Walla Walla Community College women edge Yaks for tourney title

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YAKIMA - Walla Walla Community College's women's basketball team heads into a week off on a high note after winning the Yakima Valley Hall of Fame Tournament with a 61-56 victory over the host Yaks Sunday.

The Warriors downed Bellevue and Yakima Valley's alumni Friday and Saturday to set up Sunday's championship game.

"We're really young, I didn't expect to be 3-0 before Thanksgiving," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "We have a bunch of freshmen, and I didn't know how we'd compete. Yakima is always really good, and I was hoping to be in the game with them for awhile and use this as a learning experience."

But the Warriors found themselves playing with the Yaks, leading 36-29 at halftime.

"Yakima brings relentless pressure," Hazeltine said. "We spread the floor and let the kids drive to the basket, and they did a good job."

Sophomore Shianne Dreadfulwater led the Warriors with 20 points, with freshman Caitlin Duncan putting up 12.

"Shianne showed a lot of leadership," Hazeltine said. "We need that with all these new faces."

Duncan sank a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to clinch the victory. Trailing by three points with 4 seconds left, the Yaks fouled Duncan, who hit both to secure the win.

"That's a lot of pressure for a freshman," Hazeltine said.

The Warriors now have a week off before returning to the court to prepare for the Warrior Classic Dec. 3-4.

WWCC 61, Yakima 56

Yakima (56) - Newcomb 4-11 0-1 12, Yarlott 3-6 0-3 6, Hicks 1-1 0-1 2, Roe 2-6 1-4 6, Nuss 0-1 0-0 0, Gonzales 2-3 0-0 4, Nguyen 2-7 0-0 4, Hammick 4-10 3-3 12, Brewster 2-5 1-2 5, Elliott 2-7 0-0 5 Lwqia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 5-14 56.

WWCC (61) - Dreadfulwater 7-10 3-6 20, Klarich 0-1 4-4 4, Blevins 0-0 0-0 0, Wolff 2-5 5-6 9, Stillar 0-1 0-0 0, Pfefferle 3-4 2-5 8, Duncan 4-9 2-4 12, Humphries 0-0 0-0 0, Leasy 0-0 0-0 0, Edmundson 0-4 0-1 0, Smith 2-5 2-2 6, Jensen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-41 18-28 61.

3-point goals - Yak 7-21 (Newcomb 4, Roe, Hammick, Elliott), WWCC 5-13 (Dreadfulwater 3, Duncan 2). Total fouls- Yak 20, WWCC 16. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Yak 31 (Yarlott 8), WWCC 38 (Wolff 7). Turnovers-Yak 15, WWCC 22. Assists-Yak 6 (Gonzales 2, Nguyen 2), WWCC 1 (Pfefferle).

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