It was Bellevue’s time – 58-51 – over the Prairie girls in the Class 3A regionals at Mount Tahoma High School on Friday night.
Shockingly, the defending Class 3A state champion and top-ranked Falcons will not be returning to the Tacoma Dome after a 15-year state run.
After trailing 47-37 with 5:43 to go, the No. 3 Wolverines blew the doors down, going on a 17-0 run over the next 41/2 minutes to seize control of a back-and-forth game.
After Megan Lindsley’s 3-pointer gave Prairie that 10-point lead, the 3A Greater St. Helens League champions missed their next eight field goals, and committed four turnovers.
Battling foul trouble, Bellevue’s Mandy Steward returned to tally half of her game-high 20 points during the scoring spurt.
“When she decides to take over, she can do that,” Bellevue coach Leah Krautter said.
The matchup of these two top-three teams was set up when the Wolverines lost to Seattle Prep in the Sea-King District tournament semifinals, and Prairie was taken down in the West Central District title game by Wilson.
“You could see it in their faces – they were upset with the draw,” Krautter said. “But that (Prairie-Wilson) game was the difference, because the girls thought Prairie was beatable.”