Warriors go young, pound Portland

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Walla Walla Community College's Tiffany McDonald brings the ball over her forehead before letting a shot go under pressure from Portland Community College players.

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Walla Walla Community College's Hailey Felgenhauer is surrounded by hands blocking her vision during the Warriors game against Portland Community College Friday.

WALLA WALLA - With three sophomores sitting on the bench due to injury or illness, Walla Walla Community College turned to its freshmen Friday night to post a lopsided victory over Portland during NWAACC women's basketball action in the Dietrich Dome.

Forward Hailey Felgenhauer scored 24 points and guard Michelle Seitz added 14 and secured nine rebounds as the Warriors improved to 9-3 on the season with an 84-44 pounding of the Panthers.

The loss dropped Portland to 4-7 overall.

"I just got into a rhythm early," said Felgenhauer, who made 8-of-10 shots from the field. "I was fortunate to get the ball passed to me."

Other first-year performers that shined were forward Tiffany McDonald and guard Brooke Hawkins. The hustling McDonald had eight points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds while Hawkins, making her first start at the point position, scored eight points and brought in six missed shots.

"That's what I do," McDonald said of her hustle plays that included diving on the floor for a loose ball, saving the ball from going out of bounds, and rebounding her own missed free throw. "That's where I get my points - on stuff like that. It helps build momentum for the team."

WWCC tallied the first 12 points of the game and kept Portland scoreless for nearly seven minutes after the opening tip.

On the strength of 17 points by Felgenhauer and 10 by sophomore post Tai Jensen, the Warriors built a 48-20 halftime lead. Felgenhauer made seven of her eight field-goal tries in the half and was 3-for-3 from 3-point distance.

Seitz made 4-of-7 attempts in the second half to pace Walla Walla offensively.

Nine Warriors played in the game and all of them scored. WWCC registered 20 assists on its 30 baskets led by the six of Sienna Edmunson.

"If we want to succeed as a team, we have to be unselfish to achieve our team goals at the end of the year," Felgenhauer said. "We need to get the ball to whoever's hot."

"We were pretty good," Walla Walla coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "We got to play everybody a lot. It was fun to see a girl like Tiffany play the way she did. Brooke and Michelle had good (nights) for two freshmen."

The Warriors open Eastern Region play next Saturday when they host Columbia Basin at 2 p.m.

"We have to go in next week working harder," McDonald said, "and build each other up for Saturday's game."

WWCC 84, Portland 44

PORTLAND (44) - Mackey 3-8 2-2 8, Davis 2-5 0-0 5, Snyder 2-3 0-0 5, Howbert 1-8 1-2 3, Burris 2-10 1-4 5, Suppah 2-9 2-2 8, M. Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Pagh 1-5 0-0 2, Buttler 0-0 0-0 0, Berry 4-10 0-0 8, R. Smith 0-3 0-2 0. Totals 17-64 6-12 44.

WWCC (84) - Seitz 5-10 3-4 14, Hawkins 4-8 0-0 8, Pfefferle 3-6 0-0 6, Felgenhauer 8-10 5-5 24, Edmunson 0-2 5-8 5, McDonald 2-12 4-10 8, Tynan 1-4 0-0 3, Jensen 5-9 2-2 12, Anderson 2-6 0-2 4. Totals 30-67 19-31 84.

Halftime - WWCC 48, Portland 20. 3-point goals - Portland 4-21 (Suppah 2-8, Davis 1-1, Snyder 1-1, Mackey 0-1, M. Smith 0-1, Pagh 0-1, Howbert 0-4, Burris 0-4), WWCC 5-9 (Felgenhauer 3-3, Seitz 1-2, Tynan 1-3, Pfefferle 0-1). Total fouls - Portland 17, WWCC 11. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Portland 43 (Pagh 7), WWCC 59 (McDonald 15). Turnovers - Portland 19, WWCC 10. Assists - Portland 6 (Davis 2, Suppah 2), WWCC 20 (Edmunson 6).

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