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The final game of the Elite 8 round featured the Skagit Valley Cardinals, and the Hawks of Columbia Basin. 

Both teams came off of double digit wins the night prior and both were looking for their first Final 4 appearance since Columbia Basin won the Title back in 2014. 

Skagit set the tone early scoring the game’s first six points and went into the first quarter break with a 19-14 lead, but the Hawks kept it close matching Skagit Valley in nearly every major stat category except total points.  The Cardinals took a 32-29 lead at half. 

Skagit would continue to keep a narrow lead until CBC tied it up early in the 4th quarter for the first time since it was 0-0.  From then it would be a see-saw battle with both teams hitting big shot after big shot. 

In the end it would be Skagit Valley that would prevail, 65-58.

Deidra Miller led the Cardinals with 14 points, 4 of those points coming from two big shots on back to back possessions to break a 56-56 tie.  Emily Yost added 12 and Adiya Jones-Smith put in 13.

Cayla Jones and Alexcis Higginbotham each added 18 and 17 respectively for the Hawks.

Skagit Valley advances to the Final Four for the first time since 2009 and will face Walla Walla at 4pm on Saturday, March 18.

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In the third game of the Elite 8 of the NWAC Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament the Walla Walla Warriors defeated the Lower Columbia Red Devils 63-57. In a tough hard fought defensive first quarter saw both teams shooting less than 29%, the Warriors.  LCC struggled in the first quarter as they did not score in the last 3 minutes. 

The Red Devils hit their first three shots to take the lead early in the second quarter and held on for a two-point half time lead 21-19. 

The second quarter saw much of the same defensive intensity with contested shots and teams continuing to struggle offensively as the Warriors shoot 31% for the half and the Red Devils shooting 27% for the half.  The teams were a combined 3 of 18 from the 3-point line.   LCC did not get to the free throw line in the first half.

The Warriors answered the bell in the 3rd quarter by taking the lead on an 11-0 run all done by Cierra Jo McKeown.  The Red Devils battled back to the lead late in the 3rd quarter on 5 straight points by Faye Chartraw. 

The Warriors responded right back with 8-2 run to take the lead into the 4th quarter 38-36.  The first three quarters saw 6 lead changes and 7 ties.

The 4th quarter started as it ended with the Warriors extending the lead to five on solid offensive execution and untimely unforced turnovers by the Red Devils.   But here came the Red Devils tying the score on a 6-0 run at the 6:03 mark. 

The teams exchanged leads midway through the final quarter until the Warriors built a 6-point lead helped by the second foul Red Devil foul of a 3 point shot attempt.  LCC then cut the lead with outstandng post play from Madison Lord and a big three-point basket by Madison Hinrichs. 

In the final 3 minutes the Walla Walla Warriors executed their offense extremely well and hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.  

WWCC were led by standout guard Cierra Jo McKeown 29 points and followed by Cheyan James with 11.

LCC was paced by Madison Hinrichs with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and Madison Lord had 19 points, 6 rebounds with Faye Chartraw adding another 13 points.

The Warriors punched their ticket to next week’s NWAC Final Four and await the winner of the Columbia Basin vs. Skagit Valley winner.

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Game 2 of today’s Elite 8 match up featured the Sasquatch from the Community Colleges of Spokane and the Bulldogs of Bellevue College. 

The Sasquatch defeated the Bulldogs 76-62 behind a record setting performance by Bri King with 46 points.

The first half saw Spokane take an early led only to see the Bulldogs make a run that was answered by the Spokane who took a 32-29 lead into locker room.   

CCS was paced by King with 16 points and the Bulldogs were paced by the inside play of freshman Brenda Akoto with 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting. Bellevue shot 17% from the 3-point line whereas the Sasquatch shot 60% from the arc.

The Sasquatch started the third quarter behind the hot shooting of King who hit four 3 pointers and scored 15 points in less than 5 minutes giving Spokane a 12-point lead midway through the third quarter.  

Bellevue cut the lead down to 6, but Spokane put on another spurt to close the quarter leading 60-46.  King scored 20 points in the third quarter alone.

Bellevue had three players in double digit scoring led by Molly Dixon and Brenda Akoto with 13.

Along with King, leading the way for Spokane was Cali Moscrip with 8 points and Katlyn Ward with 10 rebounds.

King’s 46 points broke the Community Colleges of Spokane school record of most individual points in a game and broke the NWAC Tournament record for most individual points in a game.  She also set the NWAC Tournament record for most points in a quarter with 20 points.

The Sasquatch punched their ticket to the NWAC Final Four next week and they will take on the #1 ranked Umpqua Community College Riverhawks Saturday, March 18, 2pm, at Everett Community College.

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In the first quarter of today’s Elite 8 game, number one ranked Umpqua Community College Riverhawks jumped out to a 23-8 first quarter lead and never looked back winning  85-58 over the Peninsula College Pirates.   

With their transition game going and a concerted effort to go inside to post Dajanay Powell, UCC led at the half 49-17 with much of that coming on a 21-2 run.   

Powell had 15 points and 10 rebounds as UCC shot 48% from the floor in the first-half.

The second half saw much of the same as the Pirates had no match defensively for Powell.  In fact, Powell, Jordan Stotler and Bria Thames each finished with double doubles.  The three combined for 72 points and 43 rebounds.

Stotler, the 6'4" freshman forward also added a game highs of 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocks. 

The Pirates were led by Taisha Thomas with 17 points and Jenise McKnight 14 points.

UCC punches their ticket to next week’s Final Four at Everett Community College and will play the winner from the Lower Columbia College vs Walla Walla Community College game.

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