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Tigers crash boards while bouncing back

TACOMA – It’s typically uncertain how a team will rebound physically and mentally following a first-day loss during the state basketball tournament.

Lewis and Clark rebounded literally for its 62-31 win over Jackson and remained alive during consolation play Thursday afternoon during the State 4A girls tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

The Tigers (26-3) pulled down 36 boards in the first half and outrebounded the Timberwolves 66-36 for the game. It was recipe for an easy victory.

LC plays Kamiak at 12:30 p.m. today. The winner advances to the trophy round for fifth and eighth places.

“The whole thing we talked about was how we would come out,” LC coach Jim Redmon said. “Would we lay an egg or be competitive? I knew within a minute or two, felt sure, the effort was going to be there.”

Redmon said he still thought the Tigers shot horribly, as they have in recent games, after hitting just 32 percent of 69 shots.

“But we won the game from the boards,” Redmon said.

LC, which never trailed, scored twice in the first 45 seconds, the second following a turnover. Seniors Jeneva Anderson and Sarah Kliewer each scored twice and Emily Travis added four free throws during the 18-9 first-quarter lead.

In the second quarter the Tigers pounded the boards. They outrebounded Jackson 21-6 in the period, 13 of those at the offensive end. They expanded the lead even while the shooting percentage suffered and points came at a premium.

Anderson and Travis led a 10-2 third-quarter flurry that put LC ahead 38-20. Playing the entire lineup liberally, hoping to save legs, the Tigers outscored Jackson 22-7 over the final 8 minutes.

“I honestly remember a few years back when we did lay an egg,” Redmon said. “I told the girls we couldn’t change what happened, but since we’re over here we might as well try and bring a trophy back.”

He said that Travis’s defense on Jackson point guard Chanel Sam and the consistency of Anderson also played into the victory.

Anderson was performing in front of an assistant coach at the University of Washington, where she will attend, and said that played a part in early shooting struggles.

“It’s (also) hard to shoot in an arena like this with no backdrop,” she said.

Anderson had a game-high 17 points and Travis scored 12 after hitting 8 of 8 from the free-throw line. Hayley Hendrickson had 12 rebounds and Mary Blevins 10.

“Another thing, we were running our plays,” Anderson said. “We let Federal Way’s pressure get to us (Wednesday) and played individually. We played as a team today.”

Moses Lake 48, Auburn Riverside 44: Jordan Loera and Carly Noyes combined for 35 points and 19 rebounds as the Chiefs (22-6) defeated the Ravens (21-7) in the quarterfinals.

Kelly Sutherland preserved the win with a steal and jumper in the final minute for a four-point edge.