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2013 NWAACC Basketball Championships - Day Four

2 p.m. - Skagit Valley 76 - Chemeketa 51 [stats]

With star guard Jordan Klebaum sitting on the bench with a knee injury, Chemeketa didn't have the firepower to keep up with the Cardinals, and fell to Skagit Valley 76-51. The Skagit Valley Cardinals finished 3rd at the NWAACC Championships, followed by the Chemeketa Storm in 4th.

Skagit Valley used a 15-2 run early in the first half to take a 22-7 lead. A few minutes later, the deficit would reach 17 points on field goal from Nanaya Miki. Chemeketa cut into the lead, but the Cardinals were able to hold off the rally until Briana Stacona connected from distance and then Hannah Fredrick collected a steal and the breakaway layup with six seconds remaining to cut it to 12 points at the break.

The Storm cut it to ten, but Skagit Valley quickly ran their lead out to 20 points, leading by as many as 27 in the final period before winning by 25 points to take 3rd in the tournament by a final score of 76-51.

Laken McClelland led the Cardinals with 23 points and 12 boards. Sophia Baetz had 20 points and eight rebounds for Skagit Valley. Both were selected to the All-Tournament team.


2 p.m. - Spokane 94 - Big Bend 85 [stats]

It was a three-point contest between Spokane and Big Bend on Tuesday afternoon, with Spokane coming out on top 94-85 to take third place overall at the 2013 NWAACC Championships.

In the end, it was the inside game that won it for Spokane, who hit 62% of their shots from inside the arc and outscored Spokane in the paint 46-30, largely thanks to forward Brady Bagby, who was 11/12 from inside for 32 points and 10 boards to lead Spokane.

Eastern Region Freshman of the Year Brendan Westendorf, who along with Bagby was selected to the All-Tournament team, hit a pair of three pointers to start off the scoring for Big Bend. Big Bend didn't score a two point bucket for over two minutes, and shot 15/38 from distance in the game. Westendorf led the Vikings with a tournament high 36 points off of 5/8 from three point range.


12 p.m. - Bellevue 62 - Clark 61 [stats]

In a back and fourth game of extremes, both Bellevue and Clark held leads of 10 points before Bellevue grabbed a five point lead late and held on to win by one, claiming fifth place overall at the 2013 NWAACC Basketball Championships.

It was Clark's turn to jump ahead first, and the Penguins led 10-3 after three and a half minutes, but their edge wouldn't last for long. Bellevue raced back to tie the game at 14, and continued their 14-3 run to take a seven point lead. With five minutes left in the first, Bellevue's advantage reached 10 at 29-19 but Clark cut it to one in two minutes before falling behind to trail 39-35 at the halftime break.

After intermission, things flipped yet again, as Clark came out on a 17-3 run to take a 10 point lead of their own at 52-42, but the Penguins couldn't maintain the momentum and watched Bellevue go on a 20-5 run to go up five with just over five minutes remaining in the contest.

Clark scored four to make it close, but not close enough as Bellevue clung to the advantage and finished on top 62-61 to take fifth.


12 p.m. - Everett 70 - Tacoma 62 [stats]

Everett put five men in double figures and out rebounded the defending champion Titans 57-42, knocking off Tacoma by eight at 70-62 to take fifth place at the championship tournament.

Everett led by one after one, despite shooting a dismal 27% from the field compared to Tacoma's 42%. In the second half, the Trojans finally heated up, hitting 55% of their shots and outscoring Tacoma 40-33 in the period to beat out the Titans 70-62.

Point guard Josh Lord lead Tacoma with 18 points. The Titans, who won the NWAACC title a season ago, finished sixth in 2013.

Everett, who upset the West's No. 1 seeded Pierce in the first round, finishes fifth.


10 a.m. - Columbia Basin 71 - SW Oregon 56 [stats]

The Hawks of Columbia Basin got started midway through the first half, and continued into the second, hardly slowing down and getting up by as many as 19 points en route to a 15 point victory to claim 7th place over all at the 2013 NWAACC Tournament.

With just over seven minutes remaining in the first, Columbia Basin broke a 22-all tie and went on a 15-2 run to lead by 13 and hold an eleven point edge at halftime.

The second period only saw CBC extend their advantage, stretching things to 19 points on a bucket from Sierra Higheagle after less than six minutes in. The Hawks jumped out by 19 twice more before SW Oregon stung buckets together to cut it to 11, but by that point it was too late for the Lakers. Columbia Basin all the right shots down the stretch to win by 15 and finish in 7th.

Kelsey Yenney led Columbia Basin with 20 points. Quynne Eharris paced SW Oregon with 20 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Lakers, who claimed 8th place with the loss.


10 a.m. - Centralia 63 - Pierce 60 [stats]

By the time the first half was done, it looked like Pierce, who was upset in the first round as the No. 1 seed from the West, was going to blow out Centralia in the last day of the tournament. The second half told a different story, as the Blazers came from 19 down to knock off the Raiders and take 7th place by storm.

Pierce found instant success, scoring the first seven points of the ball game and eventually going up ten at 12-2 after just eight minutes of play. With 5:44 remaining in the first frame, Pierce had jumped ahead by 18 points and a minute later made their advantage 19 before Centralia rallied with a 13-4 run to climb within ten at halftime.

Centralia picked right up where they left off in the first half coming out of the locker room, going on a 10-0 run to tie the game with nearly three minutes gone in the period. The Blazers went up six on a deep three from guard Van Lockett, but Pierce put together a run of their own, going on a 15-1 run to get up by eight points with less than nine minutes to play.

Then the Weggener brothers took over, Mozeek and Miles combining for eight points, six boards three assists and a block over a five minute period to help Centralia go on a 12-2 run to take a two point lead with a little less than four minutes remaining. Zach Carras hit a pair from the line and the desperation three was off for Pierce, giving Centraliathe 63-60 victory for 7th place.

Lewis filled up the stat sheet with 25 points, 12 boards, five assists and three steals for Pierce, who takes 8th place in the 2012 tournament.

Carras led Centralia with 17 points. The 7th place finish is the first time that Centralia has placed since 2006, when the Blazers finished 5th at the tournament.


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