By Tyler Hemstreet
Yes, that’s now 24 wins in a row for the Cleveland Eagles.
The early favorites to win it all, the No. 2 Eagles extended their winning streak and advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals with a 60-50 win over University on Thursday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.
Makala Roper scored a game-high 22 points, and Donniesha Webber and Myzhanique Ladd added 12 points apiece for Cleveland (25-2), which trailed 20-12 early in the second quarter.
“We don’t even talk about that number (of wins in a row),” Cleveland coach Stephenie Wheeler-Smith said of the streak. “They’re pretty focused (on taking it one game at a time).”
Tied at 29 at halftime, Cleveland took control in the third quarter, outscoring University, 21-12, to take a 44-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
“Our defense really disrupted their flow,” Wheeler-Smith said.
The Eagles forced University (14-10) into 27 turnovers in the game, and led by as many as 17 points.
“If they don’t win (the state title),” University coach Mark Stinson said, “I’m going to be surprised.”
Kayleigh Valley had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Titans.