Columbia Basin trips Warrior women at NWAACC Crossover

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PORTLAND - The Warrior women had the game in their hands, up 49-45 with a minute left on the only other undefeated team in the NWAACC in Columbia Basin at the league's Crossover Tournament here Sunday.

But the Hawks scored with 40 seconds left to make it a two-point game, tied it on a tough shot with 5 seconds remaining in regulation and went on to hand Walla Walla Community College a 57-55 overtime loss to claim the tournament title.

"All we had to do was get a good shot and score," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said of the final minute of regulation. "We couldn't get a shot off, and had a shot-clock violation (with the Warriors up two points) which was pretty critical."

The Warriors ran a play to Shiann Dreadfulwater the length of the floor in the final seconds of regulation.

"She got a pretty good shot, but hit the rim," Hazeltine said.

In overtime, CBC took a quick three-point lead and led until Caitlin Duncan's 3-pointer tied with a minute and a half left.

The Hawks scored with 34 seconds left, WWCC turned it over and CBC scored again for a four-point lead.

But Duncan got the inbounds pass with 5 seconds left and again cut the lead with another trey with 3 seconds left on the clock. The Warriors fouled, CBC made the first of two free throws and the fullcourt pass with a second left went out of bounds and the Hawks took the victory.

Alex Pfefferle and Caitlin Duncan led the Warriors with 17 and 14 points, respectively.

Dreadfulwater grabbed eight of WWCC's 31 rebounds, with Pfefferle nabbing seven.

"Alex and Caitlin, they oth just played really well.

Trishi Williams hit 10-of-13 field goals to lead the Hawks with 21 points, and also had five rebounds.

The problem once again for the Warriors was cold shooting, as they hit 30 percent for the game against CBC's 50 percent.

"If your look at our shooting, we shot the ball horribly and we were still in the game," Hazeltine said. "We had the opportunities to make the shot and we just didn't."

The Warriors head into the holiday break at 9-1.

"That's far and away better than I expected at this time," Hazeltine said. ""We're playing good teams teally tough, and I'm encouraged with all the freshmen we have playing."

The Warriors next travel to North Idaho in Couer d'Alene on Dec. 31.

CBC 57, WWCC 55

WWCC (55) - Dreadfulwater 4-14 0-1 0-0 8, Klarich 1-4 0-1 2, Stillar 3-11 0-0 8, Pfefferle 6-15 3-3 17, Duncan 5-11 0-0 14, Humphries 2-6 0-0 4, Edmunson 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Jensen 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 21-71 5-5 55.

COLUMBIA BASIN (57) - Williams 10-13 1-2 21, Malito 0-2 1-2 1, Jimenez 2-4 0-0 4, Stewart 0-1 0-2 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Hancock 0-1 0-0 0, Rail 1-4 0-0 2, Freeman 0-2 0-0 0, Bland 6-15 1-2 14, Walker 5-6 0-0 10, Idler 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 26-52 4-10 57.

Halftime score - CBC 28, WWCC 23. 3-point goals - WWCC 8 (Stillar 2, Pfefferle 2, Duncan 4), CBC 1 (Bland). Total fouls - WWCC 15, CBC 12. Fouled out - WWCC (Stillar). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWCC 31 (Dreadfulwater 8), CBC 37 (Williams 5). Turnovers - WWCC 16, CBC 24. Assists - WWCC 18 (Pfefferle 4), CBC 9 (Jimenez 2, Hancock 2, Bland 2).

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