TACOMA — The 3A/4A Washington high school girls basketball state tournament began on Wednesday with eight teams playing in loser-out games.
The 4A girls games take place in the morning, 3A in the afternoon.
Here is a breakdown of each game, statistical leaders, top highlights and photos:
FINAL: NO. 6 GLACIER PEAK 62 VS. NO. 4 CHIAWANA 57
UP NEXT: Winner plays the winner of Todd Beamer/Woodinville at 3:45 p.m. Friday in the semifinals; Loser drops to 4th place consolation playoff at 9 a.m. Friday.
What made the difference?
Glacier Peak already presents an imposing defense. Combine that with a blistering shooting performance, and the Grizzlies are tough to beat. They hit 11 3s â€” six of them came from Malia Smith, who hit 6 of her 10 attempts â€” and they shot 52.4 percent from deep as a team. That was tough to catch up with. Even as Chiawana pulled within as few as three in the fourth quarter, it seemed Glacier Peak always had an answer. And Aaliyah Collins’ tight mark on five-star guard Talia Von Oelhoffen.
Players of the game
Maya Earling, Glacier Peak
Scored a game-high 23 points, dished out six assists and hit three of the team’s 11 3.
Kylie Thorne, Chiawana
Scored a team-high 18 points on 8 of 13 shooting, and pulled down eight boards
HALFTIME: NO. 2 TODD BEAMER 25, NO. 1 WOODINVILLE 24
AT STAKE: Winner plays Glacier Peak/Chiawana winner at 3:45 p.m. in the semifinals; loser drops to play the Chiawana/Glacier Peak loser in a 4th place playoff at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
NO. 12 ISSAQUAH (20-9) VS. NO. 3 CENTRAL VALLEY (20-3) , 12:15 P.M.
AT STAKE: Winner plays the winner of Moses Lake/Union in Friday’s semifinals at 5:30 p.m.; loser drops to a 4th place playoff against the loser of the same game.
NO. 9 MOSES LAKE (20-3) VS. NO. 7 UNION (20-5), 2 P.M.
AT STAKE: Winner plays Central Valley/Issaquah winner at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals; loser drops to 4th place playoff against CV/Issaquah loser.
NO. 6 LAKE WASHINGTON (20-6) VS. NO. 4 MT. SPOKANE (19-3), 3:45 P.M.
AT STAKE: Winner plays Seattle Prep/Eastside Catholic winner in the semifinals at 7:15 p.m. Friday.
NO. 10 SEATTLE PREP (21-8) VS. NO. 1 EASTSIDE CATHOLIC (25-1), 5:30 P.M.
AT STAKE: Winner plays the Lake Washington/Mt. Spokane winner in the semifinals Friday at 7:15 p.m.
NO. 5 SHORECREST (22-3) VS. NO. 3 ARLINGTON (22-2), 7:15 P.M.
AT STAKE: Winner plays Garfield/Bethel winner in the semifinals Friday at 9 p.m.
NO. 9 GARFIELD (20-7) VS. NO. 2 BETHEL (23-1), 9 P.M.
AT STAKE: Winner faces Shorecrest/Arlington winner in the semifinals Friday at 9 p.m.