By David Krueger Herald Writer
TACOMA — A pair of Shorecrest seniors ensured their season would not end with two straight losses in the 3A state tournament.
Brianne Lasconia led the Scots with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, and fellow senior Janie Uppinghouse scored 15 points — all on 3-pointers — to help Shorecrest defeat Kamiakin 59-48 in a 3A state tournament consolation game Friday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.
“Our seniors did not want their season to end today,” said Dori Monson, the Shorecrest head coach. “They’ve been such a great group.”
With the win, the Scots extended their season to today, where they will play Seattle Prep in the fourth/sixth place game at 9:30 a.m. Win or lose, the Scots are going to win the first trophy in Shorecrest girls basketball history.
“We’ve never trophied in school history,” Monson said. “Our goal was to win on Saturday here, however we had to do it. We’re really excited for that (opportunity).”
Uppinghouse provided a spark for the Scots, making her first three 3-point attempts. She added two more — with her final one coming right after the start of the third quarter — to help keep her team on top. Lasconia had 13 of her 20 points in the second half to keep Kamiakin from rallying back.
“It was huge for us the way Janie was shooting today,” Monson said. “Huge, huge difference in the game.”
Shorecrest scored the first seven points of the game, but Kamiakin came back and eventually tied the score at 17. The Scots built up a 33-24 advantage by halftime and Uppinghouse’s 3-pointer seconds into the third quarter helped Shorecrest pick up right where it left off.
The Braves tried to rally, but never got within seven points the rest of the way.
Kamiakin, which was a perfect 23-0 before two straight losses to exit the 3A state tournament, was led by the 14 points of sophomore Sira Toure. Courtney Nelson and Khadidja Toure, an Oregon State University commit, scored nine points apiece. Khadidja Toure, who led the Braves with 12 rebounds, averages about 23 points per game.
The Scots, who worked the ball down low when they weren’t shooting 3-pointers, had a slight 41-39 rebound advantage thanks to India Matheson and Onyie Chibuogwu, who grabbed eight rebounds apiece. Matheson tweaked her ankle and had to be helped off the court late in the fourth quarter. But she reentered the game a few minutes later and helped Shorecrest increase its lead in the closing moments.
At Tacoma Dome
Kamiakin—C. Nelson 9, Roueche 0, Oord 1, S. Toure 14, K. Toure 9, K. Nelson 4, Schauble 4, Miller 7, Ellison 0. Shorecrest—Shattuck 2, Magaoay 0, Lindsey 1, Lasconia 20, Jones 0, Schlachter 0, Monson 3, Chibuogwu 8, Greenburg 2, Uppinghouse 15, Matheson 9. 3-point goals—C. Nelson 1, Uppinghouse 5, Monson 1, Lasconia 1. Records—Kamiakin 23-2 overall. Shorecrest 21-5.