Luce and the Islanders (21-6) rid themselves of any doubt, and it has led the team to the Class 3A girls state basketball tournament
You can’t call this a breakout year for Anna Luce.
The Mercer Island center reset the school’s record book last year, surpassing achievements from the 1990s like most rebounds in a single game (21) and career scoring. Luce, a 6-foot-2 senior, has totaled 1,614 points to date, which is also more than the school’s boys record set by Terik Brown in 1995 of 1,533.
But when it comes to confidence? Luce and the Islanders (21-6) rid themselves of any doubt, and it has led the team to the Class 3A girls state basketball tournament. Mercer Island, seeded eighth, plays a loser-out game Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome.
Class 3A state girls
When: Wednesday through Saturday
Where: Tacoma Dome.
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Top story lines: Bishop Blanchet suffered its first loss of the season to Mercer Island, 50-44, in district play. … Defending champion Bellevue is seeded fourth. The Wolverines won their state tournament games by an average of 26 points last year. … Kamiakin is making its seventh straight state appearance and is on a 15-game winning streak.
Top players: C Anna Luce 6-2, Mercer Island; F Jadyn Bush 6-0, Bishop Blanchet; F Kaitlin Larson 5-11, Stanwood; G Jazz Gayles 5-8, West Seattle; F Kyra Beckman 6-1, Snohomish; G Ann-Marie Jacobs 6-0, Bellevue.
Favorites: No. 1 seed Bishop Blanchet, No. 4 seed Bellevue, No. 11 seed West Seattle.
Last: Anna Luce and Jadyn Bush will play against each other regularly as part of the Ivy League. Luce is headed to Dartmouth while Bush will play for Harvard.
“She decided to start taking over games and she’ll put us on her back,” said second-year Islanders coach Gillian d’Hondt. “But we’re getting all of the girls to be more aggressive…