The Sumner High School girls basketball team made it a game even without standout post Jamie Lange, but it couldn’t come back all the way from a 16-point third quarter deficit in a 59-50 loss to No. 7 Wilson in the 3A West Central/Southwest Bi-District championship on Saturday at Puyallup High School.
Violet Morrow connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1 minute, 56 seconds to play to push the Rams’ lead to 54-50 and Wilson (20-4) held on from there to win its second district title in three years.
"We are some fighters," said Morrow, who scored a team-high 19 points. "We came back and we redeemed ourselves."
Lange, after scoring 67 points and grabbing 34 rebounds over her previous two games, didn’t score. She went to the floor hard on a shot attempt with about a minute left in the first quarter and had to be helped off the floor.
She returned to the bench and immediately entered the game with less than three minutes left in the second quarter after getting her right leg heavily taped. But she limped right back off the floor and never returned.
Wilson pushed its lead to 43-27 in the third quarter before Sumner stormed back on a barrage of 3-pointers from Kennedy Cutter, who scored a game-high 21 points. She made five 3-pointers for the game, with three coming in the fourth quarter, as Wilson’s lead was trimmed to 51-50 midway through the fourth quarter.
But then came Morrow’s clutch shot.
"We knew there was still time, it was our game," Morrow said. "We came out knowing this was our game."
Kiara Knox had 16 points for Wilson and Josie Matz added 13.