WWCC women complete three-game tourney sweep to open hoops season

With Yakima's defense designed to stop Kati Isham, Warriors post Nancy Johnson erupts.

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YAKIMA -- After two non-productive offensive games to begin the season, Nancy Johnson, Walla Walla's all-Eastern Division center, exploded upon the scene here Sunday during the final round of the Yakima Valley High Hopes Tipoff Tournament.

Johnson, who had been limited to 11 points combined in the Warriors' first two games of the women's basketball tourney, poured in 34 points and added 10 rebounds as WWCC defeated the host Yaks 82-74 to complete a three-game tournament sweep.

The Walla Wallans opened their season here Friday with a 74-64 victory over Belleuve and then ran their record to 2-0 on Saturday by defeating a squad of Yakima Valley alumni by a 70-63 margin.

Johnson, a 5-foot-10 sophomore post out of Idaho Falls, Idaho, connected on 15-of-24 shots from the floor and was 4-for-5 from the free throw line to account for the biggest scoring night of her career. She played all but 27 seconds of the game.

Layne Tucker followed with 16 points, giving the sophomore guard 40 points for the tournament in her return to Warrior basketball after missing all of last season with an injury. And Kati Isham, WWCC's Eastern Division most valuable player from a year ago, contributed 11 points one night after going off for 37 points in Walla Walla's victory over the Yakima alumni squad.

Isham finished the her three-game tournament run with 72 points.

"They (Yaks) were doing everything they could to stop Kati," Warriors coach Bobbi Hazeltine said of Yakima's defensive strategy. "They were playing box-and-one, double-team, chasing her. The whole plan was to stop Kati.

"And that left the middle of our offense wide open, and we did a good job of getting the ball inside to Nancy. She got a lot of shots and a lot of points. She even missed some shots. But they were guarding our perimeter and we did a nice job of finding her -- and right away, too.

"It was not like, 'Oh, my gosh! They are taking away Kati.' She knew. She's a great passer. We drew up some stuff for the rest of the offense, and this time it happened to be Nancy's turn. We have a lot of weapons."

Yakima got 21 points from Nicole DeRosier, who was 5-for-14 from behind the 3-point arc but 8-for-21 overall, but no other Yak player broke into double figures. Kate Urquhart had seven rebounds for the Yaks, who lost the battle on the boards by a 44-31 margin.

The Warriors built a 42-27 advantage but had to fight off the Yaks in the second half.

In Saturday's victory, Isham drilled 5-of-8 3-pointers, was 13-for-25 shooting overall and was the only Warrior in double figures.

"Kati was on fire in the first half," Bobbi Hazeltine said of Isham's Saturday onslaught. "She scored 23 out of our 36 points in the 1st half. Then the YVC alumni shut her down."

Isham, who never left the floor until fouling out in the final minute, added four steals and five rebounds to her line.

Tucker and Kayla Hutcheson scored ine points apiece.

The Warriors won the rebounding battle 44-40, with freshman Cierra Silverthorn leading the way with nine boards.

The Warriors get Thanksgiving week off and return to action Dec. 4-5 when they host the Warrior Classic in the Dietrich Dome.

"We've got some things to work on," Hazeltine said. "Especially on defense. I liked our offensive production, and I thought we played really hard.

"There are a lot of positives we can take out of this first weekend."

WWCC 82, YAKIMA 74

WALLA WALLA (82) -- Dreadfulwater 1-2 0-0 3, Wolff 0-3 0-0 0, S. Isham 2-2 0-0 5, VanderEsch 0-1 0-0 0, Tucker 5-8 4-7 16, K. Isham 3-12 4-4 11, Johnson 15-24 4-5 34, Hutcheson 4-9 0-0 8, Silverthorn 1-3 2-2 4, Berghammer 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 31-65 15-21 82.

YAKIMA (74) -- Jones 2-5 2-4 6, French 4-9 0-0 9, Roe 1-1 0-0 2, Huck 2-3 1-1 6, Gray 1-1 0-0 3, Marchbanks 4-10 0-0 8, DeRosier 8-21 0-0 21, Urquhart 2-5 1-2 5, Fenumiai 6-9 2-2 14. Totals 30-64 6-9 74.

Halftime -- WWCC 42, Yakima 27. 3-point goals -- WWCC 5-10 (Dreadfulwater 1-1, Wolff 0-2, S. Isham 1-1, Tucker 2-3, K. Isham 1-3); Yakima 8-23 (Jones 0-2, French 1-3, Huck 1-1, Gray 1-1, Marchbanks 0-2, DeRosier 5-14). Total fouls -- Yakima 18, WWCC 8. Fouled out -- Yakima (Jones). Technical fouls -- none. Rebounds -- WWCC 44 (Johnson 10), Yakima 31 (Urquhart 7). Turnovers -- Yakima 14, WWCC 12. Assists -- Yakima 10 (French 3, Marchbanks 3), WWCC 5 (Tucker 2).

WWCC 70, YAKIMA ALUMNI 63

WWCC (70) SEmD Dreadfulwater 2-5 0-0 4, Kerbs 0-0 0-0 0, Wolff 0-2 0-1 0, S. Isham 0-1 0-0 0, VanderEsch 0-2 1-2 1, Tucker 2-8, 1-2 9, K. Isham 13-25 6-9 37, Johnson 2-8 0-0 4. Hutcheson 4-5 1-2 9, Pickering 0-0 0-0 0, Silverthorn 2-4 0-2 4, Berghammer 0-1 2-2 2

YVCC (63) SEmD Bravard 0-1 0-0 0, Mengarelli 3-14 4-6 11, Parrott 2-5 0-0 4, Borton 6-13 2-4 14, Hansen 1-2 0-0 3, Honn 2-7 0-0 4, Morrison 6-12 1-3 15, Clark 4-12 0-0 10, Carlos 0-1 2-2 2.

Halftime -- WWCC 36, YVCC 24; 3-point goals -- WWCC 6-12 (Wolff 0-1, Tucker 1-2, K. Isham 5-8, Johnson 0-1 ), YVCC 5-19 (Bravard 0-1, Mengarelli 1-5, Hansen 1-1, Honn 0-1, Morrison 1-3, Clark 2-7, Carlos 0-1). Total fouls -- WWCC 20, YVCC 15 Fouled out-- WWCC (K. Isham), YVCC (none). Technical fouls--none. Rebounds-- WWCC 44 (Silverthorn 9), YVCC 40 (Borton 13). Turnovers -- WWCC 19, YVCC 16 . Assists-- WWCC 4 (Wolff 1, S. Isham 1, VanderEsch 1 , K. Isham 1), YVCC 5 (Clark 3).

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