Ain’t basketball a hoot?
A day after barely escaping a scoreless first quarter — the Bellarmine Prep girls basketball team scored a free throw with 19.5 seconds remaining — in a 4A quarterfinal loss to Inglemoor, they nearly returned the favor in a loser-out consolation 51-35 victory Friday over Skyview, the 2012 state champions in the Tacoma Dome.
It only took 50 seconds for Bellarmine Prep to score Friday, getting a turnaround jumper from Claire Martin.
But it was the 4A Narrows champions’ first-quarter defense that was the true tone-setter. Skyview was overwhelmed by Martin’s inside (two blocked shots) and the quickness of the Lions’ guards, who were a big reason why the Storm committed 10 turnovers on its first 16 possessions.
“We had to come out today strong, and prove to everyone how good we are,” Martin said.
Skyview finally got on the scoreboard on Hannahjoy Adams’ 3-pointer with 56 seconds remaining in the first quarter to stop Bellarmine Prep’s run of 11 consecutive points to start the game.
Martin’s putback basket of her own missed shot extended the Lions’ lead to 21-7 at the 6:20 mark of the second quarter.
“We got back to who we were,” Bellarmine Prep coach Kevin Meines said. “I was telling the kids, ‘We’ve got to get our identity back after yesterday,’ and this was a gutty effort. We called this a character game – we got our character back.”
Skyview eventually cut it to 24-16 early in the third quarter, but seven consecutive points from McKenzie Alton in a 44-second span pushed the Lions’ lead back to 33-17 at the 3:39 mark.
Martin finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, six blocked shots and three steals. Alton added 13 points, and
The Lions (23-3) will play for their sixth state trophy in school history, going for fourth place.