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Lane 83, Skagit Valley 43 stats

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Taeli Carrillo made seven 3-point field goals and scored 24 points as Lane defeated Skagit Valley 83-43 in Game 8 of the 2018 NWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The Titans, 23-6, will face Walla Walla Friday at 8 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Skagit Valley’s season comes to an end with a record of 13-15.

Leading 14-12 after one quarter, Carrillo made three 3-pointers to help the Titans to a 32-21 halftime lead. Lane closed out the half on a 10-0 run and then scored the first eight points of the third quarter to go up 40-21.

Skagit Valley’s Nani Garner ended a 7-minute, 5-second drought for the Cardinals with a 3-pointer with 7:30 left in the third quarter, but by then it was 40-24, and the Titans slowly pulled away for the victory.

Joining Carrillo in double figures for Lane was Sarah Hall with 17 points and Rachel Fielder with 13.

Nani Garner led Skagit Valley with 13 points.

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Walla Walla 78, Highline 37- stats

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Five Warriors scored in double figures as second-ranked Walla Walla won its 27th straight game, 78-37 over Highline in Game 7 of the 2018 NWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Walla Walla, 28-1, broke a 4-4 tie with an 11-0 run in the first quarter and was never seriously threatened. The Warriors move into the quarterfinals where they will face the winner of Lane-Skagit Valley Friday at 8 p.m. Highline’s season ends with a record of 11-17.

After leading 21-8 after one quarter, the Warriors scored the first seven points of the second quarter and led at halftime 39-22. In the third quarter, Walla Walla outscored the Thunderbirds 23-5 to put the game away.

Jade Skidmore led a balanced Warrior attack with 18 points, and she was followed by Cierra Jo McKeown with 17, Teresa Acock with 13, Adrianna Peralez with 12 and Taylor Turner with 10. Peralez also pulled down 17 rebounds.

Aileen Kaye led Highline with 15 points and Peightyn Perrien added nine.

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Big Bend 70, Grays Harbor 59 stats

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The 6pm game of the NWAC Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament saw the #4 seed in the east, Big Bend Community College take on the #1 seed out of the west, Grays Harbor College. The Vikings from Big Bend making their first trip to the championship tournament in 15 years defeated Grays Harbor 70-59. 

Both teams who sport high powered offenses, struggled in the opening half as GHCC led at the half 29-26. The first half shooting woes for Big Bend resulted in  28.6% from the floor and Grays Harbor only shot 33.3% from the floor. 

Going into the locker room at half-time the Vikings from Big Bend were led by Sunnie Martinez with 7 points and Miranda Johnson with 6 points. Leah Dougherty had 7 rebounds at the half.  The Chokers from Grays Harbor were led by the 14 points of Alexia Thrower.

The second half of the game saw a much better flow to the game and Big Bend took a 39-35 lead into the first media timeout of the half.  Grays Harbor then went on an 11-2 run to answer Big Bend’s run. After trading baskets, the quarter ended with Grays Harbor leading 53-49. 

Big Bend started the 4th quarter on a 7-2 run to take the lead 60-55 forcing Grays Harbor to take a timeout.  The Vikings closed the game shooting 62.5% in the 4th quarter on a 21-6 run. 

Top performers from Big Bend were Hailey Garrity with a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds, Leah Dougherty 16 points, Sunnie Martinez 13 points,  and Miranda Johnson with 11 points.

Top performers for Grays Harbor were Alexia Thrower 25 points and 18 rebounds (double-double)  and Sandin Kidder with 18 points. The Big Bend Vikings take on the Everett Trojans tomorrow night at 6pm at the Walt Price Fitness Center on the Everett Community College campus. 

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Everett 102, Clackamas 77 stats

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The 4pm game between the #3 seed from the south,  Clackamas Community College Cougars and the #2 seed from the north, Everett Community College Trojans got off to a blistering start.  The Trojans came out firing in the first quarter jumping out to a 15-5 lead.  The Cougars answered and went on a 14-5 run to end the quarter to trail by one, 20-19. 

The pace of the  second quarter picked up and saw the Trojans take a 47-40 half-time lead into the locker room .  Led by the outstanding  shooting by Alexis Biggerstaff with 13 points. Tyra Lopez with 9 points, Sydney Taggart and Uju Chibougwu with 8 points each, Everett Community College began to take control.  The Trojans as team shot 50% for the half.  Clackamas Cougars were led by Nicole Hermosillo-Wright and Alia Parsons with 9 points each.       Everett went on a tear in the third quarter building an 85-58 lead on 59% shooting from the floor aided by 17 offensive rebounds.  

The second half was all Trojans as they continued their torrid team shooting finishing the game shooting 51% from the floor. 

The Trojans had six players in double figures scoring led by sophomore Uju Chibuowu as she had 18 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists,  Alex Biggerstaff 20 points on 7-12 shooing,  Aloha Salem 16 points, Nakia Edwards and Tyra Lopez with 15 points each. 

The Cougars had four players in double figures, Nicole Hermosillo-Wright with 21 points, CJ Buckley 16 points, Kayce Mock with 14 points and Brittany McCormick with 11. 

Everett moves on to play tomorrow night at 6pm against the winner of the Big Bend Community College Grays Harbor College.

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Bellevue 61, Mt. Hood 57 - stats

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Bellevue’s Molly Dixon sank two free throws with 3.1 seconds left to clinch the win as the seventh-ranked Bulldogs downed Mt. Hood 61-57 in Game 4 of the 2018 NWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Bellevue, 21-8, will meet Lower Columbia Friday at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Mt. Hood ended its season with a record of 12-15.

In a closely contested first half, both teams led by six points at one time, but neither could forge a larger lead than that. Mt. Hood led by six at 10-4 with 4:41 left in the first quarter before Bellevue rallied for a 15-12 lead after one. In the second quarter, Bellevue forged a six-point lead at 21-15.

The Bulldogs led 29-24 at half.

The Bulldogs stretched their lead to 40-31 with 4:38 left on a 3-pointer by Kassin Hopkins, but shortly thereafter she picked up her fourth foul and went to the bench. And the Saints made their move, cutting the deficit to 44-41 at the end of three quarters.

Bellevue increased its lead 48-41, but the Saints battled back once again and cut the lead to one point on two occasions, but they could never take the lead. Their best chance came with 53 seconds left when they trailed 59-57, but a traveling violation turned the ball over to Bellevue. The Bulldogs missed a shot but got the offensive rebound and drew two fouls, the last with 3.1 seconds left.

Then Dixon made both free throws to ice the win.

Brenda Akoto had a monster fourth quarter for Bellevue, scoring 10 of her game-high 20 points. Joining her in double figures were Hopkins with 11 and Dixon with 10 points.

Courtney Jackson came off the bench to score 17 points for Mt. Hood, McKenzie Long added 12 and Rachel Watson scored 11.

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Lower Columbia 84, North Idaho 63 - stats

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Five Lower Columbia Red Devils scored in double figures as the eighth-ranked Red Devils topped North Idaho 84-63 in Game 3 of the 2018 NWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Lower Columbia improved to 23-8 and will meet the winner of Bellevue-Mt. Hood Friday at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals. North Idaho’s season ended with a record of 19-10.

Leading 12-7 late in the first quarter, the Red Devils went on a 9-0 run to take a 21-7 lead. They expanded that to 43-18 by halftime, and the closest the Cardinals came in the second half was 47-33 with 6:15 left in the third quarter. Lower Columbia promptly went on a 7-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Lower Columbia made 54 percent of its field-goal attempts while the Cardinals shot just 26 percent.

Cherita Daugherty led the way for the Red Devils with 22 points and Shanay Dotson added 20. Others scoring in double figures for Lower Columbia were Madison Crews with 16, Hayley Niles with 13 and Kenya Lorton with 10.

Whitney Meier led the Cardinals with 24 points, including six 3-pointers. Sydney Hovde added 16 points and Cierra Dvorak chipped in 11 for North Idaho.

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Umpqua 83, Peninsula 62 -stats

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Dajayna Powell and Jordan Stotler combined for 47 points as No. 1-ranked Umpqua defeated Peninsula 83-62 in Game 2 of the 2018 NWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The RiverHawks scored the first five points of the game and cruised to their 29th win in 30 contests. Umpqua will meet Columbia Basin in the quarterfinals Friday at 2 p.m. Peninsula’s season ended with a record 8-17.

Powell scored 26 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field, and Stotler was 9-of-14 from the floor for 21 points. Taylor Stricklin added 11 points for the RiverHawks.

Umpqua’s Merrily Jones netted a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first half to give the RiverHawks a 54-33 lead at intermission, and Umpqua opened the second half with a 15-1 run to erase any doubt as to the final outcome.

The RiverHawks finished the game at 51 percent from the field to Peninsula’s 33. Umpqua also held a commanding edge in rebounds, 50-32.

Ashlynn Sharp scored 16 points for Peninsula, and Jamellia Clark added 14. Payton Caci and Jocelyn Moore chipped in 10 apiece.

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Columbia Basin 61, Centralia 46 stats

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Alexis Castro scored 17 points and dished out seven assists and Columbia Basin overcame a slow start to defeat Centralia 61-46 in Game 1 of the 2018 NWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Columbia Basin (22-8) advances to the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Friday against the winner of Umpqua-Peninsula. Centralia ends its season at 15-14.

The Hawks made only 1 of 14 3-point field goals in the first half, but made 6 of 12 in the second half as they outscored the Trailblazers 43-19. In the third quarter alone, Columbia Basin held a 22-6 scoring edge.

Centralia took a 9-8 on a layin by Joni Lancaster with 1:07 left in the first quarter, and the Trailblazers kept the lead until 3:28 remained in the third quarter. Centralia led 27-18 at halftime as Columbia Basin went 8 minutes and 20 seconds without scoring during a period between the first and second quarters.

Once the Hawks took the lead, they didn’t relinquish it. They held a 40-33 edge after three quarters and slowly extended their lead throughout the fourth quarter. Sabin Keo scored 13 points and Sharlei Graham-Bernisto added 11 for Columbia Basin.

Majesty Claybrooks scored 13 points for Centralia, and Lancaster added 12.

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