Gonzaga Prep surprised Shadle Park in Greater Spokane League girls basketball, handing the Highlanders their second straight defeat Tuesday night.
Mariah Knopp, on a kick-out pass from Tia Presley, made a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in the game for a 53-52 upset win at Shadle (11-4).
It was Knopp’s second 3-pointer for the Bullpups (8-7), who rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to win.
The Highlanders had taken a 16-12 first-quarter lead and were ahead 26-21 at halftime.
They still had a four-point lead entering the final period, but G-Prep outscored them 18-13, including Knopp’s winner.
GSL scoring leader Presley, a sophomore, led all players with 23 points. Freshman Lindsay Stockton contributed 16, including two 3-pointers.
None of the Bullpups’ four 3-pointers proved bigger than the one by Knopp.
Bianca Pope scored 14 points to lead Shadle and Lindsay Niemeyer added 11.
G-Prep remained tied with University for the fourth and fifth 4A district playoff berths in league.
The pair has a four-game lead over Ferris in the loss column with five league games remaining.
University 52, Mt. Spokane 50: The host Titans (8-7) were nearly swept in the season series with the Wildcats (3-10).
They had led 30-22 at halftime, but Mt. Spokane rallied in the third quarter and took a lead with 2 minutes remaining in the game.
But with 21 seconds left, Zoe Scott pulled down an offensive rebound, was fouled on the ensuing shot attempt and made both free throws for the night’s final points.
Amy Thornton had a steal and missed both free throws with 5 seconds left before Averi Hallman’s half-court shot rimmed out.
Chenise Pakootas led Titans scorers with 15 and Nyesha Joseph added 12. Scott had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Hallman led all scorers with 18. Sammie Peterson added 10.
Mead 66, East Valley 48: Jazmine Redmon and Tifa Puletasi went wild as the visiting Panthers (13-2) toppled the Knights (8-7) and opened a two-game lead over Shadle for second place.
Redmon scored 26 points, including 3 for 4 on 3-pointers, and had nine rebounds. Puletasi added 22 points and had 11 rebounds.
The Knights were led by Jenni White, who scored 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 3 for 5 from 3-point range. Janea Knopp added 12.
Ferris 54, Rogers 38: The host Panthers (3-11) burst to an 18-7 advantage after one quarter and maintained it throughout the game to defeat the winless Pirates (0-14).
Ashley Lockmer continued to lead the way for Ferris. She scored 16 points and also had six rebounds.
Carrie Barber added nine points and had five assists.
Three Rogers players –Jessica Carpenter, Samantha Roybal and Jade Butler – combined for 26 points.
Central Valley 63, North Central 22: The Bears (10-4), playing at home, pulled to within a half-game of Shadle for third place among 4A schools.
They led 31-8 at halftime and 49-12 after three quarters.
Junior post Brandy Johnson scored a career-high 17 points for CV.
Ten Bears scored in the game. Freshman Brooke Gallaway had nine rebounds and four steals. Savannah Kolterman scored 11 points for NC.
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