It wasn’t a dominating performance by Cleveland High , but at this point in the season it’s all about surviving and advancing.
The Eagles’ Donniesha Webber made a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute and finished with seven points to help lead a balanced attack as Cleveland outlasted Shorecrest 39-32 in the 3A girls’ state basketball tournament on Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
“If it’s ugly or it’s not ugly we’ll take a win,” Cleveland coach Stephenie Wheeler-Smith said.
Cleveland trailed 17-13 at halftime, but scored 17 points in the third quarter to take a 30-24 lead into the final eight minutes. The Highlanders pulled within 32-30 with less than four minutes to play, but struggled with the Eagles’ press and couldn’t covert many of its free throw opportunities down the stretch.
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