By Kevin Manning
University stopped No. 7 Glacier Peak’s second-half comeback to pick up a 49-44 Class 3A girls’ basketball consolation-round win in the Tacoma Dome on Friday.
The Titans had the lead in hand late in the fourth quarter when the Grizzlies sliced it to 44-41 with 49.1 seconds left to play.
The Grizzlies rally forced University coach Mark Stinson to call a timeout to refocus his team.
“Coach (Mark) Kuipers is our defensive guru and we were trying to switch up the defense as much as possible,” he said. “(Glacier Peak’s) well coached and they’re a bright team. They had a couple of shooters that were hurting us.”
Those adjustments paid-off in spades – the Titans were able to confuse the Grizzlies long enough to force a shot-clock violation with 17 seconds remaining in the game.
Senior Kayleigh Valley (11 points, 5-of-10 field goals), who played the whole game, was crucial in disrupting the bigger Grizzlies post players. She pulled down six rebounds and had a game-high six steals.
The Titans will play Kamiakin on Saturday for the fourth/sixth place in the Tacoma Dome.