TACOMA -- Kassy Larson was playing like it was the last game of her career.
The senior post poured in 14 points, including 12 in the third quarter, but fouled out with more than half of the fourth quarter remaining and the Braves lost 52-42 to North Central in the third-place game Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
"It was a good season, even though it didn't end the way we wanted it to," Larson said. "I'm happy we made a game of it. It was neck-and-neck, and there is nothing anyone should be upset about."
The Braves took a 37-35 lead early in the fourth quarter on a Courtney Nelson layup, but Larson picked up her third and fourth fouls in the span of a minute and had to go to the bench with 6:25 left.
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The Indians responded with a 7-0 run and a 42-37 lead, so Larson came back in and promptly picked up her fifth foul trying to block 6-foot-2 Tara VanWeerdhuizen's shot with 4:01 remaining.
The Indians then went on a 10-2 run to blow open the game and take third place during their first state tournament in school history.
For the Braves, the loss marked the end of a successful season, picking up their first state trophy since 2008 when they finished seventh.
"If you would've told me at the beginning of the season that we would finish fifth, I would've laughed," Khadida Toure said. "But now that we are here, it's a bit disappointing to not get the win. But we've achieved a lot."
Larson had a monster third quarter to put the Braves in position to win the game. She had 12 of Kamiakin's 17 points as the Braves rallied from a pair of five-point deficits, eventually taking the lead 33-32 on a Larson layup with 50 seconds left in the quarter.
Larson added 15 rebounds for a double-double, while Courtney Nelson added 11 points.