WWCC women's hoopsters play for tourney title

The women defeat Bellevue Friday and the YVCC alumni team Saturday.

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YAKIMA - Defending NWAACC women's basketball champion Walla Walla Community College opened its 2010-11 season here Friday and Saturday with a pair of victories at the Yakima Valley College Hall of Fame Tournament.

The Warriors earned a berth in today's championship game after beating Bellevue, 61-55, on Friday and the YVCCC Alumni on Saturday, 85-65.

WWCC will oppose host Yakima Valley in the title tilt at 2 p.m. in a rematch of last season's NWAACC title contest.

Morgan Wolff and Shiann Dreadfulwater did most of WWCC's scoring against Bellevue with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Wolff grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

Walla Walla displayed more balance in their triumph over the YVCC Alums. Alex Pfefferle led the way with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field - including one 3-pointer - and made four of five free throws.

Wolff added 12 points to the Warriors' cause while Dreadfulwater and Leslie Stillar chipped in with 11 points apiece.

"They had a lot of kids (who played four-year college ball)," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said of Saturday's opponent. "They were good. We had trouble with their (physicality), but we came together in the second half and played a lot better. We got some good play from our freshmen.

"We had a lot more balance," Hazeltine said. "We struggled with them for a while, but settled down."

Friday's win over Bellevue was a "back and forth" game, according to Hazeltine, but the Warriors pulled ahead late and knocked down free throws to keep the Bulldogs at arm's length.

WWCC (85) - Dreadfulwater 5-8 0-0 11, Klarich 2-4 0-1 5, Blevins 0-2 0-0 0, Wolff 4-11 0-0 12, Stillar 4-10 2-2 11, Pfefferle 6-9 4-5 17, Duncan 2-8 0-0 5, Humphries 3-5 0-0 6, Leasy 1-1 0-0 3, Edmundson 2-4 0-0 5, Smith 3-6 2-2 8, Jensen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-70 8-10 85.

YVCC ALUMNI (65) - Mengarelli 6-17 0-0 13, Stickney 2-5 0-0 5, Honn 1-4 0-0 2, Azurin 0-2 0-0 0, Nill 1-3 0-2 3, Valadez 1-6 2-2 5, Thomas 7-17 3-6 20, Carillo 0-0 0-0 0, Madill 1-2 0-0 2, Murrillo 4-7 0-0 9, Sabedra 3-4 0-2 6. Totals 26-67 5-12 65.

Halftime score - YVCC Alumni 31, WWCC 30. 3-point goals - WWCC 11-25 (Wolff 4-7, Klarich 1-1, Leasy 1-1, Pfefferle 1-2, Dreadfulwater 1-3, Duncan 1-3, Edmundson 1-3, Stillar 1-4, Blevins 0-1), YVCC Alumni 8-29 (Thomas 3-7, Stickney 1-2, Nill 1-2, Valadez 1-4, Murrillo 1-4, Mengarelli 1-8, Azurin 0-2). Total fouls- WWCC 14, YVCC Alumni 15. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- WWCC 52 (Klarich 9), YVCC Alumni 34 (Madill 8). Turnovers-WWCC 17, YVCC Alumni 15. Assists-WWCC 14 (Wolff 4, Stillar 4), YVCC Alumni 10 (Mengarelli 2, Thomas 2, Madill 2, Murrillo 2).

BELLEVUE (55) - Gray 2-7 0-0 6, Shannon 2-13 3-3 7, Jenkins 2-5 2-2 6, Sparks 5-11 0-0 11, DenHartog 0-1 0-0 0, Sutherland 5-9 0-0 11, Wofford 0-5 0-0 0, Milovic 4-12 1-2 11, Lewis 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 21-66 6-7 55.

WWCC (61) - Dreadfulwater 6-12 9-10 21, Klarich 0-2 1-3 1, Blevins 1-3 0-0 2, Wolff 8-17 4-6 22, Pfefferle 0-4 0-0 0, Duncan 0-2 0-0 0, Humphries 0-1 0-0 0, Leasy 0-0 0-0 0, Edmundson 0-2 1-3 1, Smith 2-7 1-2 5, Jensen 3-5 3-4 9. Totals 20-55 19-28 61.

Halftime score - WWCC 30, Bellevue 23. 3-point goals - Bellevue 7-24 (Gray 2-6, Milovic 2-5, Lewis 1-1, Sparks 1-3, Sutherland 1-3, Michael 0-1, Shannon 0-2, Wofford 0-3), WWCC 2-10 (Wolff 2-4, Pfefferle 0-1, Duncan 0-1, Dreadfulwater 0-2, Blevins 0-2). Total fouls- Bellevue 19, WWCC 8. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Bellevue 48 (Wofford 7), WWCC 55 (Wolff 8). Turnovers-Bellevue 9, WWCC 14. Assists-Bellevue 3 (Jenkins 2), WWCC 7 (Klarich 4).

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