Warrior women edge Spokane in final minute

Kati Isham's three-point play with 47.5 seconds left breaks a 59-all tie and helps WWCC to the 65-64 victory Wednesday.

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WALLA WALLA - Guard Kati Isham registered a team-high 22 points, including a go-ahead, three-point play with 47.5 seconds remaining in regulation time that broke a 59-59 tie and helped lift second-ranked Walla Walla Community College to a 65-64 victory over Spokane in NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball action Wednesday night at the Dietrich Dome.

"We called that (play) in the huddle," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazetine said. "It worked."

The Warriors, winners of their last eight games, improved to a league-best 11-1 and 22-1 overall.

Spokane dropped to 7-5 and 15-8.

Following Isham's heroics, the Sasquatch closed to 62-61 on a low-post basket by Meghan Eisenmann - who tallied a game-high 28 points - with 24.6 seconds left.

Walla Walla's Layne Tucker sank two free throws after being fouled with 18.6 seconds to go and, after an Isham steal, converted another charity toss with nine seconds to make it a two-possession game at 65-61.

"Kati came up big, then made a huge steal," Hazeltine said. "Kati did some really good things."

Bianca Arellano kept Spokane's hopes for a miracle alive by sinking a 3-point shot with four seconds on the clock.

The Sasquatch had a final chance for victory after Shelbi Isham missed two freebies, but a half-court try by Eisenmann bounced off the side of the backboard as time ran out.

WWCC got off to a miserable start and trailed 8-2 just over a third of the way through the first half.

But the Warriors used a 17-4 spurt to claim a 19-12 lead just past the midway point of the first on a Tucker 3.

CCS responded with a 10-2 run to take a 22-21 edge. The teams were tied at 29 at halftime.

A Morgan Wolff 3 started a 15-6 Warrior surge late in the second half. Nancy Johnson ended the burst with a deuce in the low post at the 3:47 mark, giving Walla Walla its biggest lead of the game at 59-51.

The Sasquatch scored the next eight points to even the score to 59-59 before Isham's decisive drive.

Johnson recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

"We got our eyes opened tonight," Hazeltine said. "Spokane played really well. Give them a lot of credit. We couldn't stop their post player (Eisenmann) and they hit a lot of shots from the outside.

"I was left shaking my head, but we won."

The Warriors play their final regular-season road game on Saturday at Big Bend.

CCS (64) - Arellano 4-10 0-0 9, Tuttle 0-2 0-0 0, Spicer 0-2 0-0 0, DePaolo 0-2 0-0 0, Schuerch 4-7 0-0 8, Hull 0-1 0-0 0, Bourn 2-6 0-0 4, Sosnowski 3-4 0-0 6, Eisenmann 10-19 6-6 28, Randall 1-8 6-8 9. Totals 24-61 12-14 64.

WWCC (65) - Dreadfulwater 2-4 0-0 4, Wolff 2-6 0-1 5, S. Isham 0-0 2-5 2, VanderEsch 1-2 0-0 2, Tucker 2-8 3-4 8, K. Isham 7-17 6-6 22, Johnson 6-12 4-5 16, Hutcheson 2-2 0-0 4, Silverthorn 0-1 0-0 0, Berghammer 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 23-53 15-23 65.

Halftime score -Tied at 29. 3-point goals - CCS 4-17 (Eisenmann 2-4, Arellano 1-5, Randall 1-5, Tuttle 0-1, Spicer 0-1, Hull 0-1), WWCC 4-17 (K. Isham 2-5, Wolff 1-4, Tucker 1-6, Dreadfulwater 0-1, Silverthorn 0-1). Total fouls- CCS 21, WWCC 14. Fouled out-CCS (Bourne). Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- CCS 36 (Bourn 10), WWCC 41 (Johnson 10). Turnovers-CCS 12, WWCC 16. Assists-CCS 6 (Eisenmann 2), WWCC 10 (Wolff 3).

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