For 24 minutes the Gonzaga Prep girls basketball team looked like the team picked to capture the Greater Spokane League championship and more.
It was the final quarter that showed the Bullpups have much to work on before the final product is polished.
Four Bullpups reached double-figure scoring as visiting Gonzaga Prep held off a furious Lewis and Clark rally for a 72-64 decision Tuesday in a league opener for both teams.
A 9-1 surge allowed the Bullpups to shoot in front 58-37 late in the third quarter – their largest advantage.
The Tigers (1-1 overall) scored on six straight possessions in the fourth quarter to pull within six points. But a basket by Laura Stockton squelched LC’s comeback.
Stockton had 10 assists, many of them to 6-foot post Otiona Gildon, who finished with a game-high 22 points to go with 14 rebounds. Hannah Caudill had 15 points and five assists, Lauren Weir came off the bench to score 12 and Oona Harrington added 10 to go with three steals and two assists.
“I thought we played fantastic for three quarters,” G-Prep coach Mike Arte said. “That’s as good an opener as we’ve had for a long time against a very good team that can shoot the ball.”
After a tight first quarter, G-Prep used a 13-3 run to close the first half with a 40-26 lead.
The solid play continued into the third before the Tigers, behind Riley Lupfer and Michaela Kay, mounted a rally in the fourth.
Lupfer led LC with 20 points and Kay had 19. Janieva Bates had seven rebounds.
“In the fourth quarter we got out of rhythm – although when we did attack we got nice shots,” Arte said. “We’re going to be fine. We’ve got to develop some people on the bench for us to be a state-qualifying team.”
Shadle Park 56, Mead 46: Amanda Konynenbelt hit four 3-pointers while scoring 19 points to lead the visiting Highlanders to a win over the defending State 4A champion Panthers in a league opener. The Highlanders jumped out to a 15-3 first-quarter lead. Shadle outshot Mead from long range 9-0. Shyla Carr added 18 points for the Highlanders. Coreen Labish and Ashlyn Lewey led Mead with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Ferris 60, Mt. Spokane 46: The Saxons forced 21 turnovers to turn back the visiting Wildcats in the league opener. The Saxons pulled away behind hot 3-point shooting in the second half. Brittney Johnson and Jill Louthian both scored 13 points to lead the Saxons, while Dallas Flager led the Wildcats with 12.
Central Valley 71, North Central 38: Paced by the 23 points and 20 rebounds from Madison Hovren, the Bears cruised past the visiting Indians in a league opener. Mariah Cunningham added 12 points and Lauren Simpson had 11 for CV. Brianna King led NC with 14.
University 58, Rogers 31: Morgan Hawley and Cassie Shillam had 13 points apiece to lead the visiting Titans past the Pirates in a league opener. The Titans opened a 34-16 lead in the first half. Sarah Guertin led Rogers with nine points.