Prosser and W.F. West girls warming up.
The Cougars are pretty big with two girls at 6-3 and another at 6-feet even. Their top scorer, Uriah Thomas (13.0 ppg), is the 6-footer. Parker is a presence inside. In her tournament debut yesterday, she became the third player in tournament history to block 7 shots in a game.
W.F. West guard Ryan Tahl also tied a record held by several players when she hit six 3-pointers in a quarterfinal win.
Here's an even bigger deal: Prosser's Tamara Jones, with her 23 points yesterday, became the all-time tournament leader in points scored with 259. That snapped the existing record of 235 held by Jessica Summers of Blaine HS.
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Two very good teams, lots of great players.
Pregame introductions underway. Here we go.....
So far this has been a game of mid-range to long jumpers more than big players inside. Even the bigs are stepping out for 3s.
Helen Petersen hit the first basket, drilling a 15-footer from the top of the key. She later drilled a 3-pointer with 3:04 left to make it 9-5.
It's definitely been a slower-paced, half-court type game, and both teams seem pretty comfortable with that. Although the Mustangs are having better success at it.
Prosser finished first quarter on 7-2 run to take 13-7 lead. Jones got a nice kick-back pass from Petersen, who drive in from the wing. Jones has 4 points. Petersen with 5.
West has missed its first eight shots of the second quarter, while Mustangs are pulling away with 10-0 run. Petersen doing a really nice job of managing this game, limiting turnovers and distributing the ball. She's also picked up some big steals that have led directly to points.
Prosser leading 23-7 with 2 minutes left in half.
Jones starting to find a rhythm. She gets another dish from Peterson and bangs in a baseline jumper. Thirty seconds later she hits from the same spot to make it 23-7.
Bearcats get their first (and only) field goal of the quarter at the 1:51 mark on a contested jumper in the lane by Lauren Fisher. But Fisher later draws her third foul, so they might have to use her sparingly in the third quarter.
End of half. It's 27-9 Mustangs.
Silly foul in open court by Fisher to begin the third quarter. That's four on her.
Meanwhile, Jones overpowers Thomas inside for a bucket and then swishes a 15-footer from the right baseline on the next possession, both off assists from Petersen. That gives her 13 and gives Prosser a 31-9 lead just one minute into the half.
Looks like the rout is on.
Tayshia Hunt might be having the best all-around game of anybody. She's played rock-solid defense and has double digit rebounds already. She's also helped make West guards a little timid about going inside, stuffing a couple of running jumpers right back in their faces. She's also got eight points and a handful of assists.
42-19 after three quarters. Prosser leads.
At this point, the Bearcats' best hope is to not get doubled up. They're starting to attack inside again, and it's yielded a couple of baskets to begin the fourth. 44-23 Mustangs.
Sydney Mercer blows an easy layup after a nice save by Hunt on a ball going out of bounds. Mercer does draw a foul, but gets some playful chiding from Jones about missing the bunny. To Mercer's credit, she drills both free throws for her fourth point of the night. Way to go Syd.
Just playing out the clock now. Prosser leads 58-31 with 50 seconds left.
Mustangs will play Burlingon-Edison for the 2A girls championship tomorrow at 7 p.m.
It's a final. Prosser wins 49-35.