It’s a pretty big deal when you get to cheer on one of your children playing in a state championship game.
It’s an even bigger deal when you have two children playing for a state championship — on the same day, for different schools.
Such is the case for Gonzaga men’s basketball assistant coach Tommy Lloyd and his wife Chanelle. Their son, Liam, is a junior shooting guard playing for Gonzaga Prep and was instrumental in helping the Bullpups advance to Saturday’s 4A boys state championship game. Liam led Gonzaga Prep with 22 points in their semifinal victory, including 12 in an explosive first quarter. They will play Mount Si for the 4A boys title at 9 p.m.
Their daughter, Sofia, is a freshman shooter for Lewis & Clark. The Tigers put on an impressive shooting display Friday, hitting 10 3-pointers in a 64-56 semifinal win over Kentridge. They will play Eastlake for the 4A girls state championship on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Liam and Sofia have been able to catch bits and pieces of each other’s games while in Tacoma. Tommy has been busy getting Gonzaga ready for its regular season finale against Saint Mary’s and couldn’t make it to the Tacoma Dome. He said his wife, Chanelle, has kept him in the loop. He’s also followed the games closely both on Scorebook Live and the NFHS network’s video stream.