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Tag: Lakeside


Rainier Beach wins 3A title in OT, gives Bethea record sixth state championship

Lakeside High School of Seattle couldn’t take advantage of two opportunities to put away Rainier Beach in regulation.

Given new life, the veteran Vikings took advantage.

Top-ranked Rainier Beach won its second consecutive Class 3A title on Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, beating Metro League foe Lakeside in overtime, 62-59.

The title is Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea’s sixth with the school. He breaks a tie with the late Phil Lumpkin, who won five 3A championships at O’Dea.

“No question about it, without a doubt (it’s) the hardest fought (championship) I’ve ever had,” Bethea said. “It hasn’t really

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Class 3A girls: No. 5 Seattle Prep 36, No. 9 Lakeside 32

Seattle Prep weathered some rough shooting, and then held off a late rally to defeat Lakeside 39-32 on Friday in consolation round of the 3A state girls’ basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome. The Panthers advance to the fourth place game on Saturday where they will meet No. 8 Shorecrest.

Seattle Prep held a 16-4 lead at halftime and pushed that edge to 26-10 by the start of the fourth quarter before the Lions started to rally. Lakeside’s Kaylee Best made a 3-pointer with a minute to play to cut the score to 32-30, but the Lions couldn’t complete the

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Class 3A girls: No. 1 Prairie 64, No. 9 Lakeside 50

Even the favored teams can catch a case of the jittersat the state tournament.

Top-ranked Prairie overcame a slow start and some hot shooting in the first half by Lakeside to win its 3A girls’ state quarterfinal contest 64-50 on Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.

The state runner-up Falcons trailed by as much as 22-16 early in the second quarter, but slowly chipped away and finally pulled ahead late in the third quarter. Prairie kept the pressure on by shooting 52 percent in the second half and out-rebounding the Lions by a 2 to 1 margin.

“The girls were just really excited, really jacked up for this game,” Prairie coach Al Aldridge said. “They just weren’t as mentally focused as they needed to be in the first half and it showed.”
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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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