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2013 NWAACC Basketball Championships - Day Two

Rylie Holsinger shoots for two of her six
points. Holsinger also led with 11 boards,
3 blocks, two steals and seven assists.
10 p.m. - Spokane 70 - Whatcom 55 [stats]

By the end of the evening, Whatcom finally ran out of steam, their top three players having totaled the most minutes of any team in the tournament. Whatcom and Spokane kept pace with one another through the first 20 minutes, but Spokane got ahead and clicked down the stretch to eliminate Whatcom 70-55.

Spokane started off hot, going on a 9-0 run after Whatcom scored the game's first bucket to lead by seven on a three point field goal from Jorden Brons. Minutes later, with Spokane leading 17-11, Whatcom made a run of their own behind seven points from Bree Park, who led all scores in the game with 17.

Spokane made a rally of their own to take a lead, but a shot from distance fell for Park, and Whatcom led 33-31 at the end of the first period.

Whatcom jumped out in the first three minutes of the second half, but Breanna Wilson scored on the break for Spokane to tie the game at the 17 minute mark, and the Sasquatch took the lead a minute later, never to relinquish the advantage.

Spokane stays alive and will play in the consolation bracket against SW Oregon on Monday at noon. The winner of that match up advances to play for seventh place.


David Jeffries led Pierce with four steals
in the win, which keeps the Raiders in
contention for fourth place.
10 p.m. - Pierce 88 - SW Oregon 57 [stats]

SW Oregon never led and only tied twice in the first few minutes as Pierce, the former No. 1 seed from the West, led start to finish and by as many as 33 points to eliminate the Lakers 88-57 and stay alive in the hunt for 7th place overall.

Pierce, who shot 50% from the field in the first half, jumped all over SW Oregon early, leading by nine points after six minutes, and going up by 17 on a three pointer from Derek Porter with six minutes to play in the half. Two minutes later, John Palmer hit a three on the fast break for the Raiders, putting Pierce up by 21. The Raiders reached 21 once more inside a minute to play, but Dexter Williams' jumper at the buzzer was good, making the halftime score 46-27.

Pierce cooled off slightly in the second half, shooting just 37%, but still managed to hold SW Oregon to 30 points, outscoring the Lakers by 12 in the period to win 88-57. Porter led with 23 points, eight boards and three steals for the Raiders, who will play Yakima Valley on Monday at noon.


Quynne Eharris scored 29 points and
pulled down 12 boards in the win.
8 p.m. - SW Oregon 75 - Lower Columbia 65 [stats]

Quynne Eharris' 29 points and 12 boards were too much for the over matched Red Devils, who kept things close for a half, but fell behind as time wound on, standing aside and yielding to the SW Oregon Lakers 75-65, a win that keeps SW Oregon alive in the hunt for the consolation championship.

SW Oregon raced out to a 12-4 lead in the first few minutes, hitting three of four three pointers to start the game. Lower Columbia rallied to tie, but the Lakers answered, running the lead to seven points, absorbing a Red Devil charge, and putting together another run to lead by ten at halftime, 39-29.

Eharris stretched the Laker advantage to 12 just after halftime, and Lower Columbia would get no closer than seven points, falling behind by as many as 15 and falling by a clean ten at 75-65.

Eharris' performance, which included three blocks to go along with her points and rebounding numbers, ranks among the best for any player so far at the tournament, setting up tomorrow's game where SW Oregon will face the winner of the Spokane - Whatcom game at noon.


Joel Yellow-Owl drives to the basket
during Yakima's win over the Red Devils.
8 p.m. - Yakima Valley 86 - Lower Columbia 74 [stats]

After an extremely competitive first half, Yakima Valley turned what was a close game into a blowout, leading by as many as 20 points and finishing with a double digit win at 86-74, eliminating Lower Columbia from the tournament and moving on to play on Monday.
The largest lead for either team in the first half was seven, an edge that Lower Columbia held only for a moment before YVCC rallied back to take the lead at 21-20 with ten minutes gone in the first half. Lower Columbia went up four with a minute remaining, and JJ Roffler missed a three point attempt to leave the Red Devils on top at the break 43-39.

Midway through the second half was when the Yaks really got rolling. Already leading 63-59 with less  than ten minutes to play, Yakima went on a 20-4 run over the space of five minutes to push their lead to 20, firmly in control with time running out on the season for Lower Columbia.

The Red Devils inched closer, but could cut the deficit to no less than twelve, the final margin.

Joel Yellow-Owl led Yakima Valley with 19 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks. The Yaks will play on Monday at noon against the winner of the Pierce - SW Oregon game.


Sade Elliot rises for two of her team
high 18 points in the victory over Clark.
6 p.m. - Clackamas 68 - Clark 39 [stats]

Clackamas showed their superiority from start to finish, dominating the Clark Penguins early and never letting up, flattening Clark College by 29 to advance to the third round of the NWAACC Basketball Championships.

Clark's initial 2-0 lead in the opening seconds of the first half would prove to be their only advantage, as Clackamas went on a 17-3 run after Clark's first basket to take a commanding 12 point lead with 9:45 remaining in the first period. The Cougar edge reached 14 before Clark went on a run to finish out the first half down by just eight points.

As they did in the first half, Clackamas came out with guns blazing in the second half, going on a 18-3 run ending in a 23 point Clackamas lead with 14 minutes to play. Clackamas' lead broke 30 for the first time on a Laci Effenberger three pointer just before  the nine minute mark, and five minutes later, Clackamas went up by 37 at 65-28, but by that point, the game was long over for the beleaguered Penguins. Clark outscored Clackamas 11-3 to finish the game, but all that changed was the final margin.

The Cougars were led by the 18 points of Sade Elliot, who went 4/8 from beyond the arc, pulled down five rebounds and nabbed four steals. Clackamas' next game will be a rematch of last years' fifth place game with Skagit Valley at 8 p.m. on Monday evening.

Clark drops into the battle for fifth place, and will play Walla Walla at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon.


Eric Holbrook looks to lay the ball in during
the win over Everett. Holbrook hit all 10 of his
free throws for 17 total points.
6 p.m. - Spokane 88 - Everett 78 [stats]

A night removed from their upset of the No. 1 seeded Pierce, Everett couldn't keep up with Spokane, falling behind by 21 in the first half, battling back in the second to make things interesting, but fading down the stretch as Spokane won 88-78 to move into the semi-finals of the NWAACC Basketball Championships.

Everett and Spokane kept things fairly close through the first ten minutes, but after Everett rallied from 10 down to cut the deficit to a deuce, Spokane scored the next 19 points to make the gap 23 with just over two minutes remaining in the half.

After cutting things to sixteen points at the break, Everett went on a rally of their own, eventually cutting it to a single point at 59-58 with less than seven minutes left to play. At that point, however, the Trojans went cold and were outscored by Spokane by nine points and fell 88-78.

Brady Bagby put up big numbers for Spokane, netting 21 points, 9 rebounds, two blocks and a pair of steals  in 32 minutes, and will lead the Sasquatch in Monday's 8 p.m. game for a chance to play in the title game.

Everett moves into the 5th place bracket, and takes on Clackamas on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.


Laken McClelland (24) celebrates the upset with her teammates.
4 p.m. - Skagit Valley 56 - Walla Walla 51 [stats]

A tight contest from start to finish, Skagit Valley saved their best for last, going on a pair of runs to finish the game and upset the third ranked Walla Walla Warriors, the top seed from the storied Eastern Region, by a final score of 56-51.

Through the opening minutes of the first half, neither team could mount a lead of more than two points until Darien Dolquist strung together a pair of buckets to put the Cardinals up by four points with 11 minutes left in the period. Walla Walla responded with a 9-0 run to go up by five when Eastern Region MVP Michelle Seitz hit back to back shots from long range to give the Warriors a 18-13 edge. The lead became six a few minutes later, but Skagit Valley battled back to take a two point lead into the half time break.

Out of the intermission, Walla Walla again grabbed the advantage, going up by as many as four points before SVC rallied back to take the lead on a three point play from Sophia Baetz. The Cardinals scored in bunches to build a six point lead of their own, only to see it vanish at the hands of Caitlin Duncan, who hit a pair of free throws on back to back possessions for Walla Walla with less than two minutes to play, giving the Warriors the lead back.

That lead, it turns out, would never again return to the Warriors. Baetz drove to the basket and with the hoop and the harm, completed the three point play to put Skagit Valley on top for good. Baetz hit a pair of free throws and Allison Johnson hit one of two down the stretch to give Skagit Valley the 56-51 victory.

Laken McClelland led all scores with 18 points and was 4 of 7 from three point range for Skagit Valley, who moves on to play the winner of the Clark - Clackamas game on Monday night at 8 p.m.

Walla Walla drops into the fifth place bracket to await the loser of the Clark - Clackamas game at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon.


McKissic had a tournament high six
steals in Edmonds' win over Clackamas
4 p.m. - Edmonds 81 - Clackamas 71 [stats

Despite leading early and often, the Clackamas Cougars couldn't quite match what the stars from Edmonds threw at them, fading late in the second half behind a furious run from the Tritons, who outscored Clackamas by 13 in the final 7:30 to win by double digits at 81-71.

Clackamas controlled things in the first few minutes of play, going up six points at 11-5 after five minutes in the first half. Edmonds fought back to gain a five point advantage of their own with 7:43 to play on a three pointer from Tony Montano, but Clackamas answered once more, putting together a 10-0 run and leading by five with four minutes remaining, but Edmonds used those four minutes to go up four with a minute left in the half. With time winding down, Michone Hopkins elevated and hit a deep three pointer, drawing Clackamas to within a point at the break.

The second half didn't immediately bring change, with both teams trading baskets and neither gaining an edge until the Cougars put together a string of buckets to go up seven points with 11:30 remaining. That's when things started to click for Edmonds.

After Grant Sitton hit one of his two three point fieldgoals, Edmonds came down the floor and got a pair of offensive rebounds before Badhasa Margasa spotted up, took the pass from Riccardo Maxwell, and nailed a three pointer, one of four consecutive treys from Margasa, part of a 12-2 run that gave Edmonds a double digit lead with less than four minutes remaining, a deficit that Clackamas could not climb out of.

Shaq McKissic, who had a number of high flying slam dunks, led all scores with 23 points, eight rebounds, a tournament-high six steals, and five assists in the win for Edmonds, who faces the winner of the Everett - Spokane game on Monday evening at 8 p.m.

Clackamas, who won seven of eight to qualify for the tournament, drops into contention for fifth place and will play the loser of the Everett - Spokane match up at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon.


Danielle Schmidt fights for two of her
twelve points in the win for Lane. Schmidt
also pulled down seven rebounds.
2 p.m. - Lane 66 - Centralia 60 [stats]

Despite their having their lowest scoring half of the season, Lane came from a 7 point second half deficit to beat the Centralia College Blazers 66-60 and advance to the third round of the NWAACC Championship tournament.

Neither team scored for almost the first two and a half minutes of the contest, with Lane finally breaking the stalemate with a bucket from post Megan Shields. Lane wouldn't score for nearly five more minutes, but the Titans held Centralia to just six points in that stretch and were able to climb to within one point with just over 11 minutes to play in the first period.

Lane was able to fight for the tie with just over two minutes remaining, but trailed the Blazers at the half, 27-25. Both teams struggled from the field, combining to average less than 28% from the floor.

As the second half began, things started to get a little out of control for Lane. Centralia went on a 7-0 run to take an eight point lead at 35-27 with 15:31 remaining in the game, but Lane still wasn't done. The Titans went on a run of their own, and by the 10:34 mark in the second half, it was a game once again - tied at 43.

With under three minutes remaining, Lane would take the lead for the final time, inching ahead on a field goal from Kersey Wilcox. Those two points were part of a 9-1 run in the latter stages of the game that put Lane up as many as eight, too far ahead to be caught by Centralia.

20 points from Renee Lucero led the Titans, who will move on to the elite eight to face Southern Region foe Chemeketa on Monday evening at 6 p.m.

Centralia drops to the 5th place bracket and will play Bellevue on Monday at 2 p.m.


2 p.m. - Chemeketa 84 - Tacoma 81 [stats

Tacoma led early in the first half, but couldn't contain Chemeketa and fell down by as 16 in the early part of the second half and could never fully recover, losing by three in the final seconds 84-81.

Tacoma jumped all over Chemeketa in the first few minutes of the finals rematch, going up 7-1 before the Storm could respond with a run of their own to take the lead. Things stayed close until Chemeketa got back to back threes from Andrew Saba and Jordan Bately to go up seven, and held a six point advantage at the halftime break.

Chemeketa came out of halftime on fire, going on an 18-4 run to take a 16 point lead at the 14:03 mark of the second half on a three pointer from Gavin Kauffman. That's when Tacoma showed what they had up their sleeve, roaring back via an 18-1 run to take a lead with less than ten minutes to play.

With just :49 left, Chemeketa had rebuilt their lead to six, but Damani Coley hit from distance for Tacoma and cut the advantage in half. Seconds later, Josh Lord scored on the break and hit the resulting free throw, but Tacoma couldn't foul fast enough after the in bounds for Chemeketa, and Batey hit one of two at the line to seal the victory for the Storm.

Chemeketa, who will move on to play Big Bend on Monday at noon for a chance to go to the NWAACC title game, was led by the 21 points of Jordan Batey and 16 points, five boards and four assists from sophomore Gavin Kauffman.

Tacoma, a year removed from their first title in a decade, will play Whatcom at 2 p.m. on Monday in  the fifth place bracket.
12:00 p.m. - Chemeketa 78 - Bellevue 73 [stats]

Chemeketa came alive for the second day in a row, and for the second time defeated the higher seeded team to advance past to the next round. This time, Bellevue was the victim, and fell 78-73 and will fall to the consolation bracket.

The Storm got ahead early, running out by 10 after five minutes, and leading by 15 at halftime. The second half seemed to go the same way as the first, as Chemeketa only extended their lead. By the 17:33 mark of the second half, the game had reached 20 points at 58-38, which exactly the time that Bellevue chose to strike.

After trading baskets, Bellevue finally cut the lead to 13 with a three pointer from guard Brenna Anderson, still with more than 12 minutes remaining. Four minutes later, Bellevue broke back into single digits on a field goal from Channel Cambronero. 90 seconds later Damerea Caples brought the Bulldogs to within three, and Cambronero tied the game at 70 with a little over five minutes remaining to complete the comeback.

However, Chemeketa took the lead right back on the next possession, a lead that they would never relinquish, staying just ahead of Bellevue to win 78-73 and move on to play the winner of the Lane - Centralia game on Monday at 6 p.m.

Hailey Guest and Briana Stacona both had 15 points and 6 rebounds for Chemeketa, who lost sophomore guard Jordan Klebaum to an apparent knee injury in the final seconds of the game. The injury and timetable for return have yet to be determined.


12:00 p.m. - Big Bend 71 - Whatcom 69 [stats]

Whatcom gave top-ranked Big Bend a scare in the second half, coming from 15 points down to tie and take the lead in the final few minutes before surrendering the lead and falling 71-69, putting Big Bend into the final four.

Big Bend, who found themselves trailing in a tight first-half contest, went on a 26-10 run late in the half to take a 15 point lead with a minute left in the first period. The Viking lead was 43-30 at the halftime break, and it looked like Big Bend, who has one of the highest scoring averages in the league, would run away with things.

In the second half, Whatcom went on a run of their own, finishing a 19-4 run with a pair of free throws from Nicholaus Kussman to tie the contest at 47, and it was a game once more with 12 minutes left.

Whatcom took a lead minutes later, eventually running out to a four point advantage with five minutes remaining, but Big Bend responded behind a monster game from Brendan Westendorf, who scored 12 of the Vikings' final 16 points, part of a huge 36 point performance, the highest score for any player during the tournament thus far. Westendorf's run and free throws were just enough, as Big Bend fended off the final chances from Whatcom to survive and move on, winning 71-69.


Sammi Jo Blodgett watches her shot
at the end of regulation between Yakima
Valley and Peninsula.
10 a.m. - Yakima Valley 82 - Peninsula 71 OT [stats]

Yakima Valley made one of the great rallies of the 2012-13 season, racing from 17 down in the second half to win in overtime and stay alive on the consolation side of the bracket, defeating Peninsula 82-71 in the first extra-period thriller of the tournament.

The Yaks had just one lead in regulation, a 2-0 advantage on the second play of the game. From there, everything went Peninsula's way. The Pirate's lead grew to double digits when Olivia Henderson connected to make it 20-10 in favor of Peninsula.

The hole grew to 15 points on a three pointer from Peninsula's Alison Knowles with 90 seconds left in the first half, which was the eventual halftime deficit as Peninsula led at the break 41-26.

After six minutes of second half play, Peninsula pushed their advantage to 17 points, and it seemed all was lost for Yakima Valley. The Yaks, however, weren't finished yet.

A string of buckets capped by a shot from distance by YVCC's Kaylah Gonzales brought the Yaks to within 10, just two minutes later. Yakima Valley broke into single digits with seven minutes remaining in the contest, but still a long way to go.

Then quite all of the sudden, the lead was six after Sammi Jo Blodgett scored a field goal. Peninsula hit two baskets to slow things down, but the comeback was on. Then, with 12 seconds left, Jo Blodgett spotted up on the far side and nailed a deep three, bringing the teams even for the first time in more than 35 minutes. Peninsula had one last chance to win it, but lost the ball and Yakima Valley didn't get a shot away in time.

Overtime belonged to the Yaks, who had gone on a 33-16 run to catch Peninsula, and didn't stop there. Yakima Valley outscored Peninsula 13-2 in the extra period to eliminate the Pirates 82-71.

Jo Blodgett led Yakima Valley with a tournament-high 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the win, which pits the Yaks against Eastern Region foe Columbia Basin on Monday morning at 10 a.m.


Xavier Bazile
10 a.m. - Peninsula 77 - Walla Walla 59 [stats]

After a few brief leads early in the first half, Peninsula grabbed the advantage and never let go, leading by as many as 21 points en route to a 77-59 victory to move on and play once more.

Walla Walla's last lead eveporated with 15 minutes left in the first half when Donald Gaddy spotted up from distance and nailed the three pointer, putting Peninsula up 12-10. Minutes later, the Pirates were up eight, and by the time the half was over, the Pirates had led by as many as ten points, taking an eight point cushion into the halftime break.

In the second half, Peninsula quickly built a lead of 15 on another bucket from Gaddy with 12 minutes left in the period. Walla Walla hit a few fieldgoals here and there, but the lead grew to 17, 19 and eventually 21 points on a jumper from TreShawn King Dunbar with under three minutes to play, and the Pirates held on to win 77-59.

Xavier Bazile led Peninsula with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and will return with his Pirates to face Centralia at 10 a.m. on Monday morning.


Alicia Jones
8 a.m. - Columbia Basin 59 - Tacoma 48 [stats

Behind 18 points and 11 rebounds from Sarah Higheagle, Columbia Basin raced ahead and clung to their advantage, pushing the Tacoma Titans to elimination and staying alive in the hunt for the women's consolation championship with a 59-48 victory on Sunday morning.

Tacoma held a lead only once at 5-4 on a three pointer inside the first two minutes from Angie Sanchez. The Hawks grabbed the lead back moments later, and it was all Columbia Basin from there.

At the the 14:12 mark in the first half, a steal and fast break layup from Kelsey Yenney gave the Hawks a seven point advantage, their largest of the half until Alicia Jones connected as part of an 8-0 run to put Columbia Basin up by double digits at 25-15 with 10 minutes left in the half.

The gap reached 11 a few minutes later, and the halftime buzzer sounded with the Hawks on top 38-27.

In the second half, things only continued to get darker for Tacoma, who soon found themselves down 18 points with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. The Titans made a run in garbage time, but managed only to cut the deficit to 11 at 59-48, the final margin.

To go along with 14 points and three assists, Jones also pulled down a tournament-high 17 rebounds for Columbia Basin, who escapes elimination and will face the winner of the Yakima Valley - Peninsula game on Monday at 10 a.m.


8 a.m. - Centralia 62 - Lane 59 [stats]
In a thrilling opening to the second day of the men's tournament, Centralia's all-star guard Van Lockett came up huge, netting 20 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists to help Centralia knock off Lane 62-59 and stay to play another day.
A back-and-fourth match up from the start, Lane finally found some traction and strung together several good possessions to go up seven with 11 minutes left in the first. Centralia rallied back, but Lane answered and inched their lead to eight points with 1:23 to go in the first period.

On the next possession, Centrala got a huge three pointer from John Dumetz to cut the gap to five. Lockett stole the ball on Lane's run down the floor and drew the foul and hit the first free throw. Lockett missed the second, but grabbed the offensive board and got a whistle from behind the three point line, hitting two of three to make it a two point game.

On the ensuing possession for Lane, Jarred Kelsey's three point attempt at the shot clock buzzer was late, resulting in one last chance for Centralia with 1.2 seconds left on the clock. The Blazers inbounded to Lockett, who heaved up a shot from 3/4 court and connected, giving Centralia the halftime lead.

In the second half, Lane took the advantage once more, going up by as many as five. Centralia fought back and took the lead on a steal and layup by Dam with 28 seconds left, putting the Blazers up 60-58. From there, Lane went 1-1 from the free throw line and Centralia was a perfect 2/2, giving the Blazers the narrow victory.

Centralia will play on Monday morning at 10 a.m. verses the winner of the Peninsula - Walla Walla game.

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