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Championship Summaries - Day Three

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8 p.m. Women: Columbia Basin 87, Lane 65 [stats]

Kellie Ross drives to the basket during the second half of the Hawks' semifinal victory over defending-champion Lane. Ross had 20 points in the win, tied for team-high honors.

When the defending champions started off by putting Columbia Basin in a 15-3 hole, it looked like the Hawks' run at the tournament had finally reached it's end. They'd shot just 1-10 in the opening six minutes, and thrown the ball away three times, but the Hawks - the three-time defending region champions - finally woke up.

After digging themselves a 12-point deficit in early in the first half, Columbia Basin outscored Lane by 34 points the rest of the way to knock down the Titans 87-65, and advance to their second title game in three seasons.

And it happened in a flash. Columbia Basin went on a 14-1 run, taking the lead at 17-16 on a field goal from Lacie French with 11 minutes remaining in the half. The two squads traded scores for a few minutes, but the Hawks snagged the lead when Shannon Bland assisted Courtney Nielson to make it 24-23, and Columbia Basin never let go.

By halftime, they were up by 11. Lane rallied to get within four points, but by the midway point of the second half, the Hawks had grabbed at 16-point lead on a three-pointer from Kellie Ross. With two minutes to go, the Titans finally threw in the towel, emptying the bench and surrendering to Columbia basin by 22, 87-65.

Shelby Snook led the Titans with 25 points. Lane, who beat Clackamas last March to win their fourth title since 2006, will play Blue Mountain for 3rd place on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The Hawks got 20-point games from Ross and French, who also grabbed 11 rebounds. Columbia Basin will take on Umpqua on Tuesday evening at 5:30, battling Umpqua for the 2014 womens' NWAACC championship.

8 p.m. Men: Portland 96, Skagit Valley 82 [stats]

Warren Edmondson put up 42 points in Portland's win over Skagit Valley, putting the Panthers into the title game for the first time in history.

Two years ago, the Portland Panthers went 0-24. Now, they'll be playing for the NWAACC title in just their first trip to the championship tournament in program history.

Portland bears the unusual distinction of having never lost a game at the championships, much thanks to guard Warren Edmondson, who scored a tournament-high 42 points as the Panthers beat Skagit Valley 96-82. Edmondson hit four three-pointers in the first seven minutes of the game, and never looked back, finishing 9/13 from beyond the arc.

By the middle point of the first half, the Panthers had rushed out to a 14-point lead on a field goal from CJ Easterling. The Cardinals battled to within five points, but another trey from Edmondson gave Portland an eight point edge at the break.

Nine minutes into the second half, Portland could see their dream of making the title game beginning to slip. Skagit Valley fought to within a point at 57-56, and took the lead a few seconds later on a free throw from Dustin Watts to lead 60-59, taking the air out of Portland's playoff run.

Or so it seemed. The Panthers went on a 13-0 run, capped by five consecutive points from Edmondson, to take a 12 point lead with just under six minutes to go. Skagit Valley was able to cut it down to eight, but Edmondson was unstoppable down the stretch, scoring nine points in the last minute and eight seconds, ensuring that Portland would indeed battle for the league title the following evening.

Skagit Valley, who got an unlikely upset of top-ranked Clark on Sunday night to make the semifinals, was led by the 16 points, nine assists and six rebounds of Elijah Smith. The Cardinals will take on Highline on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. to decide 3rd place.

The Panthers, other than Edmondson's offensive tear, got a big 22 points and game-high 12 rebounds from Josh Turner and 13 points from CJ Easterling. Portland will tip off with Pierce at 8 p.m. in the 2014 NWAACC men's title game.

6 p.m. Women: Umpqua 85, Blue Mountain 68 [stats]

Ashlie Payne fights her way to the basket during the Riverhawks' victory over Blue Mountain. Payne finished with 16 points and nine boards.

An 85-68 victory over Blue Mountain made it accademic: the Umpqua Riverhawks will play for their first NWAACC championship since they won the competition in 2000.

The first half, though, was anything but a blowout. Umpqua jumped on top by six points at 13-7, and again at 20-14 with 9:53 to play in the initial period, but the Timberwolves responded by going on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 22 points. They then went on to take a six point lead of their own, thanks to a 16-4 run.

Umpqua caught the Timberwolves by the end of the first, eventually taking a slim lead before Rachel Sample nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Riverhawks a 40-36 halftime advantage.

The woes for Blue Mountain started with the beginning of the second period and got steadily worse. Kyndal Charleston hit a three pointer to give Umpqua a nine point lead less than a minute in, and with less than 14 minutes to play, the Riverhawks had stretched their lead to 16 points on long shot from Asia Smith.

The advantage reached 21 with another bucket from Smith, and with little more than ten minutes remaining, there was little going back. The Timberwolves fought to within 13 points inside the final minute, but their rally was too little, and far too late.

MarShay Moore led all scores with 26 points for the Timberwolves, who will face the loser of the Lane-Columbia Basin semifinal on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Charlston had 25 points for Umpqua, but the real difference maker was Smith, who scored 15 points and came down with 19 rebounds. Umpqua will take on the winner between Lane and Columbia Basin in the NWAACC championship game on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.

6 p.m. Men: Pierce 77, Highline 71 [stats]

Isaac Barsh follows a shot in the second half of the Raiders' win. Barsh led all scores with 18 points.

Thanks to a six point victory over Highline, the Pierce Raiders will advance to the NWAACC championship game for the first time since 2011.

The Thunderbird will play tomorrow for third place after a night's rest, but they might have a few bad dreams about Raider guard David Baze.

Baze took one shot in the first half, and missed it. In the second half, he was on fire, hitting five of seven, including back-to-back three pointers to put the Raiders up by 16 points at the halfway mark of the second period. Baze finished with 15 points in the victory, including the final three points from the freethrow line to ice the game in the final seconds.

The thing is, it needed icing. Pierce led 59-43 with 10:10 to go, but Highline wasn't about to lie down. Ben Tucakovic nailed a three pointer, and then assisted on a trey from Jimmy Keum. A minute later, Joseph Stroud hit a pair from the free throw line, and the Thunderbirds were within 10 points. With four minutes to play, Doug McDaniel got out on the break and scored, pulling Highline to within four points - their closest vantage point since the 10:04 mark of the first half.

Shortly thereafter, Stroud made it three points, hanging in the air to get the shot to fall and picking up the foul in the process.

That, though, would be the end of Highline's rally. Isaac Barsh stole the ball and got a layup on the other end, capping a quick flurry from Pierce to go back up by nine points, and the Thunderbirds weren't able to find an answer.

Stroud led Highline with 15 points in the loss, followed by McDaniel with 14 points and 10 boards. Highline will play at 2 p.m. on Tuesday for third place.

Barsh led all scores with 18 points, and collected nine rebounds. Devin Matthews had a big night on the boards, nabbing 12 rebounds for Pierce. The Raiders will take on the winner of the Portland-Skagit Valley semifinal on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. to decide the 2014 NWAACC champion.

4 p.m. Women: Lower Columbia 67, Spokane 66 [stats]

Arinesha Smith scores the go ahead layup, putting Lower Columbia on top of Spokane 67-66.

It's a game that many of the Red Devils will remember far after their basketball careers are over. Down seven points with just over three minutes remaining, Lower Columbia was able to put together a run to come back and beat Spokane by a point, getting the go-ahead bucket with less than 60 seconds to play. Arinesha Smith's layup prooved to be the daggar, putting the Red Devils on top 67-66.

The fantastic finish overshadows a huge performance from Spokane forward Morgan Freeman, who scored 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the contest, picking up the slack for star Riley Holsinger, who was forced to leave the game with an injury with 4:57 left in the first half.

Niether team held a lead bigger than five points in the first half, and though Lower Columbia went on a quick six-point flurry, the Sasquatch held a 33-32 advantage at the break.

Spokane jumped on top early in the second half, leading by six points after just three minutes of play in the period. They pushed their advantage to eight just a few minutes later and led by eight once again with just under six minutes to play. As the game neared it's finish, it looked as though Spokane would have just enough firepower to hold off a late rally from Lower Columbia, leading 64-57 with 3:12 left in regulation.

Lower Columbia had other plans.

Smith converted a three-point play, cutting it to four points, but Freeman was there for Spokane with a bucket to keep the Sasquatch ahead by six. A minute later, Smith dished to teammate Christian Carlson, who swished a three-pointer to put the Red Devils within striking distance. Kaylea Knox hit a pair from the line just after the two-minute mark, and with just over a minute remaining, Smith came up with a huge block to deny Spokane's Briana Anderson.

The game-winner was an afterthought, at that point, but Smith connected to give the Red Devils their first lead since the opening seconds of the second half. A desperation shot from Spokane's Karlee Martin came up well short, bringing Lower Columbia off the bench to celebrate their thrilling victory.

Aside from Freeman's 30-point game, the Sasquatch had just one other player in double figures, Briana Anderson with 10 points and 10 boards.

Smith led the Red Devils from the field, scoring a team-high 16 points to put Lower Columbia in a battle with Western Region foe Clark. The pair will face off on Tuesday at noon to decide 5th place.

4 p.m. Men: Clark 80, Bellevue 70 [stats]

Sean Price shoots over the Bellevue defense.

Clark put five players in double figures, including Sean Price with 17 points and 13 boards, to beat Bellevue 80-60 and advance to the 5th place game on Tuesday at noon against Edmonds.

The Penguins got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 10-point lead at the midway mark of the first half, and with less than five minutes to play in the initial period, Clark got a three pointer from Max Livingston to make it a 16-point advantage. Clark led by 17 points a few minutes later, but Bellevue sophomore Austin O'Keefe hit from distance as time wound down to make it a 14-point halftime edge for Clark.

Three minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs cut it to seven points on another trey from OKeefe and move to within 57-51 after five minutes of second-half play. As the second-half stretched on, though Clark found a new gear on defense and held Bellevue scoreless for nearly five minutes as they went back up by 12 with eight minutes to go.

With time becoming a factor, Bellevue needed a big offensive possession. They trailed by nine points with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, and they found exactly what they needed. The Bulldogs were able to snag an offensive board, and passed out to Reggie Clinton, who nailed a three pointer to bring Bellevue within six. A few seconds later, OKeefe scored and picked up a foul, but his free throw clanked off the back iron, leaving the Bulldogs down by four points.

Clark responded, scoring the next four in a row, and eventually pushing their advantage to 10 points as the game reached into the final minute.

OKeefe had a big game for Bellevue, leading the Bulldogs with 22 points and six rebounds.

In addition to Livingston's team-high 17 points and 13 boards, the Penguins got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Kyle Thurston in the win.

2 p.m. Clark 64, Walla Walla 56 [stats]

Sophomore Nicolette Bond scored the final seven points of the game to help Clark beat Walla Walla.

Sophomore guard Nicolette Bond played savior for Clark scoring the final seven points to help the Pengins push past Walla Walla 64-56 and stave off elimination and move into tomorrow's 5th place game at noon.

It had been a close contest from start to finish, save a handful of brief 10-point leads for Clark midway through the first half. Andrea Smith collected her own miss and scored a few seconds later with 7:35 remaining in the game to give the Penguins an eight point edge, but it quickly evaporated. Walla Walla got a three pointer from Karli McHone with just under four minutes to play, cutting the lead to 57-55, and a minute later, MeShel Rad was on the free throw line with a chance to tie the game up. The first free throw was good, but the second rattled out, leaving Clark to nurse their one-point lead with 2:28 left.

That's when Bond - Nicolette Bond - got to work. She nailed a three pointer to give Clark a four point edge, grabbed an essential defensive rebound after a strong defensive possession, and then hit all four of her free throws inside the final minute to ice the game.

Bond led all scores with 23 points, and pulled down eight boards. Shantell Jackson scored 14 points for Clark.

Walla Walla was led by 18 points from McHone, and will leave the tournament having finished 1-2.

2 p.m. Men: Edmonds 92, Spokane 70 [stats]

Payton Pervier can break the all-time NWAACC tournament rebounding record with just two boards in the Tritons' next match up.

In 2011, when Clackamas was on their way to their second consecutive NWAACC title, superstar post Chehalis Tapscott finished the tournament with 69 total rebounds, a tournament record.

Through three games, including Edmonds' 92-70 win over Spokane on Monday afternoon, Triton seven-footer Payton Pervier has 68. Pervier finished the victory over Spokane with 19 points and 25 rebounds, and will snap the tournament record with a pair of boards in the Tritons' game on Tuesday at noon, where Edmonds will battle the winner of the Clark-Bellevue game for fifth place overall.

Edmonds put four men in double figures in the victory, but things were close for much of the first half. The Tritons led by seven at the break, scoring the final points of the period to hold a 47-40 edge at the halftime buzzer.

Spokane started to bury themselves in the first few minutes of the second half. The Sasquatch didn't score until they'd played more than three and a half minutes, during which time the Tritons had jumped on top by 16 points at 56-40. Spokane battled to within nine points on a putback bucket from Swinn Hanson with 13 minutes to go, but Edmonds scored the next 11 points to push their lead to 18 points at the midway mark of the second half.

By the time the starters were pulled with little more than two minutes to go, the game was far out of hand. Edmonds led by 21 points, and by 24 points on a three pointer from Mitchl Pohrman before winning by 22

In addition to Pervier's monster performance, the Tritons got solid contributions from Badhasa Margarsa, who netted 18 points and dished eight assists.

Hanson led all scores, putting up 25 points for Spokane in the loss.

12 noon Women: Bellevue 61, Chemeketa 58 [stats]

Airashay Rogers finished with 13 points, four assists and two steals in the Bulldogs' win over Chemeketa.

Chemeketa made a game of things, coming from 20 points down in the second half to get within five, but their rally was too little too late. Bellevue held on, forcing the Storm to commit turnovers and hitting their free throws to beat Chemeketa 61-58 and knock the Storm from the tournament.

The Storm went several minutes at a time without scoring in the first half, fumbing the ball away and struggling to slow the Bellevue offense. The Bulldogs scored quick and easy, taking their first 20-point lead just before the four-minute mark of the first half, and they led by 18 at the break.

Bellevue was up by 20 points once again after six minutes of play in the second half, but that's when Chemeketa began to make their move. The Bulldogs went ice cold, missing all their attempts until Tayler Flemming finally connected from deep with 10 minutes remaining in the game, but the Storm already had momentum.

Forward Irma Savoy collected a rebound with just over three minutes left and took it end-to-end, scoring a layup to pull the Storm within ten points for the first time since the first half. Savoy scored the next six in a row for Chemeketa, eventually fighting to within five points at the 1:45 mark, but the Bulldogs responded with several quick buckets to get back up by eight inside the final minute, and the Storm could never recover.

Savoy led all scores with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Chemeketa. McKenzi Benedict nabbed 12 rebounds.

Flemming led with 16 points for Bellevue, who will have their hands full in a 10 a.m. match up against Clackamas on Tuesday morning for 7th place.

12 noon Men: Chemeketa 83, Big Bend 77 [stats]

Jalen Schlegel had 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in the win over Big Bend.

All the offensive firepower from Brendan Westendorf, who led the league in scoring during the regular season, wasn't quite enough to slip past Chemeketa, as the Storm were able to hold on and knock Big Bend from the tournament with an 83-77 victory in the noon game at the NWACC championships.

As the game neared the final stretch of the second half, it looked like there might be a reversal of last years' tournament thriller, when Chemeketa came from 22 points down to knock off Big Bend 66-65 and advance to the title game, which they won.

Midway through the first half, the Storm held a 15-point lead on a field goal from Loran Ackerman, running off a missed free throw on the other end. Big Bend cut the lead to three points early in the second period, but with seven minutes left in the game, Chemeketa was back up by double digets.

Big Bend made six of their next seven shots, including four points from Westendorf and four from post Shawn Spencer. With 2:39 to play, Kevin Walker collected a missed three pointer and scored, pulling the Vikings to within a pair at 77-75. However, there would be no revenge for Big Bend, as Chemeketa was able to force misses from beyond the three point line in the final seconds and escape with a six point victory.

Westendorf flirted with a triple double, finishing with a game-high 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the loss.

Adam Westfall and freshman Bryce White each had 17 points for Chemeketa, who will move on and play on Tuesday at 10 a.m. for 7th place.

10 a.m. Women: Clackamas 90, Skagit Valley 58 [stats]

Laci Effenberger scored 42 points, breaking a Clackamas single-game scoring record, and setting a new single-game tournament record.

It’s difficult to tell where the Clackamas Cougars might be without sophomore star Laci Effenberger, who scored 42 points in the Cougars’ 90-58 victory over Skagit Valley. The win puts the Cougars in the 7th/8th place game on Tuesday morning against the winner of the Chemeketa-Bellevue game.

Effenberger’s 42 points are a new all-time tournament-high. It’s also a new Clackamas single-game scoring record, as 42 points was enough to break current co-head coach Kayla Steen’s 2002 record of 38 points. Effenberger was 8/14 from three point range, and contributed five rebounds, five assists and three steals to the win.

Skagit Valley took an early 4-0 lead and was able to take a 21-11 lead at the 14:23 mark of the first half, but it was all Clackamas from that point on. The Cougars went on a 14-2 run to take a 10 point lead with less than four minutes remaining in the period. Effenberger scored her 19th point at the close of the first half to give Clackamas a 19-point lead at the break.

Effenberger hit her first trey less than a minute into the second half, and the rout was on. Another three-pointer with less  than 14 to play put the Cougars up by 18, and a putback from Lauren Lindley with under four minutes left broke Clackamas into 30-point lead for the first time.

Clackamas got 19 points from Cassidy Edwards to go along with Effenberger’s history game, and the Cougars will look to end their season on yet another high note with a victory in the fight for seventh place on Monday morning at 10 a.m.

Sydney Brown led Skagit Valley with 17 points.

10 a.m. Men: Treasure Valley 72, Whatcom 49 [stats]

The Whatcom Orcas got 22 points from high-scoring threat Kyle Impero, but it wasn't nearly enough to get past Treasure Valley, who got 22 points from Chris Willis and 22 points off their bench to defeat the Orcas by 23 and send Whatcom home having gone 1-2 at the championship tournament.

Treasure Valley, on the other hand, will match up with the winner of the Chemeketa-Big Bend game on Tuesday in the 7/8th place game.

The Chukars took an early advantage at 12-6 after six minutes of play, but Whatcom showed why they were in contention for a Northern Region championship down the stretch, going on a quick run to get within a point with 12 mintues left in the first half. That's where their push fizzled out, however, and Treasure Valley was able to run their lead to double digets with a bucket from Willis to go up 34-23.

The Orcas closed the half with a flurry, but Treasure Valley was able to withstand the run, eventually getting another three pointer from Willis to push their lead out to 48-35 with 13:07 remaining in the contest. Whatcom was able to cut it to nine points with 12 minutes to go, but Treasure Valley ended the game on a 24-10 run to win comfortably and send Impero, one of the league's best scorers, home from the tournament having never reached his scoring average of nearly 30 points.

Willis had three rebounds and four assists to go with his team-high 22 points. John Fletcher had 11 points for the Chukars, who will play once again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday to decide 7th place.

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