The history books will show fourth-seeded Mead won the District 8 4A girls basketball championship, but the Panthers won’t remember it that way.
“With the way our teams beat each other, seedings didn’t matter,” Mead coach Regan Drew said. “It was going to be a tough matchup.”
The Panthers, who were part of a three-way tie for second place that the Greater Spokane League decided by a coin flip, followed up their win at top-seeded Central Valley with a 70-61 win at second-seeded Lewis and Clark Thursday night.
Before that, Mead had to win a loser-out game against University on Monday.
“It was their third game in four days,” LC coach Jim Redmon said. “If anyone should have been tired it should have been them, and they didn’t show it.”
Both teams are home Tuesday for regional openers. Mead plays the No. 4 from the Columbia Basin Big Nine and LC meets the No. 3. Central Valley, which rebounded to beat Gonzaga Prep 55-51 in a loser-out game, plays at the CBL No. 2 seed Tuesday. CBBN seeds will be determined tonight and Saturday.
LC (14-8) had the ball trailing 58-56 with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but lost it on a turnover. The Panthers (18-5), make that Jazmine Redmon, quickly put five points on the board. After the Tigers scored with 1 minute left, Mead scored the next five to seal the game.
It was similar to their matchup last week when Redmon had 13 of her 29 in the fourth quarter to rally the Panthers, who lost to the Tigers 80-50 in December, to a 64-57 win.
“When it came down to it, there was four minutes on the clock and it was a two-point game, we didn’t execute, we didn’t take care of the ball and they did,” Jim Redmon said. “I thought Jazmine Redmon was just a real, smart great leader. When they needed a basket or needed a play, she got it.”
It didn’t hurt that Taylor Ingebritsen opened up Mead’s inside by scoring 23 points, including three 3-pointers.
“I just feel like right now is an important time and I need to step up,” said Ingebritsen, who had 18 at CV. “For me it’s mental. I have to keep my confidence.”
Kalee Junkermier added 13 points for Mead.
“It was tough when it shook out that we were (seed No.) four,” Drew said. “But Monday allowed us to gain momentum. … It is what is. Bottom line is you want to be playing this time of year.”
Central Valley 55, Gonzaga Prep 51: Senior Kelsey Matthews knocked down four 3-pointers and scored 17 points as the Bears (17-5) eliminated the Bullpups (15-7).
CV salted the game away by hitting 20 of 21 free throws. Brooke Galloway contributed 13 points and Loree Hill had 10.
Tia Presley had 23 for G-Prep, hitting 12 of 17 free throws. Lindsay Stockton had 12 points and Hannah Murray had 10.
Shadle Park 55, North Central 41: Chelsea Chandler and Aleisha Hathaway combined for 32 points and host Shadle Park (14-8) used a 17-1 second-quarter run to pull ahead for good, beating North Central (12-10) 55-41 Thursday and taking the District 8 3A title.
The Highlanders will take the district’s No. 1 seed to the 3A regional tournament while the Indians will play East Valley in a loser-out game in the first round of the regional tournament at 6 p.m. Tuesday at NC.
Mt. Spokane 60, East Valley 44: Kennadie Clute had 13 points and 10 rebounds and the Wildcats (5-17) outscored the Knights (6-16) 37-15 in the second half to advance to regional as the No. 3 seed. The Wildcats will play on the road against the No. 2 seed out of the Big Nine at 6 p.m. Tuesday.