TACOMA, Wash (AP) -- Sydney Emory's 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left capped a big comeback Friday as Central Valley rallied to beat Mount Rainier 42-40 in a semifinal game at the state 4A girls basketball tournament.

The Bears (22-3), who were last in the tournament in 2004, will play for their fourth state title on Saturday. Central Valley trailed Mount Rainier (19-11) by as many as 11 points before rallying.

Central Valley didn't have any players in double-figures but was led by the nine points, 15 rebounds and three steals of freshman post Madison Hovren. Emory finished with eight points, six on 3-pointers.

Mount Rainier got a big game from forward Brittany McPhee, who scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to go with three blocked shots. Kiana Gandy added eight points and six rebounds. The Rams were looking to play in their first title game.


Estey 7, Gallaway 5, Cunningham 6, Fitting 7, Hovren 9, Lee-Nauta, Emory 8, Barnhart. Totals 14-60 9-13 42.


J. McPhee 8, Guillot 5, B. McPhee 17, Mitchell 2, Gandy 8, Ajah Piper, Fiso. Totals 16-38 7-12 40.

Central Valley 7 16 9 10 42

Mount Rainier 15 13 4 8 40

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