Ilwaco clinched a 42-40 SWW 1A Trico Division victory over Columbia High here Monday when Vallori Crowston's contested jumper from just inside the free-throw line found the bottom of the net as time expired.
It was a stunning end to an important league game that Columbia led by seven points with just under four minutes to play.
But after Lacey Kruse's second of two free throws put CHS on top 38-31 (matching its largest lead), Ilwaco started chipping away and eventually tied the game at 40-all on Aimee Banuet's baseline runner with 42 seconds remaining.
Columbia, however, had a chance to retake the lead on its next possession. But after burning up more than 20 seconds, the Bruins turned the ball over to Ilwaco, which promptly called time out with five seconds left to set up a shot for the win.
Ilwaco inbounded the ball to Crowston without pressure and the 5-4 sophomore point guard did the rest, penetrating into the lane and getting off a shot over the defense of CHS's Laurel Huth.
With the basket, Ilwaco (10-5 overall) completed the first half of Trico Division play undefeated at 5-0.
Columbia, which started the game by hitting seven of its first nine shots and led 22-20 at halftime, dropped to 2-3 in league and 9-6 overall.
At Columbia High 55, Stevenson 38:
Last Thursday, three CHS players scored in double figures to help the Bruins pick up their second Trico Division victory.
Lacey Kruse led the way with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, Laurel Huth had 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Adrianne DeLay scored 12 points on a night the Bruins did most of their damage right around the basket. (Twenty-two of its 24 field goals came from inside the 3-point arc.)
Columbia increased a 15-8 first-quarter advantage to 32-19 by halftime and 44-26 after three quarters.
Michelle McMillen contributed six points and six rebounds to the winning cause and Taryn Struck came off the bench to provide nine points and five rebounds.
At Columbia High 46, Trout Lake/Glenwood 28:
On Jan. 20, Lacey Kruse had 19 points, 18 rebounds and seven steals in the Bruins' non-league victory over the Eagle Mustangs.
Kruse scored 13 of her points in the first half when Columbia mounted leads of 11-3 after one quarter and 24-9 by halftime.
Adrianne DeLay, who had seven points in the first half, finished with 10 and also passed for seven assists. Taryn Struck added 10 points.
For Trout Lake/Glenwood, Liz Vogt tallied 17 points and Katie Yarnell put in 11.