Warrior women guards show way to victory in Yakima

The Warrior women open their season with a well-played 74-64 victory over Bellevue Friday in the High Hopes tourney.

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YAKIMA — Defense, rebounding and strong guard play at the offensive end were the key ingredients here Friday as Walla Walla Community College launched its women’s basketball campaign with a 74-64 victory over Bellevue at the Yakima Valley High Hopes Tipoff Tournament.


The Warriors, who outrebounded the Bulldogs 41-27, built a 10-point halftime lead, 32-22, by holding Bellevue to 36 percent shooting from the floor. Then, after the intermission, WWCC withstood the Bulldogs’ withering 60 percent field goal shooting by cashing in at the free throw line to protect the lead and secure the victory.


Walla Walla was 17-for-24 from the free throw line in the game and made 11-of-16 in the second half. Bellevue, meanwhile, got to the line just twice in the game and made both of its free throws.


"In all fairness, they were fouling us at the end because we had the lead," Warriors coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "They were able to cut the lead to five, but we made a decent amount of our free throws."


The majority of the Warriors’ offense came from a trio of guards.


Sophomore Kati Isham, the Eastern Division’s player of the year in 2008-09, led the way with 24 points. Layne Tucker, back in WWCC’s lineup after missing all of last season with an injury, added 15 points. And freshman Morgan Wolff chipped in with 14.


"Our three guards really executed well," Hazeltine said. "They were hitting their shots, and they weren’t all layins."


Sophomore post Nancy Johnson made up for a 3-for-11 shooting night by pulling down game-high nine rebounds and Isham and Tucker snagged seven boards apiece.


"We didn’t get a lot out of our offense inside," Hazeltine said. "But we blocked out well and dominated on the boards."


Neither team shot particularly well in the first half, but they both warmed up after the intermission.


"Our defense was pretty good in the first half," Hazeltine said. "We held them to six points for the longest time. But they came out in the second half and shot 60 percent against us.


"There was one stretch," Hazeltine said, "where we exchanged baskets six straight times down the court. Nobody could miss. That doesn’t happen often in women’s basketball, so we both had our moments."


Maddie Miller scored 13 points and led three Bulldogs in double figures. Alisha Love, Amy Rochowiak and Kayla Hanines totaled four rebounds each to top Bellevue’s stat list.

BELLEVUE (64) — Miller 6-7 1-1 13, Shen 2-3 0-0 4, Love 5-18 0-0 11, Sansom 1-2 0-0 2, Grayer 1-3 0-0 2, Growden 2-3 0-0 6, Sutherland 0-1 0-0 0, Michaels 0-1 0-0 0, Rochowiak 3-5 1-1 7, Lewis 4-9 0-0 11, Hanines 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 28-58 2-2 64.
WALLA WALLA (74) — Dreadfulwater 1-2 0-0 2, Kerbs 0-1 0-0 0, Wolff 5-9 2-2 14, S. Isham 0-1 1-3 1, VanderEsch 2-3 1-2 5, Tucker 4-9 5-6 15, K. Isham 8-17 7-9 24, Johnson 3-11 1-2 7, Hutcheson 1-3 0-0 2, Pickering 0-1 0-0 0, Silverthorn 1-1 0-0 2, Berghammer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-60 17-24 74.
Halftime — WWCC 32, Bellevue 22. 3-point goals — Bellevue 6-18 (Shen 0-1, Love 1-8, Growden 2-3, Lewis 3-5, Rochowiak 0-1), WWCC 5-13 (Krebs 0-1, Wolff 2-4, S. Isham 0-1, Tucker 2-4, K. Isham 1-3). Total fouls — Bellevue 21, WWCC 4. Fouled out — Bellevue (Miller). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — WWCC 41 (Johnson 9), Bellevue 27 (Hanines 4, Rochowiak 4, Love 4). Turnovers — WWCC 20, Bellevue 19. Assists — Bellevue 16 (Shen 5, WWCC 9 (Wolff 4).

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