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Emerald Ridge notches early-season 4A SPSL road victory over Bellarmine Prep, 53-52

Ninth grader Ryah McGriff makes her only bucket the game winner for the No. 3 Jaguars with eight seconds to go in Tacoma in win over No. 4 Lions

TACOMA - Newcomer Ryah McGriff made sure her only field goal meant something Thursday night in a matchup of top-five programs from the 4A SPSL.

McGriff, a ninth grader, scored on a layup on a feed from Maya Barnett with eight seconds to go, lifting third-ranked Emerald Ridge to a 53-52 victory over No. 4 Bellarmine Prep.

Keiara Curtis had a chance to win it for the Lions as she drove nearly the length of the court to get off a good look on a 10-foot floater, which circled the rim and came out at the buzzer.

Curtis had given Bellarmine Prep its final lead - 52-51 - on her interior basket with 28 seconds remaining.

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Marecia Barnett led the Jaguars with 13 points. Jada Travis led all scorers for Bellarmine Prep with 15 points.