On a night when the Todd Beamer High Titans desperately needed a clutch 3-pointer to help swing momentum or quickly cut a large deficit in a short time, they were without their best long-range weapon on the floor.
With sharp-shooting freshman Quinessa Caylao-Do sidelined with her arm in a sling, the Titans came up short against a balanced Arlington team on Friday night in a Class 4A state regional game at Puyallup High School, suffering a season-ending 50-42 loss.
“She’s a big part of our offense and a big part of our defense,” Beamer coach Cory Alexander said of Caylao-Do. “She’s our spark plug.”
Caylao-Do fell on her elbow in the West Central District championship game loss to Mount Rainier on Monday. While the injury didn’t look bad at the time, Alexander said, her elbow started to swell up the next day.
“It probably hurt her more than everybody else that she couldn’t play (tonight),” he said.
After falling behind early in the fourth quarter to Arlington (20-4), the No. 2 seed from the Westco Conference, the Titans put on a late rally to make things interesting. Trailing 42-30 with 5 minutes, 40 seconds left, Beamer trimmed it to 44-41 with 1:13 left after Nia Alexander converted on 3-point play. But the Eagles didn’t panic and hit their free throws in crunch time, going 4-of-4 from the line in the final minute.
Beamer (20-6) hit a season-low one 3-pointer on the night, a shot by Bria Rice with 1:20 to play. The lack of a threat from the outside also wore on junior post Megan Huff, who was bombarded by two defenders down low nearly all night.