With 45 seconds left to play in a Steilacoom (2-6, 2-2 2A SPSL), River Ridge (4-4, 2-2) 2A high school basketball girls match-up it came down to a Maddie Retzlaff free throw.
She nailed it. The Hawks won 45-44 on Steilacoom’s home court.
Makenna Schultz led the way for the Hawks with 19 points — nine points in the fourth quarter alone. The Hawks were down 28-17 at halftime.
Schultz, a 5-foot-3 guard, was placed into the high post and powered it inside for some high percentage shots and the Hawks rode on her back for the close victory in league play.
Timberline 57, South Kitsap 40: Keshara Romain — a 5-foot-9 sophomore forward — was everywhere for the Blazers (3-3, 2-2 4A SPSL), she racked up a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Blazers outscored the Wolves (4-1, 2-1) 12-2 in the fourth quarter.
Graham-Kapowsin 51, Spanaway Lake 45: Despite getting torched in the fourth quarter, 16-2, the Eagles hung on and defeated the Sentinels by six points.
Shelby Quilin led the Eagles with 13 points, Amber Tolson chipped in 12.
Capital 53, Mount Tahoma 41: The Cougars outlasted the T-Birds with a dominant performance in the second half.
Capital (5-1, 2-1 3A Narrows) outscored Mount Tahoma (2-5, 1-3) 34-17 in the second half to build a comfortable lead.
Palen Fenton led the Cougars with 20 points.
“Fenton had 13 points in the fourth quarter — three threes and two twos — really hot hand. Basically we played like we knew we could,” said Capital head coach Colleen Wells.
Puyallup 59, Bethel 30: Junior Sophie DeWitt torched the Braves (5-3, 3-1 4A SPSL South) as she scored 19 points to lead the Vikings (5-3, 2-1) to a 19-point victory.
Senior guard Tina Holland chipped in with 14 points of her own for Puyallup as Bethel suffered its first league loss of the season.
Olympia 71, Stadium 34: Jenna Randich scored a game-high 32 points for the Bears (4-2, 3-0 4A Narrows), leading them to a 37-point victory over the Tigers (1-5, 0-2).
Olympia was given a boost by a 20-5 run in the third quarter.
Gig Harbor 50, Yelm 33: The Tides (3-3, 2-2 4A Narrows) outscored the Tornados (1-6, 0-4), 38-13, in the second half.
Brynna Maxwell scored a team-high 14 points for the Tides.
“We had a huge second half,” Gig Harbor coach Megan Murray said. “We came out in the third quarter and started attacking the basket. We got to the line a lot more during the fourth (quarter). We got some fast-break layins. We never gave up.”
Auburn Mountainview 47, Sumner 29: The Lions (5-2, 3-1 3A SPSL) led the Spartans (3-5, 2-2 2A SPSL) 40-19 heading into the fourth quarter.
Brianna Zaragoza-Jones scored a team-high 12 points for the Lions.
Franklin Pierce 46, Fife 25: Junior guard Alexius Foster led the Cardinals (5-2, 3-1 2A SPSL) with 24 points in a win over the Trojans.
Franklin Pierce outscored Fife (3-5, 2-2), 26-9, in the first half.
Lincoln 76, Foss 14: The Abes shut the Falcons down in the fourth quarter, not allowing Foss any points in the fourth quarter, 11-0.
The Falcons were routed in the second half by Lincoln, 31-5.
Life Christian 54, Ocosta 38: The Eagles outshot the Wildcats, 14-6, in the first quarter and cruised to a 16-point victory.
Courtney Youngblood led the Eagles with 15 points, Carli Ricker added 10.
Tacoma Baptist 50, Willapa Valley 25: The Crusaders cruised to a 25-point victory over the Vikings in part of a dominant second-half performance.
Tacoma Baptist outscored Willapa Valley on its own court, 30-14, in the second half and built on their nine-point lead at halftime.
Bellevue Christian 32, Charles Wright Academy 24: Shoni Pritchett scored 11 of the Tarriers’ 24 overall points but the team was outscored 9-1 in the first quarter and 11-6 in the third quarter.
Four quarters were not enough for Kent-Meridian and Kentlake as the game went to overtime for the two teams to decide a victor.
At the end of the night, it would be the Royals winning, 69-67, over the Falcons.
“It was a high pressure filled situation,” said Kentlake assistant coach Marcus Wilson. “Both guys handled it though by making big shots, especially Romaine Jackson’s baseline shot.”
Jackson’s shot would be the game-winner as the Falcons’ last inbound play was a missed shot from Evan Baker.
“He got bumped pretty good, but it was a great game. It was a back-and-forth game as both teams answered each other,” Wilson said.
Baker finished with a game high 40 points for the Falcons. Jackson led the Royals with 30 points.
Yelm 53, Gig Harbor 51: Christian Davis led the charge for the Tornados with a 37-point outing.
Michael Toglia posted a double-double for the Tides in the loss, scoring 20 points and snagging 13 rebounds.
South Kitsap 67, Cascade Christian 63: Eric Wattree led the Wolves in scoring as he bucketed 22 points on the night, while teammate Isiah Lewis turned in 18 points of his own in the win.
Auburn 65, Lakes 60 (OT): The Trojans had three players score in double digits to help ensure the overtime win over the Lancers.
Malik Williams finished with 27 points, while Pa’Treon Lee and Tyler Pray both finished with 12 to ensure the victory.
Fife 49, Franklin Pierce 43: Travis Johnson of the Trojans led all scorers with 16 points on the night in the win, just edging out the Cardinals’ Marquis Malik’s 15 points on the night.
Wilson 62, North Thurston 55: Emmitt Matthews Jr.’s point scoring reached 19 on the night as Wilson defeated North Thurston.
Mount Tahoma 73, Capital 66: The Cardinals’ Demitrius Smith cut through the Cougars’ defense to score 21 points in the win.
Hoquiam 65, Eatonville 57: Combining for 45 points, Jack Adams and Jerod Steen led the way in the Grizzlies’ victory.
Mount Rainier Lutheran 50, Mary M. Knight 35: Aaron Bailey bucketed 21 points and brother Adam chipped in 10 points in Mount Rainier Lutheran’s win.
Puyallup 60, Bethel 44: As half of the team’s offense, Tony Gutierrez had a busy night for the Vikings. Gutierrez scored 30 points, including six 3-points in Puyallup’s win over the Braves.
Life Christian 62, Ocosta 44: Luke Lovelady scored 32 points in the Eagles’ victory over Ocosta.
Emerald Ridge 57, Rogers 31: Jason Cassens, Chase McGuire and Andrew Boston combined for 32 points in the win for the Jaguars.
Central Kitsap 78, Shelton 52: The Highclimbers couldn’t get over the hump against the Cougars despite Tyler Giraldes’ 11 points.
Spanaway Lake 75, Graham-Kapowsin 48: Coming up with nearly a third of the team’s points, Isiah Turner bucketed 24 points for the Sentinels in the win.
River Ridge 72, Steilacoom 44: LaBrandon Price and Mac Armstrong had 14 points apiece in the Hawks’ win over the Sentinels.
Peninsula 67, Enumclaw 38: JaQuori McLaughlin turned in another huge night for the Seahawks as his 25 points helped put away the Hornets.
Clover Park 97, Orting 36: Semaj Booker’s 23 points were more than enough for the Warriors to defeat the Cardinals.