Isham quells Storm with 34-point show

WWCC's sophomore guard is the difference in Friday's 86-60 Warrior Classic victory over Seattle.

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WWCC's Kati Isham (24) grits her teeth and drives past Seattle defenders during the second half of Friday night's Warrior Classic women's basketball game in the Dietrich Dome. Isham scored 34 points and led the Warriors to an 86-60 victory over the Storm.

WALLA WALLA — A 26-1 run during a nine-minute stretch in the first half Friday night helped Walla Walla Community College’s women’s basketball team rally from an early 11-point deficit and cruise to an 86-60 victory over Seattle in the opening session of the annual Warrior Classic in the Dietrich Dome.


Guard Kati Isham tallied 34 points for the winners. Isham — who hit 13-of-17 shots from the field and 6-of-7 free throws — picked up a majority of her points (20) in the first half.


In another women’s contest played Friday, Blue Mountain defeated the Walla Walla CC Alumni, 71-44.


The classic wrapped up Saturday with Blue Mountain playing Seattle and WWCC opposing the Walla Walla Alums.


Seattle jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 1:07 of Friday’s opening half and raised its margin to 11, 20-9, when DaeVeonna Munson knocked down a 3-pointer at the 15:11 mark.


But the Warriors scored the next 13 points — with the final two coming on free throws by Layne Tucker with 11:51 left in the half.


WWCC completed its spurt with 6:48 on the clock as Morgon VanderEsch completed a three-point play that put the Warriors in front by 14, 35-21.


Walla Walla withstood a late Storm rally and settled for a 10-point cushion, 49-39, at intermission.


Isham continued her solid play in the second half as the Warriors continued to build on their lead and twice led by 26 points late in the frame. The latter time came when the final buzzer sounded.


"We had some moments where we looked really good," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "I haven’t figured this team out.


"We know we have a good guard," Hazeltine said of Kati Isham. "Hopefully, she won’t have to carry us every night. We’re lucky to have her. She created a lot of stuff. She’s a quality ball player."


VanderEsch added 14 points and Nancy Johnson scored 10 for the Warriors.


Six-foot-3 center Laura Fuller had 19 points to lead the Storm. Candace Grettenberger chipped in with 16 and Munson chalked up 11.


"We saw them a couple of weeks ago," said Hazeltine. "I didn’t know they could shoot like that (6-of-11 from 3-point range in the first half). We knew their size would be a problem.


"It was good for us to play a team like that."

SEATTLE (60) — Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, Grettenberger 5-13 4-7 13, Munson 3-9 2-2 11, Carlow 1-3 0-2 3, Halingstad 0-0 0-0 0, Buhl 2-3 0-0 5, Mendoza 2-4 1-2 5, Ford 0-2 1-2 1, Fuller 6-12 7-9 19, Dotson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 15-24 60.
WWCC (86) — Dreadfulwater 2-7 1-2 5, Kerbs 0-3 0-0 0, Wolff 0-0 0-0 0, S. Isham 0-1 2-2 2, VanderEsch 6-9 2-2 14, Tucker 1-3 2-2 4, K. Isham 13-17 6-7 34, Johnson 5-12 0-1 10, Hutcheson 4-5 1-3 9, Pickering 0-0 0-0 0, Silverthorn 1-2 3-4 5, Berghammer 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 33-63 18-25 86.
Halftime score — WWCC 49, Seattle 39. 3-point goals — Seattle 7-19 (Munson 3-6, Grettenberger 2-8, Buhl 1-1, Carlow 1-2, Mendoza 0-1, Dotson 0-1), WWCC 2-6 (K. Isham 2-4, Kerbs 0-1, Tucker 0-1). Total fouls—Seattle 22, WWCC 22. Fouled out—WWCC (Wolff). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—Seattle 28 (Fuller 7), WWCC 47 (Johnson 7). Turnovers—Seattle 27, WWCC 20. Assists—Seattle 8 (Munson 4), WWCC 14 (K. Isham 4).

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