SPOKANE, Wash. — Wahkiakum defeated Ilwaco 50-49 Saturday in Spokane to take fourth place at the state tournament. Ilwaco finished sixth.
The Fishermen went to Spokane as the No. 1 seed with a 22-1 record, but could only manage two wins in four games, to finish 24-3 overall.
Erika Glenn’s 3-pointer put Ilwaco ahead 46-44 with 2:19 remaining in Saturday’s contest. But Wahkiakum answered with a 6-0 run, capped by Paige Mace’s swooping basket inside the final minute.
Ilwaco’s Ebby McMullen struck quickly in response, bringing the ball up and lobbing it through traffic to Madeline Jacobson, who converted a three-point play to cut it to one with 46 seconds left. But Ilwaco could not score again.
Eliza Bannister scored 13 points, all in the first half, knocking down 3-pointers at the first and second quarter buzzers and hitting a pair of layups off her own steals. Jacobson also scored 13, including seven in the final four minutes, and shot 5-of-8.
Makenzie Kaech had 10 rebounds and nine points. For the Mules, Mace and Macie Elliot each scored 10 points.
Ilwaco defeats Tri-Cities
Following their surprising loss to St. George’s last Thursday, Ilwaco bounced back and led 28-8 after one quarter, on its way to an 85-54 win Friday over Tri-Cities Prep.
Makenzie Kaech scored 12 points in the first quarter, 20 in the first half and finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 14-of-19 shooting.
Madeline Jacobson grabbed 15 rebounds and shot 11-of-16 for 22 points, including 18 points in the second half. Jacobson blocked three shots and altered many more protecting the rim behind Ilwaco’s aggressive press. Eliza Bannister added 18 points. Talia Von Oelhoffen led the Jaguars with 27 points.