Sunday, February 28, 2016
|#40 Uju Chibuogwu at Hoopapalooza in January|
Photo by Geoff Vlcek
By Frank Workman
You'll be forgiven for thinking the Shorecrest girls basketball team listened to an endless loop of 'Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better' on their bus ride Saturday afternoon, on their way to their Regional game in Puyallup to face Franklin Pierce.
After the boys' team qualified for the 2A State Tournament the night before by eking out a close overtime win against Steilacoom, the girls matched the boys' feat (and then some) by swamping the Cardinals 59-24.
After trailing 5-2 early, the Scots went on an amazing 30-2 run, taking a 34-9 lead into the half. In the second half, the Scots' lead reached 40 points, automatically kicking in the WIAA's running-clock rule.
Senior Uju Chibuogwu scored 14 points, with 10 assists and 15 rebounds to lead the way. Jazlyn Owens scored 12 points, and Sheridan Stephenson, playing her best game of the year, added ten, as well as providing outstanding defense against FP's top scorer, Alexius Foster, holding her to only 6 points.
Shorecrest 14 20 21 4 —59
Franklin Pierce 5 4 8 7 —24
The WIAA conducted a drawing Sunday afternoon to determine the match-ups for the 2A State Tournament that starts Thursday morning in Yakima, and the girls won't have a lot of time Thursday to stew about the game as they kick off the festivities with the early game, 9am, against Washougal.
The boys open Thursday night against River Ridge. Game time is 7:15pm.