2013 NWAACC Basketball Championships – Round One

Dominique Johnson looks to pass
against Whatcom CC. Johnson led
the Penguins with 21 points.

10 p.m. – Clark 84 – Whatcom 68 [stats]

Domininque Johnson and Andrea Smith combined for 40 of Clark’s points as the West’s No. 2 seed got ahead early and pulled away late to take down Whatcom 84-68 and move into the elite eight on Sunday.

Clark got off to a hot start, as a pair of free throws by Andrea Smith gave the Penguins a 12 point lead at the 15:23 mark of the first half. Whatcom, who used just eight players in the loss, battled back to within five, but Clark stymied the run and went back up by eight at the halftime break.

The second half saw Clark continue to dominate behind the play of their jitterbug point guard, Toni Doroha. The Penguin lead quickly became 20 points with just over 11 minutes left in the contest, and again a few moments later. Bree Park hit back to back treys and a jumper to cut the lead to 12, but by then it was too late, and Clark was firmly in control.

Cambie Edwards led all scores with 21 points and tied for game high honors in rebounding for Whatcom, who falls into the consolation bracket to face Spokane at 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Clark, behind Johnson’s 21 points and six assists, will face top ranked Clackamas at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.

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10 p.m. – Spokane 82 – SW Oregon 70 [stats]

In the final first round match up, SW Oregon battled back from seven down in the first half to take several brief leads over Spokane, but ultimately slipped away and fell 82-70, putting Spokane into the second round.

A tight contest for the first several minutes, Spokane went on a 10-2 run midway through the first half to jump ahead by seven points at the 13:36 mark of the first half. Da’ Lorien Sampson hit a pair of field goals to cut the lead to three before Spokane could respond, and minutes later SW Oregon’s Dexter Williams cut it to a deuce at the free throw line.

Just before the half, Nick Scott hit a pair of free throws to tie the game, and both teams missed their three pointers in the final few seconds, leaving the teams deadlocked at 34 going into the halftime break.

Spokane and the Lakers traded baskets for the first seven minutes of the final period until Spokane jumped ahead using a 14-4 run midway through the half to take the game firmly under control. SW Oregon clawed to within four points, but clutch shooting from Spokane was just enough to maintain the lead and the final buzzer sounded with Spokane holding an 82-70 edge.

Spokane had three men in double figures, led by Brady Bagby’s 19 points and seven rebounds. The Sasquatch will play Everett, who upset the No. 1 seed from the West, on Sunday at 6 p.m.

SW Oregon drops into the consolation round and will play Pierce on Sunday evening at 10 p.m.

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Ashleigh Anderson had a double
in Clackamas’ win over Spokane.

8 p.m. – Clackamas 73 – Spokane 65 [stats]

By the end of the night, top ranked and top seeded lived up to the hype, escaping an upset with a 73-65 come from behind victory to move into the quarterfinals on Sunday at the NWAACC Basketball Championships.

Things didn’t quite start that way, however. After the initial few minutes of trading buckets, Spokane found some traction and started to stretch ahead. A 16-14 deficit for Clackamas quickly turned ugly as Spokane went on a 17-4 run to go up by 15, highlighted by a pair of back to back three pointers from Spokane’s Rylie Holsinger. By the time the hole was 15 points, most of the half had evaporated, but Clackamas went on a run to finish the period and found themselves down just six at halftime.

The second half picked up where the first left off, as Clackamas fought to tie the game and then take their first lead in almost 20 minutes of play. Spokane responded to retake the lead at the 15 minute mark of the second half, but the damage had been done and it was a game once again.

Spokane kept things neck and neck until the nine minute mark, when a bucket from Clackamas’ Alex Howe broke the tie for what would be the last time. That was the beginning of a 9-0 run for the Cougars, who found themselves up eleven, and then 13 points with 90 seconds left in the game. Spokane got points in garbage time, but not enough to make a difference as they fell 73-65 after being outscored in the second half by 14 points.

Spokane, who was led by 20 points, 10 boards and four blocks of Rylie Holsinger, drops to the consolation bracket to play the loser of the Clark – Whatcom game at 10 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Sophomore guard Ashleigh Anderson’s 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists paced Clackamas, who plays the winner of the Clark – Whatcom game at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.

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Conor Donaldson shoots for two of his
game-high 20 points in the win.

8 p.m. – Everett 89 – Pierce 80 [stats]

In the early going, things were going as expected for Pierce, on top of the No. 4 seed by six after 15 minutes at 14-8. Everett made a run to take a quick two point lead on a Connor Donaldson three pointer less than a minute later, but even at that point, it was still very much Pierce’s game. Or so it appeared.

Pierce might have been fine, but Everett never relinquished the lead. A few minutes after the lead change, Pierce fought back to tie the game, but the Trojans went on another run and pushed the lead out to 11 points at halftime.

The night just got worse for Pierce on the other side of the break. In under three minutes, they found themselves down 17 points and while the Raiders rallied several times to cut the deficit to single digits, Everett always had an answer, running back out to 17 points on a number of occasions before Pierce scrapped to within nine points in garbage time but fell as the only No. 1 seed to lose on the first day of the tournament.

Donaldson was lights out for Everett – 4 of 9 from distance for 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win, which puts Everett in tomorrow’s 6 p.m. game verses the winner of the Spokane – SW Oregon game.

Pierce falls into the consolation bracket and will play the loser of the Spokane – SW Oregon game at 10 p.m. on Sunday night.

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Caitlin Duncan

6 p.m. – Walla Walla 71 – SW Oregon 57 [stats

It seems the Walla Walla Warriors didn’t need the high octane offense of Eastern Region MVP, as Michelle Seitz scored only 11 points but saw her Warriors blow out the SW Oregon Lakers 71-57 to advance past the first round of the NWAACC Championships.

Walla Walla hit early and often for the beleaguered Lakers, who, though they boast one of the best posts in the league in Quynne Eharris, didn’t have the firepower to keep up with the Warriors, who kept the pressure on both offensively and defensively. Walla Walla hit over 46% of their shots in the first half,  including five three pointers, to race out to a 40-26 halftime lead.

The second half was more of the same for the Warriors, whose 23-3 season was the highest overall winning percentage of any team in the league. They didn’t shoot quite as well, but managed to break even with SW Oregon and finish the game with the same lead they had at the halftime break.

Caitlin Duncan had 25 points and nine boards for Walla Walla in the win, which also saw Hailey Felgenhauer pour in 21 points of her own. Walla Walla will face Skagit Valley on Sunday at 4 p.m.

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Maxwell

6 p.m. – Edmonds 75 – Lower Columbia 54 [stats]

Northern Region champion Edmonds had no trouble with the Red Devils of Lower Columbia, running away late Saturday night to win by 21 at 75-54.

Though he didn’t lead all scores, it was obvious literally from the opening tip that Edmonds’ Shaq McKissic is one of the best the NWAACC has to offer. The first play that Edmonds ran was a lob to the rim for McKissic, who only just missed and only because of a hard foul at the rim.

For the rest of the game, McKissic was everywhere. A constant threat to drive to  the rim and score, he drew double teams that opened up opportunities for his teammates, and also led Edmonds with three assists.

By halftime, things were already strongly in Edmonds’ favor, using turnovers to get out on the break and score, and the Tritons were out in front by twelve at 39-27.

The remarkable thing about Edmonds’ victory was it’s completeness. The Tritons held Lower Columbia to just 27 points in each half, and kept their foot on the gas pedal until the final few minutes when sportsmanship took over and Edmonds cruised to their 75-54 victory.

The win, behind 20 points from Riccardo Maxwell and 19 points and eight rebounds from McKissic, moves Edmonds into the second round of the Championship to face Clackamas on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Lower Columbia will take on Yakima Valley on Sunday at 8 p.m.

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Sophia Baetz drives during the game
against Lower Columbia. Baetz hit the
go ahead layup to seal the comeback.

4 p.m. – Skagit Valley 68 – Lower Columbia 66 [stats]

For a time, it seemed as though the Lower Columbia Red Devils were going to upset the No. 2 seed from the Northern Region. Then Skagit Valley, a program with one of the richest histories in NWAACC Basketball, ignited a brilliant comeback, ending in a thrilling 68-66 victory over the Red Devils.

Lower Columbia had pushed their advantage in the first half, going up by six at the halftime break, holding Skagit Valley to just 34% shooting. If not for SVC’s six treys in the first half, they would have had an even larger hole to climb out of.

By the end of the second half, things had turned around for the Cardinals, who shot 48% in the second half, and scrambled to within two points with only a few minutes remaining and the traveling fans on their feet.

Then with 20 seconds remaining, Sophia Baetz took the in bounds pass and drove toward the rim with the game tied at 66. Baetz jump, absorbed the contact, and hit the shot with just over four seconds remaining in regulation. The resulting in bounds pass was tipped away from the Red Devils and out of bounds, and by that point, too much time had run off the clock.

Behind  Baetz’ 14 points, and a team high 16 points and nine rebounds from Arie Boyd, Skagit Valley will advance to the second round to face the winner of the Walla Walla – SW Oregon game on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Lower Columbia will play the loser of the Walla Walla – SW Oregon game on Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

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Brock Lutes looks to lay the ball up
in the win over  Yakima Valley.

4 p.m. – Clackamas 80 – Yakima Valley 73 [stats]

In one of the more exciting finishes so far on the men’s side of the tournament, Clackamas held off a furious Yakima Valley rally to hold on and win 80-73, continuing their magical run that saw them win seven of their final eight games to squeak into the tournament.

Clackamas started off hot behind a number of baskets from forward Brock Lutes, who finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. The hot streak continued for Clackamas and the Cougars ended the first half with a 34-28 lead.

When Clackamas extended their lead to 10 late in the second half, and it appeared that they would run away and hide. Then, all in quick succession, Yakima hit a string of shots, all of the sudden sneaking to within two points with 7:37 remaining.

A few possessions later, Yakima hit the go-ahead, and oh how things had changed for Clackamas. One minute leading comfortably, and the next with no momentum, something had to be done. That’s when sophomore all-region guard Kirby Hawkins took over.

If Hawkins didn’t score on each possession, he at least touched the ball, getting to the rim and and the free throw line for many of his 13 attempts in the final minutes of the game, netting 31 total points – a tournament high through six games.

The win pits Clackamas against Edmonds, the top seed from the Northern Region, at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Yakima Valley will play Lower Columbia Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

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Kristen Schoenherr drives to the basket
for two of her 14 points. Schoenherr also
had seven boards and seven steals.

2 p.m. – Centralia 59 – Peninsula 49 [stats]


Behind 16 points, six boards and three assists from Italia Mengarelli, Centralia did just enough to pull away from Peninsula in the second half and win by double digits, 59-49, to advance past the Pirates and into the second round at the NWAACC Championships.

Evenly matched in almost every category, it was points off the bench that did it for Centralia, who outscored Peninsula 24-9 off the bench. Centralia also took much better care of the ball, giving up the rock only 14 times for nine Peninsula points, compared to 24 Pirate miscues for 21 Centralia points.

At first, it seemed as though Centralia, the top seed from the Western Region, would get bounced from the tournament in the first round for two seasons in a row. Peninsula had the game under control with a healthy lead midway through the first half, but Centralia wasn’t done. They put together a run to cut it back, and take the lead by halftime by one at 34-33.

The second half, as with just about every other game in the tournament so far, was completely different. Peninsula shot just 19% in the second period and were outscored 25-16. The poor shooting percentage, combined with the turnovers made Centralia too much for Peninsula, who drops into the consolation bracket to take on Yakima Valley on Sunday morning at 10 p.m.

Centralia will play second ranked Lane, the No. 2 seed from the Southern Region, on Sunday at 2 p.m.


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Calvin Molan had 11 points in the win
for Chemeketa over Walla Walla.

2 p.m. – Chemeketa 78 – Walla Walla 70 [stats]



Last seasons’ runners up needed every ounce of a big second half to come from behind and beat Walla Walla 78-70 to move on to the quarterfinals of the championship tournament.

Reigning regular-season scoring champion Case Rada had a big game, pouring in 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists to lead Walla Walla, who got off to a hot start and put pressure on the Storm early. Each team made their runs, but Walla Walla ended up with the edge at the halftime break, leading 36-33 after the first 20 minutes.

The Chemeketa Storm came out on fire in the second half, shooting nearly 60% from the field. Gavin Kauffman and Trevor Phillips came up big for Chemeketa. If Kauffman wasn’t slicing through the lane for a pretty layup, it was a step back jumper, while Phillips did his work inside, netting 19 points and six boards to lead Chemeketa.

Kauffman, a star from last year’s title game squad, had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Storm, who move on to a 2012 championship rematch with Tacoma in the second round at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Walla Walla will face Peninsula in the consolation bracket on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

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12:00 p.m.  - Lane 71 – Yakima Valley 54 [stats]

In a battle between two NWAACC giants, Yakima Valley hung around for a half before falling away and yielding to Lane, who moves on to the second round of the championship tournament with a 71-54 victory.

An exciting first half saw eight lead changes and three ties, swinging first one way, then the next. Lane went on a 7-0 run to take a four point lead after just over four minutes of play in the first half. Yakima Valley, however, turned things around and grabbed a slim lead on a pair of free throws from Sammi Jo Blodgett less than three minutes later, which evaporated on Lane’s next possession.

With nine minutes left in the half, both teams were tied at 15. That’s when Yakima went ice cold. They wouldn’t score for the next five and a half minutes, a stretch in which Lane put together a run and went up six. Yakima finally found the bottom of the bucket, but Lane held the advantage at the half, 26-21.

In the second half, things turned a little more in Lane’s favor. Three minutes in, the lead was ten at 35-25. Yakima fought back, but Lane responded and pushed their advantage out to 11 after six minutes of second half play.

Behind a greatly improved shooting percentage, Lane managed to hold off Yakima every time they advanced, having an answer for each and every challenge, eventually getting out by 17, their final advantage.

Megan Shields led all scores with 19 points, three blocked shots. Shields was 9/13 from the free throw line, part of an impressive 30/44 for the game against Yakima, who managed only 18 attempts. Lane also won while being outrebounded by 12, but had the edge in points off turnovers 23 to 10.

Lane moves on to take on the winner of the Centralia vs Peninsula game on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Yakima drops to the consolation bracket and awaits the loser of the Centralia-Peninsula match up at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning.


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12:00 p.m. – Tacoma 73-Peninsula 60 [stats]

A match up that pitted two of the last NWAACC Champions, Tacoma dominated the backboards, pulling down 18 offensive rebounds and scoring 19 second chance points to take down Peninsula and move on to the second round.

The two squads traded baskets for the first seven minutes, with six lead changes in the first half alone before Tacoma went on a 10-2 run to build a double digit lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the first period. That’s when Djuan Smith and Xavier Bazille combined for nine points in two minutes to cut the deficit to just two points. Tacoma went on a run of their own, and had regained a six point lead by halftime.

As the second half got underway, Peninsula turned on their afterburners and came charging back into contention, climbing to within one point, and eventually taking the lead on a three pointer from Smith at the 14:52 mark. On the next possession, Smith was whistled for a foul and a technical on the defensive end, and sat down with four penalties and it seemed Peninsula had lost it’s momentum.

Tacoma stayed Peninsula’s streak and built one of their own. The Titans went up five with 9:32 left, and couldn’t be caught from there.

Julian Vaughn led four Tacoma players in double figures with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Dominique Campbell netted just four points, but had 12 boards and four blocks in the win for Tacoma, who will play Chemeketa Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Peninsula will play Walla Walla in the consolation bracket on Sunday at 10 a.m.


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Channel Cambronero netted 13 points, four
assists, and four steals in the win over Tacoma.

10 a.m. – Bellevue 80 – Tacoma 53 [stats]


Bellevue got started early and were on fire from start to finish, leading wire-to-wire and by as many as 34 points en route to an 80-53 victory.

Bellevue was next to perfect in the opening minutes of the game, jumping out to a 17-1 lead after the first seven minutes, and holding Tacoma without a fieldgoal until the 12:53 mark of the first period. Bellevue held the Titans to just 18% from the field while connecting on 62% of their own shots and raced out to a 46-16 lead after the first 20 minutes.

The second half fared much better in the second half, improving their shooting to 41% overall, and hitting 4/9 from three point range. The improved scoring did nothing to slow down Bellevue, who, while they weren’t as red hot as they were in the first half, still managed to put up another 34 points in the second half and extended their lead to 30 once more shortly before the final buzzer, which saw the Bulldogs on top by 27.

Bellevue put four women in double figures, led by 14 points from Airashay Rogers and 13 points, four assists and four steals from Channel Cambronero.

Bellevue moves on to face Chemeketa a second round match up on Sunday at noon.

Tacoma will play Columbia Basin on Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

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10 a.m. – Big Bend 65 – Lane 57 [stats]

Big Bend and Lane battled back and fourth for the first half with five lead changes and three ties, but Big Bend came out in the second half on fire and pulled away in the final period to defeat Lane 65-57 and move on to the second round.

The Vikings of BBCC got things started on the right foot, taking the lead on a three pointer from Kevin Walker. Lane responded to with a 9-2 run to jump ahead by four after four minutes of play in the first period, a lead that they would relinquish moments later when Kyle Neild hit from distance to tie the game at 13.

Big Bend took a brief lead with a free throw from Eastern Region MVP Brendan Westendorf, but Lane came racing back to take a five point advantage, which Big Bend promptly erased just before the halftime break, which found Lane clinging to a 28-25 lead.

The second half belonged to the Vikings. Westendorf proved his metal by hitting from distance to tie things up in the first possession of the second half, and though both sides traded buckets for a few minutes, Big Bend eventually strung together enough points to mount a 14 point lead at 55-41. Lane cut it to 11 points, but Big Bend responded and made their advantage 18 with three and a half minutes left. Lane got points in garbage time, but it wasn’t quite enough and the Titans fell by eight, 65-57.

All-Star Brendan Westendorf led all scores in the game with 21 points, eight boards and five assists, followed by nine points and 10 boards from Lane’s Tyler Coleman.

Big Bend will play Whatcom on Sunday at noon for a chance to move on to the quarterfinals.

Lane drops into the consolation bracket and will face Centralia at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.

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Jordan Klebaum led all scores with 22
on 6-12 shooting from downtown in the
upset for Chemeketa

Chemeketa 75 – Columbia Basin 48 [stats

Last time at the Toyota Center, Columbia Basin left with a championship trophy. This year, they didn’t fare so well, running into an offensive buzz-saw from Chemeketa and falling 75-48 to see Chemeketa move on into the second round.

Chemeketa didn’t hit a shot from inside the three point line until the 17:51 mark, by which point they were already leading 9-4, and were 3-4 from downtown. The reigning champions came charging back to take an 11-9 lead on a pair of free throws from Hannah Depew, but Chemeketa took the lead back on the next posession and never looked back.

The lead grew to 13 at the nine minute mark in the first half on a three pointer from the Storm’s Hannah Fredrick, who was a perfect three of three from long range in the game for 16 points. The lead would reach 15 on a pair of Chemeketa free throws, sending Chemeketa into the halftime break up 32-17.

The second half was more of the same for the Storm, who continued to bomb away from downtown and frustrate the Columbia Basin offense, who shot just 27% from the field in the second period. Sophomore sharpshooter Jordan Klebaum hit five of her game high six three pointers in the second half, and netted a game-high 22 points.

Chemeketa, the third seed from the Southern Region, will move on to play the winner of the Bellevue-Tacoma game on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Columbia Basin falls into the left side of the bracket and fill face the loser of the Bellevue-Tacoma match up at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.


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Zach Stalin had 9 points and 12 rebounds
to help the Orcas move on to round two.

Whatcom 77 – Centralia 51 [stats]

After a close and competitive first half in the opening game of the 2013 NWAACC Basketball Championships, seventh ranked Whatcom blew out Centralia in the second half to win by double digits, 77-51.

Things started out neck and neck, and was back and fourth for the first 20 minutes. Centralia jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a shot from Miles Waggener, but Whatcom responded, eventually taking the lead a few minutes later when Zach Stalin hit from long range to put the Orcas up 8-6. Whatcom ran their lead out to 15-10 when Northern Region Freshman of the Year Kyle Impero blocked a shot on the defensive end and scored a second-chance bucket on the other end.

Centralia stormed back to take a 24-21 lead on a Jordan Dam three pointer, but a pair of successive turnovers led to six quick points for the Orcas, and a Damn shot from distance came up short to give Whatcom the 27-25 halftime lead.

The second half didn’t fare so well for Centralia. A lower scoring, defensive team from the Western Region, the Blazers weren’t able to keep up with Whatcom in the second half. Whatcom came out with guns blazing, hitting three shots from beyond the arc in the first three minutes to go up nine points, and from there they couldn’t be stopped. Centralia cut the lead to three points, but Whatcom went on a 10-2 run to go up eleven.

At the eight minute mark, Whatcom’s lead was 12 at 58-46. From there, Centralia went cold, hitting just one of their final seven shots while Whatcom kept up their hectic second half pace to stretch the lead to their largest at 26, the final margin.

Impero led all scores in the game for Whatcom, putting up 21 points, four boards, three assists, a blocked shot and a steal. Whatcom will face the winner of the Big Bend-Lane game on Sunday at Noon.

Centralia drops into the consolation bracket and will play the loser of the Big Bend-Lane game at 8 am on Sunday morning.