RICHLAND -- The Chiawana girls basketball team was in the midst of a furious rally Friday, when a dubious non-call didn't go its way.
Shelby Ellsworth scored with 7.6 seconds remaining in the Riverhawks' Class 4A state first-round game at Richland to pull her team within two points.
Lewis & Clark then failed to inbound the ball and time ran out without a 5-second call being whistled.
"I told Melanie (Valdez) we had to get a shot off with more than 5 seconds left," Chiawana coach Steve Davis said. "When we scored, it was 7.6 seconds left, but I don't know ..."
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The Tigers (17-6) escaped with a 55-53 victory and earned a state quarterfinals berth at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
Chiawana (21-3) will face Gonzaga Prep at 1 p.m. today at Richland High in an elimination game, with the winner advancing to Tacoma.
"We just have to come back strong," Chiawana's Hayley Hodgins said. "We have to hold our heads up. We still have a chance at this and hopefully we can win (today)."
Chiawana trailed 54-49 with 54 seconds left Friday, but Hodgins made a layup -- though she missed the ensuing free throw -- to pull the Riverhawks within 54-51.
Chiawana's Mikaela Rivard then stole a pass in the backcourt and coming out of a timeout, Rivard had two chances to tie the game. She missed a 3-pointer off the inbounds pass from the left elbow, but Sadie Sparks pulled down an offensive rebound and Rivard got another chance from the top of the key. It rimmed off and Lewis & Clark got the rebound.
"I was really proud of the girls," Davis said. "We got two looks at a 3 ... they did everything they had to do."
After the Tigers' Nakia Arquette made 1-of-2, Ellsworth made her lay-in, setting up the game-ending pandemonium, complete with Davis chasing the referees asking for an explanation.
None was given and now the Riverhawks are in the unfamiliar situation of having to rally from a loss.
"We talked about for us to compete, everyone has to show up," Davis said. "We can't just rely on Hayley Hodgins."
Hodgins nearly single-handedly led the Riverhawks to the quarterfinals, pouring in 28 points.
The scouting report Lewis & Clark got from other CBBN coaches was to not let Hodgins get open on the perimeter, but it was something the Tigers couldn't stop Friday.
With Chiawana clinging to a 25-24 lead at halftime, Hodgins scored 10 consecutive points to open the third quarter, including back-to-back 3-pointers from the left corner.
With everyone else struggling from the field, though, it wasn't enough.
"We had the looks, we just didn't convert," Hodgins said. "I missed my free throw at the end. We just need to make sure we convert our little ones."
The game remained tight throughout the fourth quarter, before Lewis & Clark's Devyn Galland took over.
Chiawana led 45-44 with 6:07 left and Galland then scored the Tigers' next 10 points, including a back-breaking 3-pointer off an inbounds pass to put the Tigers up 53-49 and setting up the frantic finish.
"It was two quality teams playing a physical game," Lewis & Clark coach Jim Redmon said. "I was expecting nothing less than a very physical, good game.
"I thought we had a couple of kids step up. That 3-pointer in the corner was the key, because it gave us a little breathing room."
Hodgins added seven rebounds with her game-high in points. Sparks finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Galland led the Tigers with 18 points, while Arquette had nine points and 11 rebounds.
"It is just frustrating," Hodgins said. "I think it was more we were right there and it's a shock we didn't win it."
LEWIS & CLARK - Abang Taka 1 2-4 4, Devyn Galland 5 6-7 18, Julia Moravec 3 4-4 10, Taylor Howlett 1 2-2 4, Hayley Hendricksen 2 2-2 7, Nakia Arquette 2 4-7 9, Sareya Bishop 1 0-0 3, Joelle Tampien 0 0-0 0, Emma Keenan 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 20-26 55.
CHIAWANA - Hayley Hodgins 10 5-7 28, Sadie Sparks 3 3-4 9, Shelby Ellsworth 2 1-4 5, Mikaela Rivard 1 0-0 2, Melanie Valdez 2 0-0 4, Danielle Loving 1 1-2 3, Kendyl Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Bianca Gonzales 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-17 53.
Lewis & Clark 12 12 17 14 - 55
Chiawana 12 13 17 9 - 53
3-point goals - Lewis & Clark 5 (Galland 2, Bishop, Arquette, Hendricksen), Chiawana 3 (Hodgins 3). Total fouls - Lewis & Clark 15, Chiawana 18. Fouled out - Lewis & Clark, Galland; Chiawana, Hodgins. Rebounds - Lewis & Clark 30 (Arquette 11), Chiawana 31 (Sparks 8). Turnovers - Lewis & Clark 14, Chiawana 11.