TACOMA -- Hayley Hodgins has become the closer.
The Chiawana senior guard delivered a back-breaking 3-pointer to help lead the Riverhawks to a hard-fought 53-49 win against Lake Stevens on Thursday in the Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome.
"It was like last weekend, I was just convinced we were not gonna lose," Hodgins said. "It was ugly, but it was a win."
The Riverhawks (22-3) saw their eight-point, third-quarter lead disappear and suddenly trailed the Vikings 47-44 with 3 minutes, 12 seconds remaining.
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After a defensive stop, Mikaela Rivard started the rally with a floater in the lane. The defense got another stop, and Hodgins drew a foul and made two free throws to put Chiawana ahead 48-47 with 1:56 left.
Chiawana then forced a turnover and Hodgins missed a free throw, but after another turnover, Hodgins drilled a 3-pointer with 56 seconds left to ice the game and send the Riverhawks into tonight's semifinal against Federal Way.
"I've always had pressure on me, but I do get nervous," Hodgins said. "But once you let go of the ball, you can't do anything about it. So you just have to have confidence in yourself, or it won't go in."
Hodgins has had plenty of confidence lately.
In Saturday's elimination game against Gonzaga Prep, she poured in 27 points, including the winning 3-point play. Thursday, she added to her late-game rsum in the quarterfinals.
"Hayley has stepped up huge the last couple of weeks," Chiawana coach Steve Davis said. "She now knows what it takes to be a go-to scorer. It's nice to have a kid that wants to be that."
Early on, it didn't look as if the Riverhawks would need any late-game heroics.
They jumped out to a 7-0 lead and looked to be having no trouble.
Lake Stevens quickly erased those doubts, using a 14-2 run to close the first quarter and take a 20-11 lead.
"We got caught off guard," Rivard said, "We weren't talking on defense ... We just didn't come ready to play."
The Riverhawks eventually righted things, outscoring the Vikings 18-4 in the second quarter as Hodgins scored 10 points and Rivard added six.
"I think our defense kind of stepped it up," Rivard said. "We knew we had to stop them and then make some shots."
Chiawana did just enough defensively to hold off the feisty Vikings for a second consecutive state tournament.
"They definitely gave us a standing eight count in the first quarter," Davis said, "but our kids steadied themselves and they survived."
While Hodgins and Rivard provided the scoring punch, Kendyl Reynolds and Shelby Ellsworth provided solid defensive efforts to lead the Riverhawks to the first semifinal appearance in school history.
"I told the girls I'll take two more wins just like this," Davis said. "I'll be mad, because I'm a perfectionist, but I'll take two more just like this."
Hodgins led all scorers with 21 points and six rebounds, while Rivard added 11 points and six rebounds.
Ellsworth finished with nine points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Reynolds had five points.
Brooke Pahukoa's 15 points led the Vikings (21-4).