After battling through multiple defenders to lay the basketball in off the glass, Bellevue junior Shelby Cansler slammed into the floor.
She was the last of many girls to hit the hardwood Thursday afternoon in the Wolverines’ scrappy, 51-39, 3A quarterfinal victory over Prairie.
“We know at the higher level, it’s going to be more physical,” Cansler said “But we know we have to play fair and play our game.”
Cansler completed the three-point play before heading to the bench with 48 seconds to go – and the Wolverines holding with a 10-point lead. She led the third-ranked Wolverines with 21 points – including 16 in the second half and brought down nine rebounds.
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Senior Mandy Steward added 14 points, and junior Tatiana Streun had 14 rebounds.
It wasn’t Bellevue’s cleanest game – the Wolverines were 17-of-50 from the field with 17 turnovers – but it was enough to get by Prairie. The Falcons shot a dreadful 24.6 percent from the floor, and were led by junior Cherita Daugherty and senior Lindsay Apslund, who had 15 points apiece.
Bellevue moves on to the semifinals to face Lynnwood at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Prairie matches up against West Seattle at 10:30 a.m. in the consolation bracket.