Tia Presley made 3-pointers. Tia Presley made driving basket after driving basket. And Tia Presley made free throws.
Whatever the Gonzaga Prep junior wanted to do, she did – and Lewis and Clark didn’t have an answer.
The 5-foot-8 wing scored 43 points, her second-highest output of the season, and had 12 rebounds to lead the Bullpups to a 75-71 victory in an offensive-drenched Greater Spokane League girls basketball game Tuesday at G-Prep.
The Bullpups (9-4, 5-3 GSL) further bunched up the league standings and knocked the Tigers (8-5, 6-2) out of first.
“Disappointing,” LC coach Jim Redmon said. “We ran a lot of different things at her (Presley). To her credit, she did a great job and got to the rim and got the fouls. She’s a handful.”
“It’s better than any AAU win I’ve ever had,” said Presley, who had a career-high 52 points last month in a win against Jesuit of Portland. “My team has been wanting to beat them for so long.”
In a game that rocked back and forth throughout, LC appeared in control, ahead 70-64 with 3:13 remaining.
Moments later, Presley stepped behind a double screen at the top of the arc and took a pass from Lindsay Stockton, who was standing out of bounds under her basket. Presley made the shot and was knocked to the ground. She hit the ensuing foul shot to pull the Bullpups within 70-68 with 2:43 to play.
“That was big to give up that four-point play,” Redmon said.
G-Prep outscored LC 11-1 the final 2:43.
“Both teams executed really well offensively and were hard to stop defensively,” Bullpups coach Mike Arte said. “We had a lot of components come together that we haven’t seen in 12 games.”
Stockton scored 20 points, all coming in the final three periods.
Devyn Galland led the Tigers with 24 points.
Central Valley 52, Ferris 33: The Bears (9-3, 6-1) cruised past the host Saxons (3-10, 2-6), vaulting into sole possession of first place.
Brandy Johnson led CV with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Lauren Earthman led Ferris with nine points and four steals.
Mead 65, University 49: Jazmine Redmon had 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as the visiting Panthers (10-3, 6-2) moved into a tie for second.
Hallie Gennett led the Titans (4-8, 2-5) with 14 points.
North Central 55, Rogers 25: Tara Van Weerdhuizen had 17 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks as the fourth-place Indians (8-5, 5-2) defeated visiting Rogers (0-13, 0-7).
The Indians’ Riley Holsinger added 14 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Mt. Spokane 52, East Valley 44: Sammie Pedersen had 15 points and Brooke Reilly added 12 as the visiting Wildcats (3-10, 2-5) stopped the Knights (3-10, 2-5).
Jenni White led EV with 20 points.
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