It wasn’t a dominating performance by Cleveland High , but at this point in the season it’s all about surviving and advancing.
The Eagles’ Donniesha Webber made a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute and finished with seven points to help lead a balanced attack as Cleveland outlasted Shorecrest 39-32 in the 3A girls’ state basketball tournament on Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
“If it’s ugly or it’s not ugly we’ll take a win,” Cleveland coach Stephenie Wheeler-Smith said.
Cleveland trailed 17-13 at halftime, but scored 17 points in the third quarter to take a 30-24 lead into the final eight minutes. The Highlanders pulled within 32-30 with less than four minutes to play, but struggled with the Eagles’ press and couldn’t covert many of its free throw opportunities down the stretch.
The win sets up a Metro League showdown in the semifinal between No. 10 Cleveland and No. 3 Franklin. The Quakers took two of their three meetings with the Eagles earlier in the season.
Makayla Roper scored eight points to pace the Eagles. Eunyque Patu and Joyce Harrell each added six. Shorecrest’s Onyie Chibuogwu led all scorers with 13 points.