Lake Stevens’ Nisa Ellis looks for an open teammate to pass to during the 4A girls state basketball game against Gonzaga Prep on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens’ Nisa Ellis looks for an open teammate to pass to during the 4A girls state basketball game against Gonzaga Prep on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens girls come up short against Gonzaga Prep

The Vikings’ playoff run ends with a 49-46 loss in the Class 4A Hardwood Classic’s round of 12.

TACOMA — The ninth-seeded Lake Stevens girls basketball team’s season ended Wednesday in a 49-46 loss to eighth-seeded Gonzaga Prep in the Class 4A Hardwood Classic round of 12.

Lake Stevens trailed 47-43 with less than 15 seconds remaining in the game when sophomore Tessa Anastasi made a 3-pointer to pull the Vikings within one point. Gonzaga Prep freshman Aylah Cornwall, who was a scoring threat all game, was fouled and made both free throws to spread the lead 49-46. Lake Stevens’ attempt at a 3-pointer to tie it was blocked.

“We battled, we fought and tried to do what we could to scrap back into the game,” Lake Stevens head coach Seth Dodge said. “We went through a spell where we couldn’t score the ball. (Gonzaga Prep is) a good team. They can finish around the rim really well. We just didn’t have enough in the tank tonight.”

Lake Stevens’ Noelani Tupua runs after the ball during the 4A girls state basketball game against Gonzaga Prep on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens’ Noelani Tupua runs after the ball during the 4A girls state basketball game against Gonzaga Prep on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The game was tight throughout the first half. Gonzaga Prep led 15-14 after a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer, and Lake Stevens took a 24-21 lead entering halftime. In the second half, the Bullpups clicked on both sides of the ball. Gonzaga Prep gained its biggest lead at 35-26 in the third quarter, and never trailed from there.

Gonzaga Prep kept a tight watch on Lake Stevens post Nisa Ellis and limited the senior to just two points. Meanwhile, 6-foot-3 Gonzaga Prep senior Gillian Bears dominated the paint and finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. The Vikings hoped to slow down the explosive Cornwall, but she tallied a game-high 18 points and had 12 rebounds and three assists.

“(Gonzaga Prep) kind of took us away with their length and how big they were. We know Nisa (Ellis) can score against the best of them, and it just didn’t work out,” Dodge said. “They were able to get their hand around her where we wanted to make passes. We wanted to play inside out, which we did at times. We took a couple questionable shots or didn’t move the ball enough when we needed to. But, we did a lot of good things. I’m proud of these girls.”

Freshman Noelani Tupua paced Lake Stevens with a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds, and senior Kamryn Wenz contributed eight points and seven rebounds.

“I love the group I got to coach this year,” Dodge said. “The biggest thing is for us to know that we did it together. That was our word all year is doing it together.”

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Sports

Shorewood’s Netan Ghebreamlak prepares to take a shot as Edmonds-Woodway’s Kincaid Sund defends in the Warriors’ 2-1 victory Wednesday night at Shoreline Stadium. (Aaron Coe / The Herald)
E-W weathers Shorewood’s storm in battle of soccer unbeatens

Alex Plumis’ 72nd-minute goal completed the comeback as the Warriors topped the Stormrays.

Seattle Seahawks new NFL football head coach Mike Macdonald speaks during an introductory press conference, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
New coach Macdonald wants his Seahawks to forge own legacy

The pictures of iconic moments from the Pete Carroll era have been removed from Seattle’s training facility.

X
Prep roundup for Wednesday, April 17

Prep roundup for Wednesday, April 17: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Glacier Peak’s Karsten Sweum (10) celebrates after a run during a baseball game between Jackson and Glacier Peak at Glacier Peak High School on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 in Snohomish, Washington. Glacier Peak won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Glacier Peak baseball blanks Jackson, 3-0

Karsten Sweum’s home run and 14 strikeouts helps the Grizzlies past the Timberwolves.

The Winnipeg Jets’ Nikolaj Ehlers (27) scores on Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) during the second period of their game Tuesday in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)
Kraken need to consider effort levels when building roster

With a playoff-less season winding down, Seattle’s players are auditioning for next season.

The Herald's Athlete of the Week poll.
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for April 8-14

The Athlete of the Week nominees for April 8-14. Voting closes at… Continue reading

X
Prep roundup for Tuesday, April 16

Prep roundup for Tuesday, April 16: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Archbishop Murphy players celebrate during a boys soccer game between Archbishop Murphy and Arlington at Arlington High School on Monday, April 15, 2024 in Arlington, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Archbishop Murphy routs Arlington 7-0 in boys soccer

Gabe Herrera scores a hat trick, and Zach Mohr contributes two goals for the Wildcats.

Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson, top, forces out the Seattle Mariners’ Jorge Polanco (7) at second base and makes the throw to first for the double play against Mariners’ Ty France to end the eighth inning of Sunday’s game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
Hitting woes plague Mariners again in series loss to Cubs

Seattle ended the weekend 6-10, and the offense has been the main culprit.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith may have been a Pro Bowler, but should Seattle consider prioritizing a quarterback in the NFL draft? (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Should Seahawks prioritize quarterback in draft?

A challenger to Geno Smith is something worth considering for Seattle.

X
Prep roundup for Monday, April 15

Prep roundup for Monday, April 15: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Snohomish's Morgan Gibson returns the ball in her match against Stanwood's Ryann Reep on Friday, April 12, 2024 in Snohomish, Washington. Gibson lost the first set 4-6 but rallied back to win 6-2 in the second and 6-0 in the third. The Panthers bested the Spartans 5-2. (Taras McCurdie / The Herald)
Snohomish girls tennis bests Stanwood, 5-2

Panthers sweep singles, Spartans win first and second doubles

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.