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Tag: Cleveland


Class 3A girls: No. 10 Cleveland 39, No. 8 Shorecrest 32

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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Girls Basketball: Class 3A state tournament capsules, predictions

G Khadidja Toure, Kamiakin, Sr., 5-9

Set school record for points in a game with 48 this season

G Heather Corral, Prairie, Sr., 6-1
UW recruit will play at state for first time since a freshman

C Michaela Carew, Seattle Prep, Jr., 6-2
Averages a double-double (12 ppg, 10 rpg)

G Bri Lasconia, Shorecrest, Sr., 5-9
Dynamite scorer averages 17.4 ppg

G Patrice Toston, Franklin, Sr., 5-8
Quakers’ leading scorer helped team to 18-game win streak


1. Prairie (24-1)
Making its 15th straight trip state tournament– the Falcons have three titles and seven finals appearances in that span – coach Al Aldridge’s team is loaded for a run at another championship. Prairie reached the title game last year without Washington-bound guard Heather Corral, but the senior is healthy and gives the balanced Falcons’ title hopes a boost. Guards Megan Lindsley, Cori Woodward and Jackie Lanz all average double-figures in scoring.
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Girls 3A regional: Cleveland ends Wilson’s season, 46-41

As Wilson High’s girls basketball team exited a locker room for the final time this season after losing to Cleveland, 46-41 in a Class 3A regional Saturday at Rogers High, coach Michelle Birge had already tasked some Rams with an offseason challenge.

“We’re missing that consistent constructive criticism voice – it rings loud from me – but you need it to come from a player,” she said. “I’ve asked a few players to step up and do that and I have faith that they will.

“If they want to play Division-I basketball than you have to find that voice. There’s no quiet point guard, not quiet forwards.”

Fourth-ranked Wilson (20-4) played out of sorts through much of the loser-out game. The Rams turned over the ball on three of their first four possessions and endured a scoreless seven-minute stretch in the first half as No. 10 Cleveland built a 25-14 halftime lead.

Wilson finally came alive in the fourth quarter.
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