YAKIMA — Tyler Linhardt of King’s made a leaning jump shot in the lane with 1.8 seconds remaining in overtime, and Seattle Academy’s ensuing halfcourt prayer caromed off the backboard as the No. 14 Knights continued their magical run at the 1A boys Hardwood Classic with a 68-66 semifinal win over the top-seeded Cardinals.
Linhardt had a chance to salt the game away for King’s (18-10) in regulation, but missed two free throws with 6.9 remaining and the Knights up 54-51.
Seattle Academy’s Leo DeBruhl forced overtime by draining a step-back 3-pointer over Linhardt at the regulation buzzer.
King’s will face No. 6 Lynden Christian in Saturday’s title game in a rematch of the 1A Northwest District championship, which the Knights won 69-57. Lynden Christian beat La Salle 71-58 in the Friday’s other semifinal.
Linhardt scored 22 points on 6-for-18 shooting from the field to lead King’s, and was aided by 13 points apiece off the bench from Will Pohland and Jaron Hansen.
DeBruhl led all scorers with 27 points for Seattle Academy (24-3).
Annie Wright 61, King’s 58
YAKIMA — Julianna Walker sank a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to eliminate the Knights in a consolation game Friday at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
With .4 remaining on the clock, Walker collected a rolling inbounds pass off the floor and heaved it toward the basket in one motion. It swished through the net, sending the seventh-seeded Gators (19-7) to Saturday’s state title game and negating a comeback attempt by King’s (19-10), which trailed 47-38 after three quarters.
Walker scored 37 points in the game, and tied her own state tournament record, set last season, with eight made 3-pointers.
Claire Gallagher scored 14 points for the Knights to lead four double-digit scorers.
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Wilson 75, Marysville Pilchuck 66
TACOMA — The second-seeded Rams took control of a loser-out consolation game against the No. 3 Tomahawks with a 25-11 third quarter Friday and ended MP’s stay at the Tacoma Dome.
Cameron Stordahl led all scorers with 20 points of 6-of-23 shooting from the field for Marysville Pilchuck (22-5), and Aaron Kalab tacked on 17 points.
Dominique Ellison led Wilson (22-4) with 15 points off the bench, and Jackson Dorsey and Malik Howard added 14 apiece. The Rams shot 61.5% from the field in the second half and 52.7% for the game.
In the defeat, Marysville Pilchuck set a 3A state tournament record by attempting 36 3-pointers — making 11 — topping the mark of 35 set by Mount Vernon in a game against Olympia in 1993.
Bethel 40, Shorecrest 30
TACOMA — The fifth-seeded Scots shot just 15.1% from the field (8-for-53) in a loser-out consolation game against the No. 2 Braves, who pulled away in the second half for the win Friday at the Tacoma Dome.
Leila Hosn, Amanda Lee and Kiana Lino scored eight points apiece for Shorecrest (22-5), and Sydney VanNess added six to account for all of the Scots’ scoring.
Bethel (24-2) also had just four players score in the game. Tianna Brown scored 20 and added 15 rebounds, Esmeralda Morales added 10 and Amanda Wilkins and Passion Johnson each chipped in five.