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SVC women give Epperson win No. 700 - Skagit Valley Herald

Skagit Valley blasts Edmonds 91-29

Trevor Pyle can be reached at 360-416-2156 or by e-mail at tpyle@


Staff Writer Mount Vernon — When the Skagit Valley College women's basketball team downed Edmonds 91-29 Saturday, it was more than another win. It was a milestone for head coach Steve Epperson.

Brittany Janz had 27 points and seven rebounds to help lead the Cardinals to a big Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges North Division win. The win was coach Steve Epperson's 700th at the Skagit Valley Cardinals' helm.

"We played the best 40 minutes we played all year. Not just scoring but playing hard all 40 minutes," Epperson said. "We maintained our intensity from start to finish."

He is the only head coach in the program’s history, but was quick after the game to shift the spotlight to some of the others who he said have helped the program thrive, including longtime assistant Deb Castle.

"You only accomplish (700 wins) with a great school, with recruiting the right kids, with great fans and with a terrific assistant coach," he said. "I'm just a part of it, and it takes all the parts."

Epperson is 700-207 in his career, and has helped guide the Cardinals to four Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championships, with Skagit winning the title in 1988, 1994, 1996 and 1998. The Cardinals have been to the championship game six times.

Keri Arendse scored 18 points for the Cardinals (11-0 division, 19-1 overall), Alyssa Koller scored 17 and Alex Love had six points and seven assists.

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