With Ilwaco down by two, Erika Glenn stole a sideline inbound pass and got the ball to an open Eliza Bannister. Bannister evaluated her options, dribbled left, pulled up and hit a three with 6.8 seconds remaining. It was the winning shot, capping Ilwaco’s comeback from down 10 with under four minutes to go and beat Central League superpower Napavine 49-48.
Napavine started the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run to lead 43-33, but star Melissa Lee fouled out during that stretch. Ebby McMullen’s tough shot from the top of the key started Ilwaco’s comeback. McMullen followed with a diving save of an offensive rebound and a pass to Glenn, who nailed a huge three to cut it to 43-38 with 2:48. McMullen preserved another offensive rebound on the next possession, leading to a wide-open Bannister three on a baseline inbounds play, cutting the lead to two.
After a Mollie Olson three-point play pushed the Tigers’ lead back to five, Glenn buried another three with 1:47 left. Bannister fouled Olson going for a steal, but Olson missed the front end, giving Ilwaco a chance to tie. Glenn drove into the paint and found Madeline Jacobson open from about 12 feet for a bank shot with 1:17 remaining.
Olson gave Napavine a 48-46 lead with 28 seconds left, scoring in transition after Makenzie Kaech missed a fast-break shot off a steal. Glenn then turned it over with 15.1 seconds left, and Ilwaco’s chances were again slipping away. But frenetic Ilwaco pressure against the sideline inbounds pass forced two stright Tiger timeouts, as nobody could get open to receive a pass. On the third try, Erika Glenn pounced on the pass, dived on the floor and got it to Bannister, who added another clutch three-point shot to her resume.