By Kevin Manning
A late 3-pointer and clutch free throws helped Arlington hold on to upset Gonzaga Prep, 43-40, in a Class 4A girls’ basketball quarterfinal game at the Tacoma Dome.
The Eagles were cold, trying to deal with a Bullpup rally and offense firing on all cylinders – but then Idaho State-bound Lindsay Brown ended the 17-5 run with one single shot.
Brown (13 points, 4-for-12 field goals) took a late step-back 3-pointer that fired up the Eagles’ bench and gave them a 41-37 lead with 1:45 remaining.
“We’re a senior-laden team. We didn’t panic when they made their run…we made plays when we needed to do it,” Arlington coach Joe Marsh said. “That (3-pointer) was just a huge play for us.”
Late in the third quarter, Laura Stockton (12 points, 4-for-19 field goals) – Gonzaga Prep point guard and daughter of NBA Hall-of-Famer John Stockton – fought for a jump ball and rolled her ankle.
Stockton returned in the fourth quarter, but missed the game-tying 3-pointer that fell short of the rim as time expired.