Grizzlies pull out double OT victory in state opener | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Mar 04, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Sophomore Aaliyah Collins scored a game-high 20 points to help lead Glacier Peak to a 58-49 victory over Chiawana in double overtime.

If the Glacier Peak girls basketball team was a cat, then the Grizzlies used two of their nine lives in their 4A state girls basketball tournament opener.

Glacier Peak first somehow overcame a 6-point deficit with just over a minute left in regulation to force overtime against Chiawana.

Senior Haley Grambo then scored a putback basket at the buzzer to send the game into a second overtime where Glacier Peak pulled away from the Riverhawks for a 58-49 victory in a loser-out contest Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Tacoma Dome.

“It was a rollercoaster of a ride for sure,” Glacier Peak coach Brian Hill said. “But they just kept battling hard.”

Four straight free throws by Macey Morales and Alyssa Agundis gave Chiawana a 39-33 lead with 1:01 left in the game.

Two free throws by Glacier Peak’s Maya Erling and a basket by Sydney Guffey cut the deficit to 39-37 when the Riverhawks had an opportunity to extend their lead with 25.6 seconds remaining. But Chiawana missed two critical free throws and sophomore Aaliyah Collins scored a game-tying lay-up with 18 seconds to go.

Neither team executed well on the offensive end as turnovers seemed to lead to more turnovers.

“We force teams into making mistakes,” Hill said. “Unfortunately, we had a ton of mistakes too. 33 turnovers. They had 36. We forced them into those 36 turnovers and we forced ourselves into those 33 turnovers. … We were able to force a couple of turnovers on them at a critical time and we were able to capitalize and score to keep that game going.”

The Riverhawks took a 45-41 lead with 1:45 remaining in the first overtime before Collins hit a 2-point shot and made two free throws to tie the score at 45. Chiawana then took a 47-45 lead on a basket by Delaney Pink.

The Grizzlies appeared headed for defeat when they missed a shot. But the ball bounced out to Grambo and a Chiawana player.

“We got the shot up and I saw it go off the rim and I looked at the clock,” Hill said. “This might be it and then Haley and this other girl had to battle for it. She just ripped it from her it was one of those she wanted it more, ripped it from her and put it up and it rattled in. Are you kidding me? We’re still going. Second life. That was incredible.”

Glacier Peak, the No. 5 seed, made 11 of 12 free throws in the second overtime period, while the Riverhawks, the No. 12 seed, missed all of their field goal attempts and only scored two points on a pair of free throws.

“Both teams started off pretty slow,” Hill said. “But the intensity kind of picked up. What a battle. What a great game.”

Collins led the Grizzlies with 20 points and made 10 of 10 free throws.

“We needed every single one of them,” Hill said. “Collins came up huge down the stretch for us.”

Glacier Peak was scheduled to face Lewis and Clark in a quarterfinal game on Thursday, Feb. 28, after the Beacon’s deadline.

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