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By David Pan
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Glacier Peak edges Union for third place | Girls basketball


Last updated 3/20/2020 at 11:02am

David R Pan

Glacier Peak's Maya Erling attempts a shot against Union on Saturday, March 7.

Glacier Peak hit the reset button after a tough loss in the state semifinals.

Junior Maya Erling scored a game-high 16 points and junior Aaliyah Collins added 12 to lead the Grizzlies to a 47-45 victory over Union in the third/fifth place game at the 4A state girls basketball tournament Saturday, March 7, in the Tacoma Dome.

Collins said that she and her teammates were determined to rebound after a 63-41 loss to top-seeded Woodinville in Friday's semifinals.

"We were definitely devastated about last night," Collins said. "But literally right after that, we all said that we need to end this season a good note for our seniors. We tried our hardest to come back."

The third-place trophy will be placed next to last year's fourth-place trophy, an achievement not lost on Erling.

"It's amazing to put two trophies in the case two years in a row," she said. "It's not a very common thing."

Glacier Peak junior center Madison Rubino blocked a potential game-tying shot as time was winding down in the fourth quarter.

Grizzlies coach Brian Hill and Rubino chatted before Saturday's game.

"We need you," Hill told Rubino. "She had a knockout game. She was fantastic."

Rubino scored 9 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, 10 on the defensive end.

Glacier Peak (23-5) led by 10 points early in the fourth quarter before Union came storming back. The Titans eventually tied the score at 42.

"We settled for outside shots instead of going hard to the rim," Hill said. "We had to get back into this attack mode. ... We hit some big free throws down the stretch."

Two free throws by Erling gave Glacier Peak a 46-44 lead with a minute to go. The Titans made one of two free throws to cut the Grizzlies' advantage to 46-45 with 39.4 seconds left. Waldal then connected on 1 of 2 free throws with 18.5 remaining.

Union defeated Glacier Peak 59-45 in a mid-December matchup. Avenging that loss provided added motivation for the Grizzlies.

"We came out with that fire," Erling said. "The fuel really burned tonight."


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