Lewis and Clark hadn’t made a 3-point field goal against Gonzaga Prep heading into the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s game between the top two Greater Spokane League girls basketball teams.
The host Tigers found themselves struggling as a result.
But Devyn Galland hit two long-range shots at critical times 3 minutes apart during the final quarter, breaking a 42-all tie and later helping propel them to a 10-point lead and ultimate 58-52 victory.
The win was just the latest in a series of unpredictable outcomes in this year’s crazy GSL girls competition. The victory denied the Bullpups (14-3 overall, 13-2 GSL) at least a tie for the championship with three games remaining.
LC (13-4, 12-3) kept its title hopes alive, but even more so, the victory was a confidence boost with district play looming around the corner.
“This was a pride win,” said 6-foot-1 Tiger Hayley Hendrickson, who was part of the dead-eye free-throw shooting that salvaged a season split between the teams.
“We owed them a bit,” added 6-3 Abang Taka, whose assists to Hendrickson from the high post proved vital.
Their size gave G-Prep fits, particularly in the second half. LC made 16 of 17 second-half free throws and was 22 for 25 overall. That proved instrumental in Galland finding herself open for the crucial 3-pointers on the perimeter.
“(Lindsay) Stockton was doubling inside every time and we had to reverse the ball away from that,” LC coach Jim Redmon said. “That’s where she got her shots in the second half.”
For much of the game the Tigers had no answer for Tia Presley. Presley had 16 of G-Prep’s 31 first-half points, seven in the final 1 minute, 46 seconds for a 31-22 halftime lead. She finished with a game-high 25.
The lead was 34-24 early in the third quarter, but the game turned when Presley was called for a charge and shortly afterward an ill-timed technical foul. It led to nine straight LC points, getting the hosts back into the physical and foul-filled game. Redmon said the banging was typical of GSL play this year.
Galland, who produced much of the team’s first-half offense and finished with 18 points, then put LC ahead for good with her first 3-pointer and the Tigers “bigs” did their part down low the rest of the way.
Hendrickson led the team in rebounding and scored 20 points, eight from the line.
“Hayley made some incredible shots and that was the best game in the last seven or eight for Abang,” Redmon said.
He predicted a four-team war come district.
North Central 45, Shadle Park 42: It was Groovy Shoes night in the Spokane Arena and a groovy outcome for the Indians (11-6, 10-5) taking a rare win from the rival Highlanders (also 11-6, 10-5). NC led by eight at half and scored the first four points of the third quarter. Shadle scored the final 12 to tie before NC received 13 points and 13 rebounds from Tara VanWeerhuizen and 14 points by Riley Holzinger. Aleisha Hathaway had 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Highlanders.
Mead 60, Ferris 49: The host Panthers (11-6, 9-6) avoided an upset by outscoring the Saxons (4-12, 3-12) 23-10 in the fourth quarter. Ferris led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, but Delaney Junkermier hit two 3-pointers to key a rally and sophomore Morgan Douglass had all nine of her points in the fourth period.
Mt. Spokane 56, University 52: The visiting Wildcats (7-10, 5-10) put on a long-range shooting exhibition hit 6 of 8 3-pointers in the first quarter and led at one point 17-1. The Titans (6-11, 5-10) rallied to within two points with 15 seconds remaining. Four Mt. Spokane players scored between 10 and 12 points, led by Megan Nelson. Lexi Clark and Kayleigh Valley each had 13 for U-Hi and Clark’s three steals helped in the comeback.
Central Valley 66, Rogers 19: The Bears (9-8, 8-7) scored nearly half of their points in the first quarter, taking a 30-3 lead during a victory against the host Pirates (1-16, 0-15). Brooke Gallaway had 20 and Sydney Emory 15 to lead CV.