Second time was the charm for Lewis and Clark.
Jacinta Buckley scored 17 points with nine rebounds and three steals and the third-seeded Tigers held off fifth-seeded Glacier Peak 48-38 in a State 4A quarterfinal at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday.
Lewis and Clark (22-3) advances to a semifinal on Friday at 9 p.m.
LC lost to Glacier Peak 49-40 in December. On Thursday, the Tigers saw a fourth-quarter 13-point lead dwindle to six before hanging on.
“We almost stopped playing before the game was over,” Dominique Arquette said. “We did that last time when we played them during Christmas break. We just let up and they got the game.
“We were not going to let that happen again.”
Arquette finished with 11 points and Andie Zylak had 10 for Lewis and Clark.
Glacier Peak (21-4), the Wesco League champion, beat 12th-seeded Chiawana 58-49 in a first-round game on Wednesday. The Grizzlies were led by Aaliyah Collins with 13 points.
Zylak gave LC a spark in the first quarter with six points and four rebounds and the Tigers led 11-5 after one.
“She attacked the basket, did a great job,” LC coach Gabe Medrano said.
Buckley got more into the flow in the second quarter scoring on an assortment of floaters in the lane and LC went to the lockers with a 28-20 advantage.
Buckley led LC in the half with 11, while Collins paced Glacier Peak with 11.
The low-scoring half was indicative of both teams’ tenacious defense.
“Very, very, very physical,” Arquette said. “I think it’s nice though, when you’re at state, playing high-caliber players. You’ve gotta be strong.”
“There was a lot of bumping,” Medrano agreed. “But we can’t worry about that stuff.”
Arquette hit from long distance early in the third and the Tigers held Glacier Peak to nine points in the quarter to extend their lead to 13 entering the fourth.
The Grizzlies put on a full-court press in the fourth used a 6-2 spurt to cut the lead to 44-35 midway through the quarter. Maya Erling nailed a 3 to make it an eight-point game with 1:42 left but the Tigers held on despite scoring six points in the frame.
“We got a little bit tired,” Buckley admitted. “Our energy was low but then we got it back and did what we needed to do.”
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