Red-hot Warrior women down Chukars

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ONTARIO - Kati Isham hit 5-of-7 from behind the arc and finished with 24 points to lead Walla Walla Community College to a 76-50 NWAACC East Region women's basketball win here Saturday.

"We played really well," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "We haven't won here in quite a while. We needed a win here. Ten of our 12 players are from Idaho. I was glad we could play so well in front of their families."

The Warriors connected of 30-of-60 shots from the floor and had 25 assists on those 30 field goals.

Nancy Johnson added 20. Kati Isham picked up nine assists and she and Johnson each grabbed seven boards.

"Even though our top two girls did most of our scoring," Hazeltine commented. "It was a team effort. They cut it to six at halftime, but we always had control. I'm really, really pleased with the way we played."

The Warriors shot 44 percent from the floor in the first half as the Chukars hung around trailing only 35-29 at intermission.

WWCC stepped it up to shoot 57 percent, 16-of-28, over the second 20 minutes to pull away for the 76-50 win.

And the Warrior defense shut down the Chukars in the second half, only allowing TVCC to shoot 32 percent from the floor.

"Our defense was really good," Hazeltine said. "We normally don't zone anybody, but it was something I wanted to try. Then we matched up on them. They have a couple of all-conference girls, but we matched up really well with them."

The No. 2 ranked Warriors improve to 19-1 and get the chance to avenge that one loss when Yakima Valley visits the Dietrich Dome Wednesday.

"It sets up a big game on Wednesday," Hazeltine said. "It gives us a chance to play and beat them. It's for first place and a chance to avenge our only loss."

WALLA WALLA (76) - Dreadfulwater 1-4 1-2 3, Kerbs 0-0 0-0 0, Wolff 3-7 0-0 7, S. Isham 2-3 0-0 5, VanderEsch 0-2 0-0 0, Tucker 2-3 1-2 6, K. Isham 8-17 3-3 24, Johnson 9-14 2-2 20, Hutcheson 1-3 1-2 3, Pickering 1-1 0-0 2, Silverthorn 0-2 0-0 0, Berghammer 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 30-60 8-11 76.

TREASURE VALLEY (50) - Greenwood 4-8 0-0 8, Burnside 0-1 0-0 0, O'Connor 1-3 0-0 2, Dzhidzhiyeshvili 3-13 0-0 6, Driscoll 2-5 0-0 5, Clark 4-10 0-0 10, LaPierre 3-3 3-6 9, Schmidt 1-3 0-2 2, Johnson 1-4 2-4 4, Tolman 0-4 4-4 4. Totals 19-54 9-16 50.

Halftime-WWCC 35, TVCC 29. 3-point goals-WWCC 8-15 (Wolff 1-5, S. Isham 1-1, Tucker 1-1, K. Isham 5-7, Silverthorn 0-1), TVCC 3-13 (O'Connor 0-1, Dzhidiyeshvili 0-2, Driscoll 1-1, Clark 2-6, Johnson 0-2, Tolman 0-1). Total fouls-WWCC 10, TVCC 13. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds-WWCC 37 (K. Isham 7, Johnson 7), TVCC 24 (LaPierre 5). Turnovers-WWCC 8, TVCC 8. Assists-WWCC 25 (K. Isham 9), TVCC 19 (Dzhidiyeshvili).

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