Shorecrest’s Brianne Lasconia scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to help the Highlanders to a 59-48 win over Kamiakin on Friday in consolation round of the 3A state girls’ basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
The win sends Shorecrest into the fourth place game on Saturday where it will meet Seattle Prep. Friday’s win over Kamiakin also marks the first time in school history the Highlanders have claimed a state trophy. Shorecrest can do no worse than sixth place.
Lasconia did much of her scoring at the free throw line, going 9 for 13 from the charity stripe. Forward Janie Uppinghouse added 15 points with all of those coming from beyond the 3-point line. The Highlanders limited Khadidja Toure, the Braves leading scorer and bound for Oregon State, to nine points on 4 of 18 shooting.
Shorecrest’s hot shooting in the first half played a big role in the win. The Highlanders held a 33-24 lead at halftime thanks largely to shooting 55 percent from the field in the first half and 63 percent from the 3-point line.
The loss ends Kamiakin’s season after a storybook run to Tacoma. The Braves entered the state quarterfinal round undefeated and a favorite to win the title, but a loss to Franklin on Thursday dropped them to the consolation round and Shorecrest did the rest.