Saturday's 3A girls state basketball tournament roundup
Championship – Prairie 54, Franklin 44
TACOMA – Heather Corral found herself watching the end of her senior season from the bench. But the Prairie senior wasn’t hurt as she was the past three years at the state tournament.
This time, she got a curtain call with just over a minute to play as she and the Falcons won the state title, 54-44, over Franklin.
Corral, who will play at the University of Washington next season, was named the tournament MVP.
3rd & 5th Place
Cleveland 50, University 40
TACOMA – University made its run early, but Cleveland had the answers when needed to win the 3A third-place game, 50-40, on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles bolted to a 14-5 lead, only to have University race back to tie the game at 20 midway through the second quarter. But Cleveland then ran off a 9-0 spurt of its own, getting the lead back to 29-20, and never was truly challenged during the second half.
Myhanique Ladd did a little of everything for the Eagles, scoring 14 points, grabbing seven rebounds and harassing University ball handlers all game long. She was one of four Eagles in double figures.
Cassie Shillam had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Titans, who finished fifth.
4th & 6th Place
Shorecrest 40, Seattle Prep 37
TACOMA – Brianne Lasconia took control of, well, everything for Shorecrest down the stretch. The senior scored 10 of the Highlanders final 11 points and led Shorecrest to a 40-37 victory over Seattle Prep in the 3A fourth place game at the Tacoma Dome.
The trophy is the first in the history of the program for the Highlanders. Shorecrest made the state tournament two years ago, but did not place. Seattle Prep finishes sixth.
Lasconia made 12 of 15 free throws and finished with a game-high 22 points. The Shorecrest point guard took over on the offensive end, single-handedly driving the basket for buckets or fouls in the fourth quarter.
On the glass, Lasconia also grabbed seven rebounds. MaryAnn Santucci paced Seattle Prep with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Santucci’s second 3 kept it close inside the final two minutes.