YAKIMA -- Tamara Jones has spent the last four seasons working to get to this point.
Tonight, Prosser's versatile post could be holding her first 2A state championship trophy.
But the 6-foot senior spent most of Friday night laying waste to W.F. West at the SunDome in a 49-35 drubbing that frankly wasn't as close as it looked on paper.
Jones, who became the all-time 2A state tournament scoring leader in Thursday's quarterfinal win over White River, scored a game-high 19 points against W.F. West. Jones was able to overpower the Bearcats inside, punishing taller and thicker players for points in the paint.
But she did the most damage from the outside, hitting five long jumpers, including a fourth-quarter 3-pointer that was just icing on the cake.
"If I was open I was going to shoot it," said Jones, who gave a lot of credit to point guard Helen Petersen. "She knows where the open players are and who to pass it to."
Peterson dished out six assists to go with nine points and four steals, and she managed the half-court game to perfection.
"Helen is as fierce a competitor as there has ever been. She is a redhead," quipped Mustangs coach Mark Little. "This is her third trip to state, and she has really improved."
Prosser (25-1) will face Burlington-Edison (22-4) in today's 7 p.m. championship. The Mustangs don't have much experience against the Tigers, who are led by 6-foot post Cambie Edwards (13.0 ppg) and senior guards Molly Breckenridge (10.6 ppg) and Kristine Thoe (10.4 ppg).
"Kristine is their shooter. They like to put up a lot of outside shots," said Jones, who now has 279 career points in four years at state, eclipsing the record of 235 held by Jessica Summers of Blaine.
Against the Bearcats, Prosser was able to match up well in the halfcourt game. The pace was slow, but the Mustangs were able to consistently work the ball inside and out to create shots.
"We've been working on our halfcourt game all season," Petersen said. "You've always got to look for Tamara, but our philosophy is to look for the best shot available and not neccessarily one player."
Prosser created most of its own good fortune with defense, using a relentless approach to force 14 turnovers. Petersen had four steals by halftime, and Tayshia Hunt added two more as the Mustangs built up a 27-9 lead after two quarters..
"I was very pleased with our first half defense. We made it very tough for them to get into their offense," Little said. "We really got after it."
Hunt had a terrific all-around game, hustling at both ends for eight points, five assists, two steals and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Megan O'Hara led W.F. West with 10 points, but Hunt stuck to her like glue, twice stuffing shots back in her face.
"When we play to our potential and play that good on defense. ... " Peterson paused. "I don't want to end up sounding cocky.
"The key is to keep up the intensity. We're ready for another chance (at a state title)."
The Mustangs shot 42 percent (19-for-45) from the field while holding the Bearcats to 26 percent (12-of-46).
Prosser's largest lead came when Taylor Flores converted a bucket inside and got fouled, hitting the and-one for a 40-14 lead with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
W.F. WEST (35)
Fisher 2, Megan O'Hara 10, Tahl, Spencer 5, Thomas, Long, Nunez 5, Weeks 2, Erskine 7, Parker, Hatmna 2, Hankins 2. Totals 12-46 6-13 35.
Petersen 9, Adams, Hunt 8, T.Flores 8, Tamara Jones 19, K.Flores, Adams, Mercer 4, Davis 1, Hall, Garza, Wiley. Totals 19-45 10-17 49.
W.F. West 7 2 10 16 -- 35
Prosser 13 14 15 7 -- 49
Highlights--Rebounds: WF 37 (Parker 6), P 33 (Hunt 12); 3-pointers: WF 5x15 (O'Hara 2), P 1x12 (Petersen); Turnovers: WF 14, P 11; Steals: WF 4, P 8 (Petersen 4); Assists: WF 5, P 13 (Petersen 6); Blocks: WF 3, P 5 (Hunt 3).