Warrior women top Yakima Valley, now tied for first in Eastern Region standings

WWCC snaps Yakima Valley's 26-game NWAACC Eastern Region win streak, and pull even with the Yaks atop the division with the win.

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Walla Walla Community College's Kayla Hutcheson (34) grabs a rebound above stumbling Yakima Valley's Nicole Fenumiai (right) during the second half of their game Wednesday night.

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Kati Isham (24) dives through the key, attempting to dribble as she lays out for a loose ball on defense during the second-half of their game against Yakima Valley.

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While players clear the floor and assistant coaches gather their things, Walla Walla Community College head coach Bobbi Hazeltine reacts with fans in the crowd after beating the Yakima Valley Yaks to tie their East Region record at 9-1.

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WWCC's Nancy Johnson (33) goes up for a shot with a Yakima Valley Yak attached to her back during the second-half of their basketball game Wednesday night at the Dietrich Dome.

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Walla Walla Community College's Shelbi Isham (20) drives under tight pressure from Yakima Valley Community College defenders Lacie Finch (10 and Anna Marchbanks (15).

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The Warrior Rumble heckles the Yakima Valley Yaks after an air ball shot during the second-half of the Warriors game against the Yaks at the Walla Walla Community College Dietrich Dome Wednesday night.

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The Walla Walla Community College Warriors women's basketball team storms the floor around Shelbi Isham (20) after the buzzer sounds ending their 66-59 vicotory over the Yakima Valley Community College Yaks Wednesday night.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College entered its NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball clash with first-place Yakima Valley on Wednesday night in the Dietrich Dome with a solid hold on second place and just one game behind the front-running Yaks.

The Warriors, ranked second in the latest NWAACC poll, gave a huge and boisterous partisan crowd plenty to cheer about early when they leaped to a 21-5 lead on a Nancy Johnson basket at the 13:34 mark of the opening half.

WWCC then withstood YVC rallies both before and after halftime, and held on for a 66-59 triumph that snapped Yakima Valley's 26-game Eastern Region winning streak dating back to the 2007-08 season.

Both teams are now 9-1 in league. Walla Walla improved to 20-1 overall and the Yaks, No. 3 in the NWAACC poll, slipped to 17-5.

The Warriors twice led by 17 in the first frame. Kati Isham, who topped Walla Walla scorers with 17 points on the night, sank two free throws that gave WWCC a 29-12 lead with 9:28 on the clock. Cierra Silverthorn drained a pair of freebies with 5:51 left to make it 33-16.

YVC closed to within seven, 38-31, before Isham restored order with a 3-point field goal in the waning seconds of the period to give Walla Walla a 41-31 lead at intermission.

"We knew they were going to bring pressure," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "We did a good job spreading the floor and attacking.

"We surprised them with a four-out, one-in offense," Hazeltine said. "It's something we just put in Monday. There's not a lot of structure, but (it requires) you to go to the hole."

Yakima Valley drew to within one on two occasions in the second half - 54-53 prior to a 3-point bucket by the Warriors' Morgan Wolff with 5:41 to play, and 60-59 before Kayla Hutcheson put down a short, left-baseline jumper at the 2:29 mark that started a game-ending, 6-0 run.

Johnson ended up with 14 points and Hutcheson posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

YVC's Rosetta Adzasu led all scorers with 22 points, but it was defense against two other big guns in the Yaks' arsenal - guards Anna Marchbanks and Nicole DeRosier - that had Hazeltine smiling afterward.

"Kayla did an outstanding job on Marchbanks," Hazeltine said. "She (Marchbanks) is one of the best players in the league. Kati did a great job defending DeRosier."

Marchbanks and DeRosier were a combined 8-for-26 from the field and only 3-of-14 from outside the arc.

WWCC plays at last-place Wenatchee Valley on Saturday.

YVC (59) - Jones 2-2 0-0 5, French 3-7 0-0 8, Roe 0-1 0-0 0, Marchbanks 5-12 1-1 12, Adzasu 9-19 0-0 22, DeRosier 3-14 0-0 8, Urquhart 0-1 0-0 0, Hull 1-3 0-0 2, Fenumiai 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 24-64 1-1 59.

WWCC (66) - Dreadfulwater 0-0 1-2 1, Wolff 3-7 0-0 8, S. Isham 1-4 1-2 3, VanderEsch 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker 2-4 2-2 7, K. Isham 5-11 5-7 17, Johnson 6-11 2-4 14, Hutcheson 5-10 1-2 11, Silverthorn 0-1 3-6 3, Berghammer 0-3 2-4 2. Totals 22-51 17-29 66.

Halftime score - WWCC 41, YVC 31. 3-point goals - YVC 10-30 (Adzasu 4-11, DeRosier 2-12, French 2-2, Jones 1-1, Marchbanks 1-2, Hull 0-2), WWCC 5-11 (Wolff 2-3, K. Isham 2-5, Tucker 1-1, S. Isham 0-1, Silverthorn 0-1). Total fouls-YVC 23, WWCC 9. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds-YVC 30 (Marchbanks 7), WWCC 51 (Hutcheson 10). Turnovers-YVC 24, WWCC 29. Assists-YVC 7 (Fenumiai 2), WWCC 12 (K. Isham 5).

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