Even the favored teams can catch a case of the jittersat the state tournament.
Top-ranked Prairie overcame a slow start and some hot shooting in the first half by Lakeside to win its 3A girls’ state quarterfinal contest 64-50 on Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
The state runner-up Falcons trailed by as much as 22-16 early in the second quarter, but slowly chipped away and finally pulled ahead late in the third quarter. Prairie kept the pressure on by shooting 52 percent in the second half and out-rebounding the Lions by a 2 to 1 margin.
“The girls were just really excited, really jacked up for this game,” Prairie coach Al Aldridge said. “They just weren’t as mentally focused as they needed to be in the first half and it showed.”
Lakeside’s Christina Cheledinas had her team thinking of an upset with 13 points in the first half, but the Falcons clamped down on defense and held her scoreless in the second half.
The Falcons’ Jackie Lanz scored 15 points to lead all scorers. She was one of four Prairie players to finish in the double figures. Prairie standout and University of Washington commit Heather Corral added 12. Lakeside’s Kaylee Best had 14.