2A GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL: Port Angeles loses heartbreaker to Lynden 53-52
By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News
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Lynden freshman Elisa Kooiman pulled the Lions within one point with 9.6 seconds to go, hitting her first of two free-throw attempts to make it 52-51 Port Angeles.
She missed her second free throw but Lynden rebounded the ball and looked to go inside for a last-shot opportunity.
A Lions entry pass drew a crowd from both teams and with Lynden in the double bonus, Port Angeles' Kylee Jeffers was whistled for a loose-ball foul, sending senior Ashlyn Morgan to the line.
Morgan knocked down two pressure-packed free throws with 3.3 seconds left and Port Angeles was unable to get off an attempt with their final possession.
The Roughriders defense carried them to a 26-13 halftime lead and a 41-29 lead entering the fourth quarter but the Lions, perennial state tormentors of Port Angeles, mounted a late comeback thanks mainly to the efforts of freshman standout Kooiman.
Kooiman was able to work her way down low for most of her 21 second-half points, taking advantage of the Riders foul trouble for buckets and plus-one opportunities at the line.
Morgan hit for 15 points for Lynden, including a perfect 9 of 9 from the free-throw line.
Krista Johnson led Port Angeles with 21 points, knocking down 4 of 9 3-point shots and swiping three steals.
Maddy Hinrichs finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Port Angeles.
The Roughriders will face East Valley of Spokane in a loser-out contest at 9 a.m. Friday.
The winner will play for fourth and sixth place at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Last modified: March 06. 2014 1:13PM