Todd Beamer High girls basketball coach Cory Alexander just couldn’t get comfortable.
Even with his team dominating the low post and holding lead that ballooned to as many as nine points in the first half, he still had plenty of reasons to fear the Mount Rainier Rams.
Those fears were realized, as superstar siblings Jordan and Brittany McPhee combined to score all of Mount Rainier’s 17 fourth-quarter points, erasing an early fourth-quarter deficit as the Rams closed out a 57-56 comeback victory over Todd Beamer in the SPSL championship game on Thursday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
The Rams (20-1) will head to the West Central District tournament as the league’s No. 1 seed, while Beamer will go as No. 2.
“I hate losing more than I like to win,” said Brittany, who just missed notching a triple-double, finishing with 27 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks. Jordan finished with 15 points.
After Quinessa Caylao-Do drilled a corner 3-pointer to push the Titans’ lead to 46-40 with 7 minutes left in the game, the McPhees leapt into action. The two teams went back and forth throughout the quarter, with Beamer senior Megan Huff doing her best to counter the McPhee surge. Huff scored back-to-back buckets to tie the score at 54 with 1:13 left. After Brittany McPhee split a pair of free throws to give the Rams a 55-54 lead with one minute left, the Titans (17-4) turned the ball over on the ensuing possession. Then it was Jordan McPhee’s turn, as she swished a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left to give the Rams a 57-54 lead that held up after Brie Rice scored on a putback at the buzzer.
The McPhee sisters’ performance overshadowed a stellar effort by Huff, who finished with 28 points on 13-of-25 shooting from the field. She also grabbed 13 rebounds.