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

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 Logann 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.

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