Brianna Salberg’s 3-pointer with just more than a minute remaining gave Kelso the lead for good.
It also gave Salberg, a senior, a 3-pointer for her personal boxscore.
“It’s my first 3 of the season, the first 3 of my career, actually,” she said. “I don’t like to shoot. That was awesome for me.”
For Kelso, too.
The Hilanders rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Mountain View 60-57 in the semifinals of the Class 3A District 4 girls basketball tournament.
Kelso will face No. 1 seed Prairie in Friday night’s championship game at Columbia River High School. Mountain View finished third in this tournament and will advance to the bi-district next week.
The Thunder will have to forget about this one that got away from them.
Mountain View’s Carly Holboke scored 15 of her 22 points in the second half, but she fouled out with 2:38 left in the game. Holboke also shined on defense, with six steals.
Without her on the court, Kelso would outscore Mountain View 12-4 to close out the game. Kelso beat the Thunder 26-13 in the final quarter.
Jamilee Iddings made two 3-pointers in that final stretch for Kelso and finished with a team-high 17 points. Sierra Richards had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Hilanders. Salberg, the one who does not like to shoot, was 4 of 5 from the floor for 10 points.
“That was my best game of the year. This made every line we ever ran worth it,” she said.
Emma DuChesne had 13 points for Mountain View. Bailey Gaspar added 10.
KELSO 60, MOUNTAIN VIEW 57
Kelso – Brianna Salberg 10, Kailynn Rae 6, Taylor Flick 5, Brianna Sorensen 2, Kady Bruce 0, Loryn Musgrove 5, Sara Peterson 0, Jamilee Iddings 17, Kalena Gustin 0, Sierra Richards 15. Totals 21-54 (6-23) 12-24 60.
Mountain View – Carly Holboke 22, Raina Shadle 2, Emma DuChesne 13, Bailey Gaspar 10, Bailey Lindsley 4, Amica Cranston 4, Sarah Pongon 2. Totals 21-56 (5-18) 10-17 57.
Kelso 7 11 16 26—60
Mtn. View 10 15 19 13—57