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Championship Summaries - Day Four

2 p.m. Men: Highline 78, Skagit Valley 71 [stats]

In their best finish since winning the 2006 league title, the Highline Thunderbirds survived a closely contested game to grab third place from the hands of Skagit Valley by a score of 78-71.

In the first half, it looked as though Skagit Valley had finally found some traction, as they led by eight on a three pointer from Elijah Jordan with 9:25 to go in the period. Highline responded with 10-0 run to jump on top 28-26 with just over five minutes remaining. Skagit led by a pair at the break, but their advantage didn't last long.

Joseph Stroud put in two of his 11 points to give the Thunderbirds a 44-42 with 16 minutes left in the contest. They ran their lead to nine points a few minute later when Ben Tucakovic connected to give Highline a 58-49 edge.

The Cardinals were able to rally to cut the lead to three points at 74-71 inside the final two minutes, but the Thunderbirds were able to come away with all the big rebounds and made just as many free throws as they needed to ice the game with 16 seconds to go.

Doug McDaniel led Highline in scoring with 22 points. Tucakovic netted 17 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in the victory.

Malik Barnes had 16 points on 2-3 shooting from downtown for the Cardinals.

2 p.m. Women: Blue Mountain 71, Lane 50 [stats]

The Blue Mountain Timberwolves blew out the defending champion Titans on Tuesday afternoon, grabbing third place for the best finish in program history with a 71-50 defeat of Lane.

The Timberwolves led wire-to-wire, jumping on top 4-0 after the first 90 seconds, and never looked back. Lane never tied, and never took the lead, falling down by as many as 30 points in the second half before battling back to within 21 at the final buzzer.

Lane struggled to find a rhythm from the field, hitting just four three-pointers in 22 trys. The Titans were led by the 10 points and 12 boards of Marikah Wright.

Blue Mountain got 14 points each from MarShay Moore and Hailey Markham-Patti, who was 4-10 from three point range.

12 noon Women: Clark 80, Lower Columbia 69 [stats]

The Clark women fought off Lower Columbia to claim fifth place.

Midway through the first half, it looked like Clark might be coasting to a comfortable win over Lower Columbia, leading by 13 points and looking for more.

As it turns out, the  fifth place trophy wouldn't be won quite that easily. Lower Columbia banded together for a mighty rally to take a lead just before halftime, but Clark turned on the afterburners in the second half, leading by as many as 12 before taking the fifth place game 80-69.

The Penguins got 22 points and 11 rebounds from Brooke Bowen, as well as a perfect performance from Shantell Jackson from behind the three-point line. Jackson hit all five of her attempts for 17 points.

The Red Devils, fresh off their exhilarating victory last night, were led by the 17 points and five boards of Christian Carlson.

12 noon Men: Clark 75, Edmonds 64 [stats]

Clark poses with their fifth-place trophy after beating Edmonds.

The Clark Penguins, after finishing the season with the top-spot in the rankings and the top seed from the Western Region, took fifth place at the championship tournament, beating Edmonds 75-64 to cap their season with a victory.

The biggest story of the contest - literally - was the second rebound of the game for Triton 7-foot post Payton Pervier. With that board, Pervier broke the all-time record for rebounding at the tournament with his 70th rebound. By the final buzzer, Pervier had set the mark at 81 boards.

He also was tied for team-high scoring honors with 11 points, but the Tritons had trouble containing a balanced scoring attack from Clark. The Penguins had four players in double figures, led by Max Livingston's 16 points. Sean Price came down with 13 rebounds.

The two teams traded buckets for much of the first half, with neither squad holding an edge larger than Edmonds' seven point lead at the 13:48 mark of the initial period. Price connected on a field goal with six seconds left in the half to give the Penguins a 40-36 lead at the break.

With the beginning of the second half, everything began to fall apart for Edmonds. The Tritons didn't score for the first four minutes of the period, and found themselves down by 17 points in a flash. At the midway mark, Clark jumped on top by 18 points on a field goal from Ronalds Elksnis, but Edmonds used a 12-4 run to get within ten.

With a minute to go, they'd fought to within seven points, but it was too late. Clark hit nearly all of their free throws in the final minute to hang on and win by 11, at 75-64.

10 a.m. Women: Clackamas 67, Bellevue 47 [stats]

Clackamas finished 7th over all at the 2014 NWAACC championships..

The records just keep piling up for Clackamas sophomore Laci Effenberger. Last night, she broke the single-game scoring record for Clackamas, and the single-game scoring record at the NWAACC tourament, and in the final game at the championships, Effenberger set a new all-tournament scoring record with 112 points.

Effenberger scored 23 points to beat Bellevue 67-47, breaking the previous mark of 108 points set by Anna Marchbanks of Yakima Valley in 2010. Clackamas has now placed in their last six trips to the championship tournament, including a second place finish in 2013 and a 7th place finish at the 2014 championships.

Bellevue gave the Cougars a scare early on, taking a 6-0 lead in the first three minutes before Effenberger got Clackamas on the board with a three pointer. Effenberger scored a few seconds later and cut it to a point, but with 5:46 left in the first half, the Bulldogs were still up by five points at 21-16. Effenberger nailed another trey, this time assisted by sophomore forward Tori Wilkinson, to tie the game at 22, and when Wilkinson hit a three-pointer of her own to give the Cougars their first lead, it was the last wiff Bellevue got of an edge for the rest of the contest.

With under three minutes to play, Wilkinson came up with a steal and hit a three pointer on the break to give Clackamas a 14-point advantage. Cassidy Edwards scored the final five points for the Cougars, helping Clackamas to finish the game on a 16-2 run to win by twenty.

Effenberger's 23 points set the pace for Clackamas, who got 16 points from Edwards and 14 from Wilkinson to claim seventh.

Tayler Flemming scored 12 points for Bellevue.

10 a.m. Treasure Valley 87, Chemeketa 80 [stats]

The Treasure Valley Chukars pose with their 7th place team trophy.

It was a tale of two halves between Treasure Valley and the defending-champion Chemeketa Storm, as the Chukars battled back from a 12-point first-half deficit to get up by 11 in the second period and win by seven, defeating the Storm 87-80 to take seventh place over all at the NWAACC championships.

Chemeketa used a 14-2 run early in the first to take a 10 point lead on a three-point play from Jodan Ewell. The Chukars cut things to nine points, but a pair of free throws from Loran Ackerman gave Chemeketa their largest lead of the morning at 26-14 with just under nine minutes left in the half.

At that point, Chemeketa went from fire-storm to ice storm, stalling on offense and watching Treasure Valley race back on a 20-2 tear to take a six point lead in less than six minutes. Chemeketa held a slim 40-39 edge at the break, but momentum was all on the side of the Chukars.

40 seconds into the second period, John Fletcher nailed a three pointer and picked up a foul in process, netting the attempt at the charity stripe to give the Chukars a 41-40 lead. Two minutes later, DeSean Mattox mirrored his teammate's accomplishment to give Treasure Valley a 52-46 lead. The Storm got within one point, but could never get over the hump to take a lead of their own, surrendering by seven.

Freshman Bryce White finished with 24 points to lead Chemeketa, who takes eighth place at the tournament after winning the title in dramatic fashion a year ago.

The Chukars finished seventh, and were led by Chris Willis, who was a freight train in the post, hitting 14 of 16 free-throw attempts for a game-high 26 points.


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