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Cleveland escapes Seattle Prep, 37-36 | Sea-King 3A Girls Basketball

Myzhanique Ladd hit two free throws with five seconds left to give the Eagles a victory and the Sea-King 3A District championship.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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BELLEVUE — It was not, by most measures, the best or prettiest game the Cleveland girls team has played this season. Then again, that doesn't really matter.

Cleveland's Myzhanique Ladd hit two free throws with five seconds left to give the Eagles a 37-36 win over Seattle Prep and the Sea-King 3A District girls basketball title Saturday night at Bellevue College.

"Ultimately, I think they really believed in their hearts that they are the champs," Cleveland coach Stephenie Wheeler-Smith said. "And that's how they were able to finish it."

No. 2 Cleveland (23-2) led by nine at halftime, but the Eagles scored just four points in the third quarter as No. 5 Prep (20-5) climbed back into the game. Mary Ann Santucci's three-pointer with 11 seconds left in the third gave Prep a 27-25 lead.

Cleveland and Prep traded leads in the fourth quarter. Michaela Carew hit two free throws with 13 seconds left that put Prep in front 37-36. But Ladd drove into the lane, was fouled and calmly made both her free throws with five seconds left.

"That was really clutch," Wheeler-Smith said. "I mean, that was good stuff."

Cleveland beat Prep for the third time this season, and the Eagles still haven't lost to an in-state opponent this season.

Makala Roper led Cleveland with 11 points while Ladd added nine, including five in the fourth quarter. Holly Tonry scored 13 for Prep.

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