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Cleveland girls 52, Bellevue 43 in 3A semifinal

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on March 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm with No Comments »
March 1, 2013 10:34 pm

By Todd Milles

Second-ranked trailed heading into the final quarter, but pulled out of it going on a 6-0 run in the first 65 seconds to take the lead for good – and a 52-43 victory over third-ranked Bellevue in the Class 3A girls’ basketball semifinals at the Tacoma Dome on Friday night.

Alexia Mefi’s fastbreak lay-up capped a 6-0 run that gave Cleveland a 40-37 lead with 6:55 to go.

And Makala Roper’s 3-pointer was the dagger, extending the Eagles’ lead to 48-41 at the 3:03 mark. Roper finished with a team-high 14 points.

“We had to figure it out,” Cleveland coach Stephanie Wheeler-Smith said. “We had to remind them there’s a lot of basketball to be played.”

The Eagles won the 3A title in 2010 over Holy Names Academy – and now face another Metro League rival for the crown. It will be the fourth Cleveland-Seattle Prep meeting, with the Eagles winning the previous three close games.

“Hey, bring it on,” Wheeler-Smith said. “Not surprised they (Panthers) are here.”

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