YAKIMA – Revenge was oh-so-sweet for Lynden.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Brandi Brenner scored 19 points, 13 in the second half, and her fourth-ranked Lions defeated second-ranked and previously unbeaten Archbishop Murphy with a 48-41 victory in the State 2A girls championship game on Saturday night.
The win is the first state title for Lynden (23-4), which placed second in 1991.
Archbishop Murphy, of Everett, beat Lynden 53-33 in the Northwest District championship game on March 7.
“It’s amazing how loose we were,” Lynden coach Rob Adams said, after foreshadowing the upset to his players hours earlier.
“I told them before the game, ‘What happens if it’s our turn? Be ready for that.’ ”
Alyssa Smith led Archbishop Murphy (26-1) with 15 points.
Patrick Voeut scored 16 points and tournament MVP Keith Stackhouse had 11 points and seven rebounds to lead the Squalicum Storm past district foe Burlington-Edison 60-49 in the championship game.
Top-ranked Squalicum (26-1) rolled out to a 21-6 lead after the first quarter and never trailed the Tigers (18-9).
Freddy Wilson and Peyton Siva combined for 22 points as balanced Franklin rolled past Columbia River 51-34 in the title game at the Tacoma Dome.