Bellevue girls fifth at Hardwood Classic | Prep basketball news

Bellevue's Shelby Cansler battles with a Glacier Peak player during the Wolverines' win.
— image credit: Josh Suman, Bellevue Reporter

Bellevue ended the season as the fifth-place team in Class 3A and a 1-2 record at the Hardwood Classic in the Tacoma Dome after a 51-30 loss to Wilson in the third-place game on Saturday a day after falling to Cleveland in the semi-final round 52-43.

The Wolverines led by a pair at the half and pushed the lead to as many as six on a Kate Holmes three-pointer midway through the third quarter. But the Eagles pulled within a bucket heading into the fourth quarter and used a 12-4 run to take control of the final period and leave with the win.

Shelby Cansler led the way for Bellevue on the offensive end with 16 points and Kate Holmes added 10 more.

Mandy Steward scored a game high 14 points and freshman guard Tatiana Struen added 12 more in Thursday's win over Glacier Peak.

The Wolverines, as they did in a regional round win over defending state champion Prairie, pulled away with a late run scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter to build the final margin in that one. Cansler added eight points for Bellevue in the win and point guard Erin McGowan finished with seven.

Cleveland went on to defeat Seattle Prep 45-35 for the state title.

Bellevue's Mandy Steward goes to the bucket between a pair of GP defenders. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER



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