Friday’s 2B Girls BB: Davenport Bumps Tigers in Semifinals
TROPHY DAY: Napavine Faces St. George’s at 11:15 a.m. for Third Place
By Aaron VanTuyl
SPOKANE — Mollie Olson and Melissa Lee were, as usual, impressive.
Against defending state champ Davenport, though, the Tiger duo’s combined 41 points weren’t quite enough.
The Gorillas pulled away in the third quarter and dominated on the glass here Friday night to bump Napavine into the third-place game with a 51-43 win.
Olson scored 22 points with nine rebounds, while Lee scored 19 with four boards.
Sydney Zeiler led the Gorillas — who beat Napavine in the play-in round last year — with 19 points, and senior point guard Sydney Abbott added 11 with nine rebounds.
“They’re solid. They play really good defense and they don’t make too many mistakes,” Napavine coach Jeremy Landram said. “We weren’t able to capitalize on a couple things, the ball didn’t bounce our way a couple times, a couple calls didn’t go our way at the end — but you play it long enough and that’s exactly what happens.”
Napavine led 28-27 early in the third quarter, but didn’t hit a field goal for a full eight minutes. When that drought, ended by Sydney Purvis with 4:33 left in the game, wrapped up, Davenport held a 46-36 lead.
The Tigers cut it to 47-43 with 26 seconds left on a putback bucket from Lee, but Darby Soliday hit a pair of foul shots with 22 seconds to go and Janaye Wilkie picked off a pass to end the Tigers’ next possession.
Purvis’ fourth-quarter bucket marked the only 2 points not scored by Olson and Lee, who were a combined 14 of 27 from the field.
“We got the shots we needed to get. We made them last night, and we made them before,” Landram said. “Tonight was just an off night.”
Davenport’s rebounding advantage — 49 to 28 — also hurt.
“When you get this far, you’ve got to have a little help from the basketball gods to take the next step,” Landram added. “We just didn’t get a couple things down the stretch to go our way.”
The Tigers (23-4) are back on the court at 11:15 a.m. Saturday morning, facing St. George’s in the third-place game.
“This is definitely not what we came over to do — play at 11 — but when the stars don’t align and you have a rough night like we did, to still be in the game and compete is really good,” Landram said. “They’ve got pretty good character, so I think they’ll be as ready as any team can be. They deserve to just play their best game tomorrow, win or lose.”
Note: Davenport faces Colfax — which beat Napavine in regionals — in the state title game at 5 p.m., meaning that, for the fourth year in a row, the State 2B champion will be a team that beat Napavine in the state playoffs.
GORILLAS 51, TIGERS 43
Napavine 14 10 10 9 —43
Davenport 14 10 16 11 —51
Napavine (43) — Purvis 2, Olson 22, Lee 19
FG: 15 of 40 —.375 FT: 10 of 19 —.526 Reb. 28 (Olson 9)
Davenport (51) — Abbott 11, Soliday 8, Telford 4, Wilkie 3, Jacobsen 5, Zeiler 3
FG: 18 of 51 —.353 FT: 9 of 15 —.600 Reb. 49 (Abbott 9)