TACOMA – The number keep piling up.
Kaylee Bishop scored 22 points, Jacinta Buckley added 15 and third-seeded Lewis and Clark beat second-seeded Kentridge 64-55 in a State 4A semifinal game at the Tacoma Dome on Friday.
It’s the sixth trip to the finals for LC and the 12th of 14 years with a Greater Spokane League team in the 4A girls title game.
Lewis and Clark (23-3) faces eighth-seeded Eastlake in the title game on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“Finally,” said Buckley, a senior headed to UNLV. “Four years and we finally did it. We never stopped working hard. This is what we wanted. And we’re not done yet. I’m letting you know right now. Not done.”
Kentridge (25-3), the North Puget Sound champ, averaged 69.7 points this season.
Bishop drained three 3-pointers and the Tigers led 21-9 after one quarter.
Buckley picked up her second foul early in the second quarter and went to the bench. It didn’t matter.
Dominique Arquette (12 points) drained a pair of 3-pointers and Sativa Rogers, the shortest player on the floor, drove the lane for two baskets and LC led 32-17 at the half.
Bishop hit two from beyond the arc to start the second half, and Buckley hit from the top of the key to make it a 20-point game.
Kentridge forced the ball inside and fought back. The Chargers went to the line repeatedly in the third, hitting 8 of 11, and cut their deficit to 41-35 at the end of three quarters.
“I told them, ‘Hey, they’re doing exactly what I would tell them to do,’ ” LC coach Gabe Medrano said.
Buckley scored a layup with a defender hanging all over her, and Arquette hit from 3 to push it back to 48-37 with 5:45 to go. Bishop’s sixth 3-pointer made it a double-digit game again.
LC went 11 of 12 at the line in the last 2 minutes to seal it.
“Ice in our veins,” Buckley said.
“They stepped up and knocked them down and did exactly what they’re supposed to do,” Medrano said.
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