SPOKANE, Wash. — The Ilwaco girls basketball team did some fancy rallying Thursday morning, in a quarterfinal game of the Washington Class 2B state tournament.
And while a comeback of major proportions helped the Fishermen overcome a 15-point deficit to start the fourth quarter, the Dragons of Saint George’s ultimately scored the major upset, 62-54, in overtime.
A furious rally by Ilwaco in the final eight minutes of regulation sent the game to OT, but Saint George’s outscored the Lady Fishermen 9-1 in the extra frame to win the thriller at the Spokane Arena.
The Dragons held leads of 31-18 at halftime and 43-28 to start the fourth quarter. Ilwaco even trailed by eight points with 1:46 remaining.
Saint George’s still held a seemingly safe 53-48 lead with 16 seconds left, when Ilwaco’s Makenzie Kaech scored on a crossover dribble to make it 53-50, and a Fishermen press forced a wild throw on the inbounds pass.
Estella Sheldon stole the ball and got it to freshman Erika Glenn, who stepped back behind the 3-point line, got set and hit the shot to tie it, 53-53, completing Ilwaco’s comeback and sending the game to overtime.
Running a terrorizing press at the end of the game, Ilwaco’s defense sped the game by forcing turnovers and committing fouls, erasing a 10-point deficit with less than three minutes remaining.
In the process, however, Ilwaco went into overtime with Madeline Jacobson and Ebby McMullen both having fouled out. Eliza Bannister fouled out early in the extra period, and St. George’s controlled the scoring in OT.
The Dragons ultimately finished 19-of-30 at the free throw line, to Ilwaco’s 15-for-24.
Saint George’s Lydia Bergquist (21 points) and Ceci Bergquist (19) combined for 40 points, with a combined 15 rebounds. Lydia Bergquist was 12-of-16 at the line before fouling out.
Kaech led all scorers with 25 points, while Ilwaco’s next highest scorer was Glenn with nine. Jacobson scored eight points with eight rebounds and three blocks.
The state championship hopes for the No. 1-ranked Fishermen come to an end, along with a 14-game win streak. Ilwaco (23-2 overall) moves to the consolation bracket, and will play Tri-Cities Prep at 9 a.m. Friday.