By Meg Wochnick
YAKIMA -- Normally a calm and collected player at the free throw line, Jazzlynn Brewster was nervous.
It was a one-point game with 7.3 seconds left in River Ridges 2A girls state quarterfinal game Thursday night against Burlington-Edison at the Yakima Valley SunDome. She was nervous all game and its understandable; this is the juniors her first state tournament game.
So when she had a one-and-one opportunity at the line after being fouled with two free throws likely sealing the victory with the Hawks up by one, the butterflies began to rattle more.
I was at the free throw line, and I was like, dang it, Brewster said. My free throw werent on all game.
First one good.
Second one good to seal the Hawks 46-44 victory over Burlington-Edison.
A late-game free throw by B-Es Ellary Torset with 0:06 left on the clock didnt matter, as the Hawks celebrated their spot in todays 9 p.m. semifinal against a familiar foe -- District IV rival and top-ranked Mark Morris, which defeated West Valley of Spokane in its state quarterfinal game. The team is also guaranteed a state trophy for the first time since 2011. There are few players Hawks coach Jackie Robinson would want more at the free-throw line than Brewster when the game is on the line.
I trust her, Robinson said.
In a back and forth game that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes, it was Burlington-Edison that took the lead at 43-42 with a putback by Torset, who finished with 11 points. That didnt deter the Hawks, who despite turning it over on the next possession because of the Tigers press, got a much-needed bucket when Brewsters layin with 28.2 seconds put the Hawks in front against at 44-43. Brewster scored the teams final four points, as she, along with freshman Makenna Schultz, finished with 12 points. Savannah McGill did her usual damage on the glass, collecting 10 rebounds along with eight points and Catriece Baker came off the bench and had seven points.
The Hawks got 15 of their points from five 3-pointers and a momentum-shifting 3 from Morgan Bernethy inside 3 minutes left in the game put River Ridge (20-5) up 42-39.
With W.F. Wests 36-18 victory over Cedarcrest in Thursdays earlier state quarterfinal game, that means half of todays semifinal field is made up of 2A Evergreen Conference teams.