Saturday's 4A girls state basketball tournament roundup
Skyview 46, Central Valley 43
TACOMA – Aubrey Ward-El missed every shot she took in the Class 4A state championship game on Saturday night – except the one that ultimately counted.
Ward-El found herself open for her 11th shot of the game as the clock raced toward 0:00, and she didn’t hesitate. The sophomore hoisted up a 3-pointer that swished as the buzzer sounded, giving Skyview a 46-43 championship victory over Central Valley.
Skyview didn’t shoot the ball as well as it had the first two days of the tournament. The Storm made only 20 of 57 shots and trailed most of the game, including by as much as 10 points early on.
But then tournament MVP Brooke Bowen got hot. Bowen made three big shots in the fourth quarter, and Jocelyn Adams scored 17 big points. Suddenly, the game was tied at 43 inside the final minute.
The Bears had a chance to take the lead, but missed a shot with just over 30 seconds to go. Skyview rebounded and called timeout.
The ball came in, Ward-El ended up with it. And the Storm took home the title.
3rd & 5th Place
Mount Rainier 56, Gonzaga Prep 51
TACOMA – Mount Rainier led by as many as 12 points, but after Madison Wright made two free throws for Gonzaga Prep with 46 seconds left, the lead was just two. Five seconds later, Brittany McPhee was called for a charge, her fifth foul.
But the Rams survived the final seconds and grabbed third place in the 4A girls tournament with a 56-51 victory.
The fifth-place trophy was the first for the Bullpups since a sixth-place finish back in 1983. McPhee scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the second half before fouling out.
4th & 6th Place
Jackson 49, Woodinville 48
Trailing big early, Jackson came all the way back to capture the fourth-place trophy with a 49-48 victory over Woodinville.
Kelli Kingma gave the Timberwolves a chance when she stepped back behind the NBA 3-point line with 18 seconds left and, with Falcons forward Ali Forde flying at her, buried the shot to get Jackson within one, 48-47. With seven seconds to go, Woodinville missed the front end of a 1-and-1 attempt.
Forde grabbed the rebound, but was immediately tied up by Sierra Anderson for a jump ball. The possession arrow favored Jackson, which called timeout with 5.1 seconds to go.
The inbounds pass came to Anderson, who raced down the right side, sliced into the lane and curled up a shot off the glass and in just as the final buzzer went off.
It was just the third basket of the game for Anderson, who had led the Timberwolves in scoring during the regular season. She finished with six points and five assists.
Kingma scored a game-high 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, had four assists and four steals. Forde continued her dominance inside with 16 points, 13 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists. The Woodinville senior blocked 21 total shots in three games here.
The Falcons now have seventh, fifth and sixth place state finishes in four total trips to the tournament.
Jackson, back at the dome for the first time since 2009, ended a five-game state tournament losing streak this season in capturing fourth. The Timberwolves only other trophy came in 2007, when Kingma's older sister Kristi was a senior, and they placed eighth.