Goldie said. “When you have an opportunity and seize it, great things can happen.”
—Todd Milles, contributing writer
NO. 8 EASTLAKE
NO. 3 LEWIS AND CLARK
E – Shooting: 22 of 50 (44 percent). Free throws: 6 of 12 (50). Turnovers: 8.
LC – Shooting: 18 of 54 (33.3 percent). Free throws: 5 of 10 (50). Turnovers: 12.
E – Keeli Burton-Oliver 22, Mae Bryant 10, Callie Lind 12, Haley Huard 9.
LC – Kayle Bishop 3, Jacinta Buckley 8, Andie Zylak 6, Dominique Arquette 19, Anna Reeves 6, Sativa Rogers 3, Jaimyn Sides 2.
CLASS 3A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP
The O’Dea High School boys basketball team came into the Class 3A state tournament as the No. 11 seed.
That didn’t sit well with the Fighting Irish, so they decided to make a statement — leaving with the sixth state title in school history, and first since 2007.
“When we got that 11 seed, we felt disrespected,” sophomore wing Paolo Banchero said. “People didn’t take us seriously after our losses, but we had a lot of injuries all year.
“I was hurt, John (Christofilis) was hurt, Noah (Williams) was hurt. We never had a full squad, so we took some bad losses. Coming into this tournament with an 11 seed, we played with a chip on our shoulder.”
Since the WIAA’s RPI rankings began in 2017, the Fighting Irish (20-8), who routed second-seeded Mount Spokane, 70-39, Saturday night in the Tacoma Dome, are the lowest seed to win the state championship in any classification since 13th-seeded Foss won the 2A boys title that first season.
The 6-foot-9 Banchero was named the tournament’s MVP, averaging 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. He scored 20 points, with seven rebounds and five blocks in Saturday’s title game.
Senior guard Noah Williams played his best game of the tournament in the championship, finishing with 19 points and six rebounds. Williams shot a blistering 9 of 13 from the field and made his only 3-point attempt of the game.
“It means a lot to help my brothers,” Williams said. “We would have no ring right now if it wasn’t for (my teammates), so shout out to them.”
When asked if his team had a chip on its shoulder, Williams echoed Banchero’s sentiments.
“Most definitely,” he said. “I knew we were the best team in the state. I called it at the beginning of the year. On Twitter, I said we would win the state championship. … I said we would bring that gold ball back to First Hill, and that’s what we did.”
Just as important as Williams’ offense was his defense throughout the tournament. He was sharp on that side of the ball once again in the championship game, and gave Marysville-Pilchuck senior RaeQuan Battle, a Washington signee, and Eastside Catholic sophomore Shane Nowell, another Division I recruit, fits in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively.
“That’s all Coach (Jason) Kerr preaches about is defense,” Williams said. “Defense wins championships and that’s what we just won.”
Against Mount Spokane, O’Dea made a concerted effort to slow down the long-range shooting of the Wildcats, which had been a strength of theirs throughout the tournament. It worked, as Mount Spokane made just four of their 16 attempts from the perimeter.
“That was our main focus,” Banchero said. “We watched them against (Rainier) Beach, and they lit them up. We played Mtount Spokane last year in the first round, and we also played them in summer league, so we knew what they were about. We knew they could shoot the ball great.
“Our main focus was running them off the line and rebounding, because they are a great rebounding team as well.”
Mount Spokane (24-2) coach David Wagenblast said the combination of the Irish’s defense on the perimeter mixed with Banchero’s presence inside was too big of an obstacle to overcome.
“He makes all the difference in the world,” Wagenblast said. “You can afford to take tons of chances and pressure the heck out of the 3-point line when you’ve got one of the best players in the country blocking shots behind you. That’s why they are a special defensive team.”
Wagenblast was emotional after the game when talking about his eight seniors.
“These guys, all of them went to the same middle school,” Wagenblast said. “A lot of these guys have known each other forever and I’m so proud of them and all the hard work that they’ve put in.
“We were in this game, and we didn’t have the result that we wanted, but we made some unbelievable memories.”
On the other side, O’Dea has just two seniors and is poised to challenge for another title next year.
“We’re a really young team,” Banchero said. “We’ve got (four) sophomore starters. We’ve got a couple more sophomores on varsity and we have more coming up. We’ve got some freshmen. We’re a really young team.
“We only had two seniors, so we’ve got a lot in the tank left. We feel like we can come out next season and have another great season.”
O’Dea’s win extended the 3A Metro League streak in 3A championship games to eight consecutive seasons. Rainier Beach has won four titles in that span, Garfield two — including last year’s championship — and Nathan Hale one in 2017 with current Denver Nuggets player Michael Porter Jr.
Lakes was the most recent team outside of that league to win a championship, earning the 3A crown over Bellevue in 2011.
—Aaron Lommers, contributing writer
NO. 11 O’DEA
NO. 2 MOUNT SPOKANE
O – Shooting: 27 of 51 (52.9 percent). Free throws: 12 of 17 (70.6). Turnovers: 6.
MS – Shooting: 12 of 46 (26.1 percent). Free throws: 11 of 18 (61.1). Turnovers: 19.
O – John Misel 10, Paolo Banchero 20, Dezjay Perkins 2, Jermaine Davis 8, Noah Williams 19. Calvin Thomas III 2, Paul Johnson 6, Jaylon Ellis 3.
MS – Spencer Barrera 2, Tanner Brooks 1, Jerry Twenge 3, J.T. Smith 12, Tyson Degenhart, 14, Jojo Anderson 5, Jayden Williamson 2.
CLASS 3A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
It was fair to begin to wonder if the great Prairie High School girls basketball era had passed on for good.
Answer — it hasn’t.
Putting the clamps on a well-schooled, big-shot Mount Spokane offense, the top-seeded Falcons won their seventh state championship in school history Saturday with a hard-fought 37-35 victory in the Tacoma Dome.
It was the Falcons’ first state title since defeating Franklin for the 3A crown back in 2012.
“To win this thing, you have to play well and be good,” Prairie coach Hala Corral said. “You also have to be a little lucky.”
Prairie post player Brooke Walling scored a game-high 17 points. Her over-the-shoulder shot in the lane with less than five minutes remaining proved to be Prairie’s game-winning field goal.
Walling’s basket gave the Falcons (25-2) a 36-35 lead at the 4:56 mark. After that, both teams combined to miss their final 14 field-goal attempts — 11 by the second-seeded Wildcats (23-2), who only scored nine second-half points.
“Obviously we are disappointed,” Mount Spokane coach David Pratt said. “Prairie played fantastic basketball today. It seemed like neither tea could put the ball in the hole today … but I feel we had good looks.”
It was especially difficult for Wildcats standout Aspyn Adams to find any rhythm offensively. She missed back-to-back go-ahead 3-point attempts in the final 30 seconds.
Clinging to a 37-35 lead, Prairie had a chance to put the game away with Portland State-bound shooting guard Cassidy Gardner at the free throw line with 4.6 seconds to go.
Gardner missed the one-and-one attempt. Emily Nelson threw an outlet pass to Averi Adams in the backcourt, and the guard weaved through a couple of Prairie defenders before firing off a desperation 25-foot straightaway heave that hit high off the glass at the buzzer.
“We stopped the drought,” said Walling, a 6-foot- 3 senior headed to Fresno State next fall. “We did this for the community. We did this for ourselves. I am extremely proud of every single one of us.”
—Todd Milles, contributing writer
NO. 1 PRAIRIE
NO. 2 MOUNT SPOKANE
P – Shooting: 15 of 40 (37.5 percent). Free throws: 1 of 3 (33.3). Turnovers: 11.
MS – Shooting: 13 of 52 (25.0 percent). Free throws: 5 of 7 (71.4). Turnovers: 10.
P – Allison Corral 3, Kendyl Carson 4, Brooke Walling 17, Mallory Williams 7, Cassidy Gardner 4, Meri Dunford 2.
MS – Aspyn Adams 5, Niveya Henley 4, Jayda Noble 12, Averi Adams, Emily Nelson 7, Emma Main 7.
CLASS 4A BOYS PLACING GAMES
NO. 5 RICHLAND 74, NO. 11 PUYALLUP 66
For the third consecutive season, the fifth-seeded Richland High School boys basketball team will head home with some Tacoma Dome hardware.
The Bombers shot 52.7 percent from the floor in Saturday’s Class 4A state placing game against No. 11 Puyallup, and held off the Vikings late to claim fourth place with a 74-66 win. Puyallup leaves with the sixth-place trophy.
“It feel amazing ending on a win,” said Richland senior Colten Northrop, who scored a game-high 26 points. “Not many people get to do it. Only a few get to, especially at state, so it’s a blessing.”
Northrop is one of 11 seniors listed on the Bombers’ tournament roster. This is the best finish in the three-year stretch this group has advance to the Tacoma Dome, and the program’s best finish since a state runner-up campaign in 2014.
Richland (23-5) took fifth in 2017 and sixth last season — both times ending on losses.
Puyallup (22-9) notched its best finish in the Tacoma Dome since 1989, when the Vikings also took sixth. This was Puyallup’s first trip to the tournament site since 2011, and first win since 2004.
“It feels super good because, even though we had a rocky season, we still made it,” said Puyallup senior Jaeden Ingram, who led the Vikings with 22 points against Richland.
“We haven’t done this in 30 years, so it feels good to be in our place in history, and we left our mark.”
Ingram said, despite finishing third in the 4A SPSL this season, and sneaking out of the 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament with the final seed, the Vikings shared a common goal of returning to Tacoma.
“Everybody really cared and had the same goal,” Ingram said. “We all followed it every day throughout the season in practice, through hard times — whatever it took, that’s what we did.”
—Lauren Smith, staff writer
NO. 11 PUYALLUP
NO. 5 RICHLAND
P – Shooting: 23 of 55 (41.8 percent). Free throws: 15 of 19 (78.9). Turnovers: 12.
R – Shooting: 29 of 55 (52.7 percent). Free throws: 4 of 9 (44.4). Turnovers: 11.
P – Cobi Campbell 20, Kendall Munson 13, Jaeden Ingram 22, Dylan Rhoades 3, Luke Holcomb 6, Zane Foster 2.
R – Dhaunye Guice 7, Cody Sanderson 12, Garrett Streufert 19, Colten Northrop 26, Jack Schuster 8, Matthew Kump 2.
NO. 3 FEDERAL WAY 95, NO. 7 CURTIS 67
A day after both South Sound semifinalists in the Class 4A state tournament dropped crushing losses, it was third-seeded Federal Way that bounced back the best.
In a rematch of last month’s 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict title game — which the Eagles (26-3) also won — Federal Way emphasized why it’s considered the No. 17 team in the nation with a 95-67 win to secure third place over seventh-seeded Curtis. The Vikings (21-8) finished fifth.
“It was really important to end with a win,” said Federal Way senior Jaden McDaniels, who led the Eagles with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
The 6-foot-11 five-star recruit has narrowed his college choices to Kentucky, San Diego State, Texas, UCLA and Washington.
“You don’t want to end up on a loss your last high school game,” he added. “I feel like we ended on a good note.”
Standout junior Tari Eason had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles. Jishai Miller (19 points), Bradley Graham (15) and Jalen Womack (13) also reached double figures scoring.
Senior Jordan Parker paced a veteran Curtis group with 17 points, while Seattle Pacific-bound Zack Paulsen and Isaac Morrow each added 13, and Jared Franklin had 12.
“Obviously it didn’t end how we wanted it, and there was a time where it wasn’t looking too good, but it clicked, it came together and I think we made something special out of this team,” Paulsen said. “I’m proud of our team.”
—Lauren Smith, staff writer
NO. 7 CURTIS
NO. 3 FEDERAL WAY
C – Shooting: 24 of 63 (38.1 percent). Free throws: 15 of 21 (71.4). Turnovers: 11.
FW – Shooting: 34 of 60 (56.7 percent). Free throws: 18 of 24 (75). Turnovers: 12.
C – Zack Paulsen 13, Jared Franklin 12, Jordan Parker 17, Solomon McGinnis 5, Jason Smith 4, Grayson Loupas 3, Isaac Morrow 13.
FW – Jishai Miller 19, Jaden McDaniels 26, Jalen Womack 13, Bradley Graham 15, Tari Eason 12, Jaylen-Wes Williams 5, Michael Jatta 3, Quincy Jones 1, J. Colombelli-Silva 1.
CLASS 4A GIRLS PLACING GAMES
NO. 5 GLACIER PEAK 58, NO. 4 CENTRAL VALLEY 53
Down by 12 points entering the fourth quarter Saturday morning at the Tacoma Dome, things were looking bleak for Glacier Peak.
But, the Grizzlies had no shortage of heart.
Glacier Peak stormed back, outscoring Central Valley, 21-4, in the fourth quarter, completing the improbable comeback and coming away with a 58-53 win to claim the Class 4A fourth-place trophy.
Central Valley, a year after winning the 4A state title, will head back to Spokane with sixth place.
“Honestly, I don’t think we ever gave up,” said Glacier Peak sophomore Maya Erling, who scored a game-high 19 points. “We’ve had a rough couple games recently. Last week, we lost to them.
“I think we just really wanted it more. I think that’s what gave us the edge.”
Erling hit the go-ahead shot with less than a minute to go on a step-back jumper from the left elbow to give the Grizzlies a 54-53 lead.
“I didn’t even know it was in the last 30 seconds,” Erling said. “I knew I had the ball stripped from me a couple times, so I just thought I’d pull up for this one. ... It was just natural, I guess.”
Central Valley had three players score in double digits in Tomekia Whitman (18), Camryn Skaife (15) and Mady Simmerlink (10).
But, the Bears went cold in the fourth quarter, and Glacier Peak took advantage.
“We’re just a really tough team,” Erling said. “No matter the odds, we know we can pull through no matter what.”
—Jon Manley, staff writer
NO. 4 CENTRAL VALLEY
NO. 5 GLACIER PEAK
CV – Shooting: 22 of 63 (34.9 percent). Free throws: 6 of 6 (100). Turnovers: 8.
GP – Shooting: 22 of 44 (50 percent). Free of throws 7 of 10 (70 percent). Turnovers: 20.
CV – Tomekia Whitman 18, Camryn Skaife 15, Mady Simmerlink 10, Anika Chalich 4, Kate Sams 2, Lexi Cook 2, Alora Fitzgerald 2.
GP – Maya Erling 19, Aaliyah Collins 12, Shay Sande 10, Malia Smith 6, Haley Grambo 5, Madison Rubino 2, Sydney Guffey 2, Tiara Hollimons 2.
NO. 2 KENTRIDGE 70, NO. 6 BELLARMINE PREP 60
There was joking. There was yelling. And there were the quiet moments, too.
The Kentridge High School girls basketball program saw the last of one its all-time best players Saturday afternoon — senior forward JaQuaya Miller.
Even though the 6-foot-3 Washington-bound Miller fouled out early, the Chargers prevailed over Bellarmine Prep, 70-60, to take home third place in the Class 4A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
Junior Jordyn Jenkins picked up the slack, scoring a game-high 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting. Daylani Ballena added 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers and Keirnen Denckla chipped in with 10 points — eight coming in the fourth quarter.
Miller fouled out on an offensive charge with 19 seconds remaining in the third quarter. She finished her final game with six points.
But, she watched a little bit of the future of Kentridge basketball from the bench. It is still very bright.
“We are deep,” Chargers coach Brad McDowell said. “Even with this senior class graduating, we will still have some pieces that are still in place. … We have a nice starting five coming back.”
One of the top in-state recruits for the class of 2020, Jenkins will be the obvious centerpiece as a senior.
“All of my high school (career), and last year of AAU, I have always been with Quaya,” Jenkins said. “It is definitely going to be weird not having her on the court. Next year, I have to step up to a whole other level.”
She played at a high level in the fourth quarter Saturday, tallying 10 of her 32 points after the Lions had trimmed a large deficit to 43-40.
Kentridge scored on its first 10 possessions of the fourth quarter, capped by back-to-back inside buckets by Jenkins to pull away, 64-51, with 2:25 remaining.
Callie Stevens led the Lions with 19 points. Makiah Reed had 16. Julia Bordeaux added 12. All three top scorers are juniors and will be back at Bellarmine Prep next season for a squad that took home fifth place.
“We respected the game (this season), and played how it was supposed to be played,” Lions coach Kim West said. “We stayed classy. We stayed confident.”
Afterward, in the back hallway of the Tacoma Dome, Miller spoke of being ready to head off to the UW. She is projected to be a wing with the Huskies.
Miller was asked if Robin — Jenkins — could survive without Batman for a final season.
She paused: “Robin is still a super hero, right?”
—Todd Milles, contributing writer
NO. 6 BELLARMINE PREP
NO. 2 KENTRIDGE
BP – Shooting: 18 of 54 (33.3 percent). Free throws: 19 of 23 (82.6). Turnovers: 12.
K – Shooting: 23 of 41 (56.1 percent). Free throws: 21 of 26 (80.8). Turnovers: 16.
BP – Makiah Reed 16, Callie Stevens 19, Reyelle Frazier 2, Julia Bordeaux 12, Ciara Gatpatan 11.
K – Hana McVicker 6, Daylani Ballena 11, Jordyn Jenkins 32, JaQuaya Miller 6, Abby Hynek 5, Kiernen Denckla 10.
CLASS 3A BOYS PLACING GAMES
NO. 4 MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK 71, NO. 5 KELSO 60
Plenty of history was made Saturday morning in the Tacoma Dome, as Marysville-Pilchuck topped Kelso, 71-60, for the Class 3A state tournament fourth-place trophy.
The fourth-seeded Tomahawks (23-4) registered their best finish in program history, led by Washington-bound senior RaeQuan Battle’s 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
It was also Marysville-Pilchuck’s first state trophy in 30 years — the Tomahawks took fifth in 4A in 1989, and sixth a year earlier in 1988.
Aaron Kalab (16 points, 10 rebounds), Luke Dobler (14 points) and Cameron Stordahl (12 points) also scored in double figures for Marysville-Pilchuck in the win over Kelso.
“It means a lot to us and our fans,” Battle said. “A lot of our alumni was here, so I’m pretty sure they’re all proud of us. It took us a long road.
“My freshman year, we didn’t do too well. Sophomore year went 10-10. Last year, we were five points away from state and (this year) finally made it and made fourth place, so it means a lot to us.”
Kelso (22-6) didn’t quite make school history with its sixth-place finish — the Hilanders have claimed fifth-place trophies three times in 2018, 1950 and 1940 — but Seattle Pacific-bound forward Shaw Anderson made plenty of state history.
The 6-foot-5 senior scored a game-high 39 points, which was enough to catapult him past every other scorer in 3A tournament history. Anderson finished his four-game tournament with a record 122 points.
“If there’s a guy more deserving than him to break that record I‘d like to meet him,” Kelso coach Joe Kinch said. “Our team felt the same way, so we got him that last touch, and he did his thing. ... I’m super happy for him.”
Anderson’s 122 points broke the modern 3A tournament record set by Timberline’s Erik Stevenson (118 points) — now a freshman at Wichita State — last season, and the all-time tournament record set by Lakes’ Andre Winston Jr. (119 points) in 2010.
“The goal every day is for me to get as many good looks as I can, and my teammates play off of that,” Anderson said. “I was just attacking.”
Anderson’s 30.5 points per game average also topped current Denver Nuggets player Michael Porter Jr.’s modern format record (30) from his one season at Nathan Hale in 2017.
“It’s an honor to be up there,” Anderson said.
NO. 4 MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK
NO. 5 KELSO
MP – Shooting: 25 of 57 (43.9 percent). Free throws: 14 of 16 (87.5). Turnovers: 6.
K – Shooting: 17 of 51 (33.3 percent). Free throws: 19 of 21 (90.5). Turnovers: 9.
MP – Luke Dobler 14, RaeQuan Battle 25, Cameron Stordahl 12, Aaron Kalab 16, Ethan Jackson 4.
K – Josh Webb 9, Riley Noah 11, Jayden Hardeman 1, Shaw Anderson 39.
NO. 1 EASTSIDE CATHOLIC 69, NO. 3 RAINIER BEACH 53
Division I recruit Shane Nowell poured in a game-high 30 points as Eastside Catholic High School claimed its fourth Class 3A state tournament trophy in six seasons with a 69-53 win over 3A Metro League rival Rainier Beach for third place Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
The third-place finish for the top-seeded Crusaders (24-3) is their best since 2015, when they won the same trophy. Their runner-up finish in 2014 — when they lost to the Vikings in the final — remains the best finish in school history.
Nowell, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, pulled down seven assists and added three assists and steals apiece in the win.
“I just let the game come to me,” Nowell said. “That was working for me, but it was important for me to get my teammates involved, and for me to rebound.”
Sophomore J.T. Tuimoloau, the top-ranked football recruit nationally in the 2021 class, added 15 points for Eastside Catholic, while senior Griffin Barker completed a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Crusaders shot 25 of 44 (56.8 percent) from the floor to pull away early, and their lead was never seriously threatened.
No. 3 Rainier Beach (21-6) appeared sluggish in stretches after Friday night’s controversial semifinals loss to Mount Spokane, which denied the Vikings a repeat trip to the 3A title game.
Rainier Beach has appeared in 12 state championship games since 1998, including six of the past eight seasons. The Vikings have won eight of their nine title in the past 21 years.
Five-star junior MarJon Beauchamp led Rainier Beach with 27 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the loss to Eastside Catholic, and was the only Vikings scorer to reach double figures.
—Lauren Smith, staff writer
NO. 1 EASTSIDE CATHOLIC
NO. 3 RAINIER BEACH
EC – Shooting: 25 of 44 (56.8 percent). Free throws: 17 of 24 (70.8). Turnovers: 19.
RB – Shooting: 16 of 47 (34 percent). Free throws: 18 of 29 (62.1). Turnovers: 19.
EC – Shane Nowell 30, Grant Hunt 2, J.T. Tuimoloau 15, Griffin Barker 11, Christian Lakes 2, Paul Taylor 5, Silas Ticeson 2, Isaac Ticeson 2.
RB – Marjon Beauchamp 27, Stevie Smith 8, Micah Monroe 2, Naysean Baisey 2, Javion Garrett 9, L.J. Armstrong 1, Franco Gratten 1.
CLASS 3A GIRLS PLACING GAMES
NO. 11 SNOHOMISH 37, NO. 9 WEST SEATTLE 33
For Snohomish junior Kinslee Gallatin, Saturday morning’s 38-33 fourth-place win in the Class 3A state tournament against West Seattle is just icing on the cake.
More than anything, she’s just happy to be out on the court, after tearing her right ACL in her sophomore season.
“I was out for nine months, I had to work my muscle back in and slowly build it up to where I am now,” Gallatin said. “My team was always there for me, and just helped me get through that.”
Gallatin scored nine points for the Panthers, alongside teammate Courtney Perry, who scored a game-high 13 points.
In Friday’s loser-out game against Edmonds-Woodway, Snohomish held the Warriors to a paltry 21 points. And in Saturday’s game, the Panthers posted another stellar defensive effort to earn the fourth-place finish.
“We knew they had two really good offensive players, so we had to guard them and lay it all out on the floor,” Gallatin said. “For our last game, just get the win as a team.”
In Friday’s game against Edmonds-Woodway, Snohomish perfectly executed an extended 2-3 zone.
In Saturday’s game, Snohomish went back to a traditional man-to-man. It’s a point of pride for Snohomish’s players to be flexible in adapting to their opponent’s offensive style.
“We’re a defensive team,” Gallatin said. “We just play hard together, we know all the tendencies they do. We make sure we know what they do, so they can’t run their offense and we can just shut them down.”
West Seattle was led by guard Jasmine Gayles, who scored a team-high 11 points in the loss.
The Wildcats made things interesting in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to three with under a minute to go. But, Snohomish tightened up defensively and held on for the win.
“We knew we had to just keep pushing through to get the win,” Gallatin said. “We knew we just had to work as a team and work as hard as we could. We ended up getting the win.
“It’s so awesome. I’m so happy to be with my team, they’re my best friends. So it’s awesome to get that win for our last game.”
—Jon Manley, staff writer
NO. 11 SNOHOMISH
NO. 9 WEST SEATTLE
S – Shooting: 14 of 48 (29.2 percent). Free throws: 5 of 6 (83.3). Turnovers: 19.
WS – Shooting: 12 of 37 (32.4 percent). Free throws: 7 of 8 (87.5). Turnovers: 19.
S – Courtney Perry 13, Kinslee Gallatin 9, Maya DuChesne 7, Kayla Soderstrom 4, Ella Gallatin 3, Kaylin Beckman 2.
WS – Jasmine Gayles 11, Meghan Fiso 9, Grace Sarver 6, Julianna Horne 5, Jayla Wilson 2.
NO. 4 KAMIAKIN 64, NO. 3 GARFIELD 58
It may have been a bit tough for Kamiakin to get motivated for its Class 3A state placing game Saturday morning in the Tacoma Dome, but seniors Oumou Toure, a Butler signee, and Rylie Clark were bound and determined to end their high school basketball careers on a high note.
“For a couple of us, it’s the last time we’ll ever be playing (competitive) basketball,” Clark said. “So to end it with a win is huge.”
Toure and Clark each scored a game-high 20 points to pace the Braves to a third-place trophy. As a team, Kamiakin made 23 of its 53 shots from the field (43.4 percent) in a 64-58 win over Garfield.
The Braves’ offense was firing on all cylinders in the win.
“We just had good energy,” Clark said. “We all really wanted it. Our threes weren’t falling a ton, but we moved it great inside and rebounded.”
Garfield gave Kamiakin a scare in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to two points with less than 30 seconds left.
But, up 60-58, Clark hit a turn-around shot in the key with 20 seconds remaining to seal the win.
“I just think we needed to push through it,” Toure said. “I think we got a little bit frantic at the end. We held our heads together and got through it.”
And the Braves kept Garfield center Dalayah Daniels in check, holding the Bulldogs’ star to just 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting.
“Last year, she hurt us pretty badly when we played them,” Clark said. “We’re all pretty short, so we obviously just needed to rebound and keep her off the boards. We just had to work really hard for it.”
Toure, who leaves Kamiakin as the school’s all-time leading scorer, said the records she leaves the school with are the result of a good team around her.
“I feel like the accomplishments are nothing if we don’t do it as a team, if we don’t make it to state, if we don’t have a good group of girls to rally around and push me to play my best and do what’s needed for us to get a win,” Toure said.
—Jon Manley, staff writer
NO. 4 KAMIAKIN
NO. 3 GARFIELD
K – Shooting: 23 of 53 (43.4 percent). Free throws: 18-of 23 (78.3). Turnovers: 18.
G – Shooting: 21 of 67 (31.3 percent). Free throws 11 of 20 (55). Turnovers: 9.
K – Oumou Toure 20, Rylie Clark 20, Alexa Hazel 14, Symone Brown 6, Regan Clark 4.
G – Sahcari Davis 13, Dalayah Daniels 12, Jayla Howard 12, Samaiyah Tolliver 11, Faith Brantley 10.