Arlington girls fall to Mead, take home 5th-place trophy

The Eagles lead by 16 in the fourth but can’t hold off a late rally from the Panthers.

Arlington’s Jersey Walker takes the ball and looks to pass against Lake Washington in the 3A semifinal on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

TACOMA — Teryn Gardner converted a 3-point play with 1 second left and the fourth-seeded Mead High School girls rallied in the fourth quarter to top second-seeded Arlington, 69-67, in the third/fifth-place game of the Class 3A Hardwood Classic on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Junior point guard Samara Morrow scored a game-high 21 points and added four assists and three steals for Arlington (22-4). Senior guard Jenna Villa posted a double-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, and senior guard Maddy Fischer added eight points and three assists.

Gardner, a junior guard, paced Mead (21-4) with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Miah Cyr hit four 3-pointers and scored 13 points, freshman guard Addison Wells Morrison added 11 points and senior guard Teayona Hoard chipped in eight points in three steals.

The Eagles led most of the way and held their biggest lead of the game at 63-47 in the fourth before the Panthers mounted their comeback. Mead shot 64% from the field (16-of-25) in the second half, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc.

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