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Girls basketball: Late basket lifts Columbia River to pivotal win over Mark Morris

Basket by Gracie Glavin helps Rapids win 50-45

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: January 20, 2023, 10:21pm
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Columbia River forward Emma Iniguez tries to escape the defense of Mark Morris junior Charlie Blain in early game action at Mark Morris High School in Longview on Friday night. The Rapids won the 2A GSHLgirls basketball game by the score of 50-45.
Columbia River forward Emma Iniguez tries to escape the defense of Mark Morris junior Charlie Blain in early game action at Mark Morris High School in Longview on Friday night. The Rapids won the 2A GSHLgirls basketball game by the score of 50-45. (Rob Hilson/For The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Columbia River found freshman Gracie Glavin all alone under the basket for an easy transition score with 17 seconds left as the Rapids beat Mark Morris 50-45 in a key 2A Greater St. Helens League girls basketball game Friday in Longview.

Mark Morris’ Isabella Merzoian hit a 3-pointer to tie the game 45-45 with 26 seconds left.

The Rapids quickly pushed the ball upcourt and found Glavin open for the go-ahead basket.

Mark Morris never got another shot off as steals by Peyton Dukes and Paige Johnson led to three late free throws to seal the win for River.

Glavin led River with 13 points, and Emma Iniguez and Dukes added nine each.

Madison Noel led Mark Morris with 11 points.

River opened up a 44-36 lead to open the fourth quarter, but Mark Morris rallied to close within 44-42.

Glavin’s free throw with 1:33 left put River up 45-42. Mark Morris had opportunities to score, but could not convert until Merzoian’s corner 3 with 26 seconds left.

The win gave River (10-4, 10-1) a 1.5-game lead over second-place Woodland, and a two-game lead and a season sweep over Mark Morris (10-6, 6-3).

WASHOUGAL 63, HUDSON’S BAY 51 — Isabella Albaugh scored 34 points on 16-of-26 shooting and added six rebounds as the Panthers rolled to a 2A GSHL victory.

Chloe Johnson nearly posted a quadruple-double, finishing with 11 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists and eight steals.

Johnson set a school single-game assist record and set the career assists mark.

WOODLAND 63, FORT VANCOUVER 15 — Addi Stading scored 21 points and Riley Stading added 13 as the Beavers rolled past a Fort team playing without leading scorer Trian Clark.

Woodland (11-4, 8-2 2A GSHL) now faces a key battle for second place in the league against Mark Morris on Tuesday.

CAMAS 75, KELSO 25 — Addie Harris scored 21 of her 32 points in the first quarter as the Papermakers (14-2) topped visiting Kelso (6-9) in non-league action.

Harris also had 12 rebounds, six steals and four assists.

Kendall Bachelder added 11 points and four assists for Camas.

“The ball movement was really good, and this team is defined by their unselfish play. It’s beautiful to watch,” Camas coach Scott Thompson said.

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