Freshman sensation Josie Matz pulled another clutch performance out of the hat, leading and pushing the Wilson Lady Rams to a 58-33 victory over Mercer Island on Thursday night at the Tacoma Dome. The Lady Rams (20-5) move on to play Bishop Blanchet (21-4) at 9 p.m. Friday night in the semifinals of the 3A State Hardwood Classic.
Matz finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals after a first-half struggle where she could only muster four points. Luckily, Wilson owned a 22-12 halftime lead in a game where Mercer Island never led.
Mercer Island (17-9) ended the game converting an abysmal 12.7 percent of their shots in the face of stiff Wilson defensive pressure. Wilson out rebounded the Islanders 63-40, led by Violet Morrow’s massive 18 rebounds to go along with nine points. Tyra Foster added another 11 rebounds and seven points.
WILSON: Josie Matz 25, Kiki Knox 10, Violet Morrow 9, Tyra Foster 7, Amanda Darden 6, Aujanique Doss 1, Paige Costello, Kiara McMillan, Kalayah DeGregory, Jalani Thompson, Desiree Ayler, Rache’ Dixon.
MERCER ISLAND: Jessica Blakeslee 11, Julia Blumenstein 8, Kailee Yan 3, Taylor Krause 3, Anna Luce 3, Suri Johnson 2, Renae Tessem 2, Arianna Moscatel 1