High School Sports

Beamer bounces back from emotional loss to claim third in state

Following Friday’s heartbreaking loss to Gonzaga Prep, the Todd Beamer girls basektball team picked itself up enough to hold off Moses Lake, 45-42, for the Class 4A third place trophy in the program’s first appearance at the state tournament.

“It was pretty hard,” junior Quinessa Caylao-Do said. “We didn’t get the ring, but we knew it wasn’t over. We had to work hard for third place, and we wanted to make history for our school.”

In a sloppy contest by both teams – no doubt created by fatigue from emotional, close contests Friday – the Titans were able to create 25 Moses Lake turnovers. Beamer converted 22-of-33 free throw attempts. Junior Nia Alexander sunk two free throws with 10.9 seconds left that ended up being the difference, after the Chiefs pulled within two on a Jessie Loera 3-pointer at the 12.1-second mark.

Caylao-Do finished tied for a team-high 17 points, but shot 1-for-19 from the field after a stellar 20-point performance against Gonzaga Prep.

“I just felt a little off, my shot wasn’t really falling,” she said. “So I just tried to get my teammates involved and have them score.”

Alexander picked up the slack with 17 points, while junior Bria Rice scored six points and five rebounds.

“We play by committee,” coach Corey Alexander said. “One day it might be Quinessa, one day it might be Nia, so we feed off each other. That’s the good thing about our team, is anyone can go out for 20.”

With eight underclassmen on the roster, including six juniors, Beamer is already a favorite to play in next season’s title game.

“I think throughout the upcoming season, we’ll take our struggles, and what we have from Gonzaga Prep and this game and build on that,” Caylao-Do said.