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2013 NWAACC Basketball Championships - Day Three

Jenny Johnson had 32 points to lead
Clackamas to the championship game.
8 p.m. - Clackamas 73 - Skagit Valley 56 [stats]

After trailing early, Clackamas proved themselves too much for Skagit Valley to handle, running the Cardinals out of the building to make the championship game on Tuesday evening, winning 73-56 behind a big second half.

In one of their lowest scoring halves of the season, Clackamas was behind for much of the opening period,  never having a lead larger than three and falling behind by as many as four before jumping back on top to lead 26-25 at the break.

Clackamas star guard and Southern Region MVP Jenny Johnson came out of the locker room in a groove, scoring 21 of her game-high 32 points in the second half to help Clackamas dominate the final frame by as many as 18 points with 3:29 remaining in the game before winning by 17 to advance to the NWAACC Final, where they will play in a rematch with Lane for the 2013 NWAACC title at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

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Riccardo Maxwell
8 p.m. - Edmonds 68 - Spokane 64 [stats]

Edmonds got 25 points from All-Region guard Riccardo Maxwell and overcame an eight point second half deficit to win it by four at 68-64 and advance to the 2013 NWAACC Championship game.

The Tritons of Edmonds got off to a hot start, scoring the first six points before Spokane could rally back to tie the game at 15 all with just over 11 minutes left in the first half. Spokane took their first lead with less than five minutes to play in the initial period, and led 33-30 before Shaq McKissic tipped the in-bounds pass into the bucket at the buzzer to make it a one point game at halftime.

In the second half, Spokane went on a 10-2 run to take an eight point lead with a little more than 10 minutes left in the game, but Edmonds wasn't done, and went on a 10-2 run of their own to tie the game up at 51. Edmonds took the lead for the final time on a bucket from Maxwell with three minutes to play, and did just enough on the defensive end to squeak out a victory, winning 68-64 and punching their ticket to the title game with Chemeketa on Tuesday evening a 8 p.m.

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Tori Mahaffie rises from beyond the arc
for three of her team-high 19 points.
6 p.m. - Lane 83 - Chemeketa 58 [stats]

Two minutes into the semi-final match up between the Southern Region foes, the magic ran out for Chemeketa, who lost guard Jordan Klebaum to a reaggravation of an injured knee and left with the help of trainers. The Storm kept things close for a few minutes, but eventually fell behind by 21 in the first half and 28 in the second, falling by 25 to see Lane glide into the 2013 championship game.

For a time, it seemed that Chemeketa might survive without their scoring leader, as the Storm took a four point lead on a fast break bucket from Hannah Fredrick after three and a half minutes of play. That would change quickly for Chemeketa, who watched Lane go on an 11-2 run to take a lead that they would never give back.

Lane went on another streak, this time 12-1 and found themselves up 21 points at 47-26 with a minute remaining in the period. The Titans held a 47-31 edge at the break.

What was bad for Chemeketa in the first half only continued to get worse in the second as Lane went on a 9-0 run early in the period to lead by 28 points with 14 minutes and change remaining in the game. Six minutes later, Kim Tillery cut the deficit to 18 points on a steal and fast break layup, but Chemeketa would get no closer, falling by 25 points to drop into the third place bracket.

Lane advances to take on the winner of the Clackamas - Skagit Valley game on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. to decide the 2013 NWAACC Champion.


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6 p.m. - Chemeketa 66 - Big Bend 65 [stats]
Kauffman shoots from deep to bring
the Storm within a pair on the comeback.

In one of the most gripping finishes in recent NWAACC history, Chemeketa came from 21 down in a little over seven minutes to upset No. 1 Big Bend, ending the game on a 27-5 run to take the game by a single point, 66-65 and make the title game for the second year in a row. 

Things were tight for much of the first half, with the lead trading hands back and fourth before Big Bend went on a 16-2 run to take a 12 point lead, which was the eventual Viking advantage going into the halftime break. 

Chemeketa would fall even further behind in the second half. After cutting it to nine points, the Storm saw Big Bend go on a 19-7 run, capping the streak on a three pointer from Kamen McCullough with 7:07 left in the game to make the Viking lead a staggering 21 points. 

From that point, it was almost all Chemeketa. Trevor Phillips connected on a field goal to cut it to 19, and then a steal and basket from Gavin Kauffman made it 17 points at 60-43. Seconds later, Kauffman nailed a three point bucket and the comeback was on. 

With just over two minutes to play, Jacob Begin sent the Chemeketa crowd into hysterics with a thee pointer from the corner, cutting the game to just six points. A free throw from Kauffman made it five, and the next time down the floor Kauffman elevated from on the near side and hit another trey to make it 61-59. On the resulting possession, Chemeketa stole the inbounds pass and Jordan Bately dished to Jacob Begin who continued the Chemeketa magic, elevating to nail the three point field goal and put Chemeketa up 62-61 with 1:39 to play. 

Phillips, Kauffman and Bately hit four of six from the line down the stretch, sealing the miracle comeback for Chemeketa. Kauffman, who had 11 points in the 27-5 run, led the Storm with 18 points for the game, and will finish up his NWAACC career on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m., playing in the championship game for the second consecutive season. 
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4 p.m. - Clark 75 - Walla Walla 70 [stats]

Clark got 25 points from Dominique Johnson and came from as many as 10 points down to eliminate the Walla Walla Warriors and move on into the 5th/6th place game on Tuesday.

Johnson
Walla Walla got a fast start, jumping ahead by five after three consecutive three point baskets, two of which came from Caitlin Duncan. The Penguins fought back to take a brief lead, but Walla Walla responded in kind, going up by eight with less than four minutes to play, and ten points at the two minute mark of the first period.

Clark ended up rallying to within one just before halftime, and used their momentum to tie an eventually take a lead midway through the second half. The lead grew to eight with 12 minutes remaining in the game, but the Warriors, the top seed from the Eastern Region, weren't out of it yet, and went on a run to tie things up at 66 with five minutes to play.

However, the Warriors would never catch Clark again. A pair of free throws from Andrea Smith and a three pointer from Nicolette Bond gave Clark a five point advantage and the Penguins hit their free throws down  the stretch to upset Walla Walla and move on to play in the 5th/6th place game against Bellevue on Tuesday at noon.

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Conor Donaldson
4 p.m.- Everett 90 - Clackamas 73 [stats]

Clackamas kept things reasonable in the early going, but eventually fell behind and could never muster a rally to fluster Everett, who kept their foot on the pedal and cruised past Clackamas and into the 5th/6th place game on Tuesday at noon.

Everett shot the lights out of the arena to start the contest, going up 7-0 before Clackamas could respond. The deficit became ten before Clackamas rallied to within three, but the Trojans pushed things to 16 on a three pointer from Jarrell Banks, and then 18 by the time the halftime buzzer sounded.

The second half began promising for Clackamas, who cut the lead to ten after the first four minutes had gone by in the second period, but Everett responded to go back up by 18 and never let the Cougars get within single digits, leading by 20 points with less than three minutes to go before eliminating Clackamas 90-73.

Kirby Hawkins finished with 21 points for Clackamas, who was eliminated with their second loss of the tournament.

Everett was led by the 22 points and six rebounds from Banks, and will face Tacoma at noon on Tuesday in a battle for 5th place at the NWAACC Championships.

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Airashay Rodgers tied for team high
scoring honors with 16 points in the win.
2 p.m. - Bellevue 64 - Centralia 48 [stats]

Despite 18 points and 11 rebounds from Western Region MVP Kristen Schoenherr, Centralia simply couldn't keep up with Bellevue, who held the rest of the Blazers to a combined 30 points and won 64-48 in a match up of former No. 1 seeds.

Centralia was hot early, and grabbed a quick lead by scoring the first four of the game inside the first two minutes and holding on to their advantage until Channel Cambronero intercepted the ball from Schoenherr and Damerea Caples scored on the break to tie the game. Things were neck and neck until Cambronero elevated from beyond the arc and connected to put Bellevue up seven at the break, leading 36-29.

In the second half, Centralia was able to climb to within one, but then the offense for the Blazers dwindled to zilch and they watched Bellevue go on a 16-0 run to mount a 17 point edge. The advantage reached 18 a few moments later on a three point field goal from Tayler Fleming and then 20 after an offensive board and putback by Alexis Berrysmith with just two minutes remaining in the contest.

Centralia hit a field goal and a pair of free throws to narrow the gap, but that was all, as the Blazers fell 64-48 and were eliminated from the tournament.

Bellevue was led by the box-score filling performance of Cambronero, who finished tied for team high honors with 16 points, six boards and nine assists, and will move on to face the winner of the Walla Walla - Clark game on Tuesday at noon in the 5th/6th match up.

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Josh Lord goes up for two of his game
high 26 points in the win for Tacoma.
2 p.m. - Tacoma 81 - Whatcom 73 [stats]

After being down early, Tacoma didn't panic and came right back to take a commanding lead in the second half and win 81-73 to move in to the 5th/6th place game on Tuesday at noon.

Whatcom used an 11-4 run to go up eight midway through the first half, but the advantage didn't last long as Tacoma was able to tie the game at the 8:35 mark of the opening period on a pair of free throws from Isaac Barsh. The Titans took the lead on the next possession, an edge that they would hold the rest of the game.

The Titan lead quickly became eight points at 36-28 after another bucket from Barsh, and was four at the intermission.

Whatcom got within two on a pair of occasions in the second half, but eventually fell down by 12 and then 13 points with under three minutes to play, and by then it was too big a hole to climb out of. Tacoma hit their free throws down the stretch, eventually winning 81-73.

Josh Lord led all scores with 26 points for Tacoma. Ian Tevis had 21 points in the loss for Whatcom, who is done for the tournament.

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Maricela Aguilera is fouled on her layup
attempt in the final two minutes. Aquilera
hit the bucket and the free throw, giving
the Lakers a four point lead.
12 p.m. - SW Oregon 62 - Spokane 54 [stats

In one of the biggest turnarounds all tournament, SW Oregon flipped things upside down in the second half, coming from 19 points down to take the lead with less than three minutes to play and win by eight, 62-54.

Midway through the first half, things were fairly tight. Spokane led SW Oregon 13-12 with just over 11 minutes remaining. That's when the Lakers went ice cold and Spokane caught fire, going on a 10-0 run before SW Oregon would score again. Overall, the Sasquatch outscored the Lakers 23-5 to finish the first half up by 18 points, their largest lead being at 19 just before halftime.

Two minutes into the second half, Amelia Cook hit a three pointer for Spokane to make the lead 19 points once more, a seemingly insurmountable deficit at 40-21. Then it was SW Oregon's turn to make a run, scoring ten in a row to suddenly creep to single digits.

Spokane responded to stretch their advantage back to 15, but a bucket from Meg Berry drew the Lakers to within eight points with eight and a half minutes to play. A few minutes later, a deep three from Maricela Aguilera cut the lead to just one, part of a 16-2 run overall.

Spokane jumped back up by four at 53-49 with five minutes remaining, but from there SW Oregon allowed only one more point for the Sasquatch, ending the game on a 13-1 run, part of a 25-8 run to finish the contest. SW Oregon outscored Spokane 45-19 in the final frame for the win, which puts the Lakers into the match up for 7th place on Monday at 10 a.m. against Columbia Basin.

SW Oregon's victory guarantees a place for each of the Southern Region's four seeds, as none can now finish lower than eighth.  

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Tyrell Lewis
12 p.m. Pierce 88 - Yakima Valley 80 [stats]

Yakima Valley had chances early, leading by as many as eight points in the first half and seven in the second before Pierce came charging back to take a double digit lead and win by eight to move in to the 7th place match up.

Seven minutes in, a bucket from Lawrence Fiander capped a 6-0 run to put the Yaks up eight, but guard Tyrell Lewis was everywhere, getting and a steal and a bucket as part of a run to claw back to within a pair. Pierce took a brief lead with five and a half minutes to play in the first, and then jumped on top by as many as six points before the Yaks battled back to trail by two at halftime.

Just as in the first half, Yakima Valley got off to a hot start and led by seven with 15:34 remaining in the game on a three pointer from Montero Rice. YVCC reached seven points a few moments later, but from there it was all Pierce, as the Raiders shut down the Yaks and raced out to an 11 point lead. Yakima Valley made things interesting in the last two minutes, but Pierce hit six of seven free throws to ice the game and win 88-80 and eliminate Yakima Valley.

Lewis filled up the stat sheet for the Raiders with 22 points, 10 rebounds, five dimes and two steals, helping Pierce to stay alive to face Centralia for seventh place on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

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Brenda Bingham totaled 13 points and
10 boards for the Hawks in the win.
10 a.m. - Columbia Basin 68 - Yakima Valley 53 [stats]

In a rematch of last year's championship game, Columbia Basin emerged victorious once again, defeating the Yaks 68-53 to knock Yakima Valley from the tournament and move on in the race for seventh at the NWAACC Basketball Championships.

Yakima Valley led by six in the early going, up 10-4 after four minutes of play. CBC quickly turned things around, rallying for the tie, and then running out to a lead of their own. Hannah Depew made one of two from the line just before the break to give the Hawks and eight point halftime advantage at 31-23.

The second half was more of the same for Columbia Basin, who found themselves up by 11 just four minutes in to the period, and inched ahead by 15 on a pair of free throws by the time the final buzzer sounded.

Columbia Basin put five women in double figures, led by 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists from Sarah Higheagle. Alicia Jones pulled down 17 rebounds to go along with 10 points, a block, a steal and a dime for the Hawks, who will face the winner of the Spokane - SW Oregon game on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., fighting for seventh place.

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Van Lockett
10 a.m. - Centralia 70 - Peninsula 62 [stats]

Centralia weathered the early storm, coming back from 12 points down in the first half to win it by eight at 70-62, sending Peninsula home empty handed while moving into the 7th place game on Monday.

For much of the first period, it looked as though Peninsula was out of reach. The Pirates went on an 11-0 run to take a 13-4 lead four minutes into the first half. Centralia cut the lead to a pair, but minutes later Xavier Bazile nailed a three pointer to put the Pirates up ten with 6:29 left in the first half.

The Pirate advantage would reach 12 with less than a minute to play on a steal and layup from Gatpan Panoam, and Peninsula took a ten point lead into the locker room at 40-30.

Centralia came out on fire in the second half, going on a 12-0 run to take a two point lead after six minutes of play, which Peninsula answered to tie and take a lead of their own, but Centralia came charging back behind a block and bucket from All-Region guard Van Lockett to retake the lead for the final time.

The Blazers hit their final 12 free throws down the stretch, including eight consecutive makes for Lockett, who led Centralia to the victory with 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Centralia will play the winner of the Pierce - Yakima Valley game on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. for 7th place in the 2012 NWAACC Tournament.

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