2B Girls: Semifinals feature miracle finishUpdated:
Reardan 54 Morton-White Pass 15 (Girls 2B)
After another easy win, Reardan is just one game away from becoming the first girls 2B team to three-peat as state champions.
The Cardinals pulled most of their starters early in the fourth quarter with a 40-point lead. Kelsey Moos led the way with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Chantel Heath added 12 points.
Lina Hieronymi scored six points for a completely overwhelmed Timberwolves squad that shot 17.9 percent (7-of-39) from the field.
Northwest Christian 47 Pe Ell 46
Down by one, time expiring and a berth in the state championship on the line, Northwest Christian had one chance to win the game. But as its opportunity faded, another came, inexplicably, in the form of an offensive rebound.
A second chance was all the Crusaders needed, as Chanel Knight hit a layup as the final buzzer sounded to set off a massive celebration of Northwest Christian players at half court.
(Watch video of NW Christian's buzzer beater at the State B tournament: http://bit.ly/15oLe7M )
The win came after a fervent 7-1 rally that brought the Crusaders within one, 46-45. With 17 seconds left and Pe Ell not yet in the bonus, Northwest Christian decided to give a foul. That plan backfired, though, as Maria Guske was whistled for an intentional foul.
Sami Robinson, who was 3-of-4 from the charity stripe at that point, missed both foul shots, though. Things slid further downhill for Pe Ell when the ensuing inbounds pass was stolen. But the Trojans caught a break when Guske's breakaway layup wouldn't fall, eventually falling out of bounds to Northwest Christian. That set up the final sequence, though, as Chanel Knight missed her first look before putting in the game-winner.
The cold-shooting Crusaders struggled much of the game against a Pe Ell zone and they finished 1-of-15 from beyond the arc. Many ill-advised cross-court passes led to 18 Crusader turnovers.
Pe Ell was led by Alissa Brooks Johnson, who had 20 points and nine rebounds. Kayla Capps had 10 points, including a 3-pointer at the end of the first half that tied the game, 24-24, heading into intermission.
Northwest Christian faces fellow Northeast 2B member Reardan in the championship game Saturday at 7:00 p.m.