Warrior sophs shine in victory

Kati Isham, Nancy Johnson and Layne Tucker combine for 49 points in the 79-47 victory over Blue Mountain in the regular-season finale.

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Warrior Nancy Johnson (33) ducks under and around a BMCC player to get a shot off during the second-half of their game Wednesday night.

WALLA WALLA - Kati Isham, Nancy Johnson and Layne Tucker combined for 49 points Wednesday night as No. 2-ranked Walla Walla Community College celebrated Sophomore Night by grabbing a share of the NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball championship with a 79-47 victory over Blue Mountain at the Dietrich Dome.

The trio, three of seven sophomores honored prior to the game, were a combined 16-of-29 from the field in the league and regular-season finale for both schools.

Isham ended up with a game-high 22 points. Tucker added 15 on 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point distance, and Johnson scored 12 points.

WWCC ended up tied with Yakima Valley for the top spot in the East at 13-1. YVC earned its share of the division crown with a 75-63 win over Spokane on Wednesday.

Walla Walla takes a 24-1 overall record and 10-game winning streak into the NWAACC Tournament that runs March 6-9 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

"We've had a great year," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "Our goal was to win the league championship. It was a great regular season. I'm very, very pleased."

After yielding the opening basket of the game, the Warriors went on an 11-2 run that Johnson ended with a low-post basket at the 14:33 mark of half one.

WWCC increased its lead to 16, 26-10, on a Tucker 3 with 9:39 on the clock.

Blue Mountain crawled within seven, 28-21, on the strength of an 11-2 run before sophomore Shelbi Isham restored order with a right-angle 3-pointer to push the lead back to double figures, 31-21.

Walla Walla led 35-23 at halftime.

The Timberwolves pulled to within seven, 37-30, early in the second half prior to a 10-1 Warrior surge that increased the margin to 16, 47-31, by the 12:41 mark.

WWCC continued to widen the spread. Sophomore Morgon VanderEsch tallied back-to-back buckets - by converting an offensive rebound and drilling a right-angle jumper - to build the lead to 24, 57-33, with 9:23 remaining.

Walla Walla's advantage topped out at 36, 76-40, when Alexis Pickering banked in a layup off a Cierra Silverthorn assist with 1:45 to go.

Rounding out the list of sophomore honorees and key game contributors were Kayla Hutcheson and Jamie Berghammer. The two combined for 10 points and nine rebounds in the game.

"The sophomores put on a show," Hazeltine said. "They all played well. What a way for Layne to end her career (at home). She had the hot hand.

"For our sophomores, it was a great last game (at home)," Hazeltine said. I'll never forget it."

BMCC (47) - Lorusso 0-2 0-0 0, Arnone 0-0 0-0 0, Crane 2-6 0-0 4, Beamer 1-2 0-0 3, O'Leary 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 1-7 0-0 3, Hansen 3-5 0-0 6, Evans 1-7 0-0 2, Pakootas 6-13 0-0 13, Mueller 6-10 4-8 16. Totals 20-52 4-8 47.

WWCC (79) - Dreadfulwater 1-5 0-0 2, Kerbs 0-1 0-0 0, Wolff 1-1 0-0 2, S. Isham 2-3 0-0 5, VanderEsch 3-5 0-0 6, Tucker 5-5 0-0 15, K. Isham 6-9 8-9 22, Johnson 5-15 2-2 12, Hutcheson 2-5 0-0 4, Pickering 1-2 0-0 2, Silverthorn 1-2 0-0 3, Berghammer 3-6 0-2 6. Totals 30-59 10-13 79.

Halftime score-WWCC 35, BMCC 23. 3-point goals - BMCC 3-10 (Beamer 1-2, Pakootas 1-2, Martin 1-5, Lorusso 0-1), WWCC 9-13 (Tucker 5-5, K. Isham 2-4, S. Isham 1-1, Silverthorn 1-2, VanderEsch 0-1). Total fouls- BMCC 11, WWCC 9. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- BMCC 32 (Crane 9), WWCC 28 (S. Isham 6, Johnson 6, Hutcheson 6). Turnovers-BMCC 20, WWCC 10. Assists-BMCC 3 (Martin, Hansen, Pakootas), WWCC 15 (Tucker 4).

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