WWCC sophomores power women to hoops win

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YAKIMA - A couple of sophomores, Leslie Stillar and Tai Jensen, powered Walla Walla Community College to a season-opening women's basketball victory over a group of Yakima Valley College alumni here Friday during the first round of eight-school YVC Invitational Tipoff Tournament.

Stillar, the Warriors' veteran shooting guard, drained 7-of-10 3-point shots and scored a career-high 33 points in the 98-72 victory. Jensen, working closer to the basket, sank 7-of-8 attempts from the field and finished her night with 18 points.

Stillar didn't start a single game for WWCC as a freshman but came on strong in the second half of the season and played an integral role in the Warriors' march to the NWAACC Championships finals last March in Kennewick.

"We have had kids score a lot of points in the past," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "But 33 points is a lot. We haven't had anyone score that many in at least the last couple of years."

Stillar scored 22 points in the first half. When the Yakima defense tightened on her after the intermission, the Warriors were able to get the ball inside to Jensen more often and she tallied 12 of her 18 points in the second half.

The Warriors led 47-43 at halftime.

"Yakima had a lot of former NCAA Division I players," Hazeltine said. "Most of them hadn't played in a couple of years, but they were much stronger than our freshmen.

"You could tell that Tai was our sophomore out there, because our freshmen (posts) got beat up a little bit."

Hazeltine was pleased to see her team sink 12-of-18 from beyond the 3-point line.

"They moved the 3-point line back this year," Hazeltine noted. "It's the same as the men now, and the first thing I did was contact our kids and tell them to start adjusting to it.

"They said they weren't worried, and apparently it's not affecting us like I thought it would. It was fun."

Sophomore Alex Pfefferle connected on 3-of-5 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. Sophomore Jane Klarich and freshman Brooke Hawkins each connected on their only 3-point try.

WWCC 98, Yakima Alumni 72

YAKIMA ALUMNI (72) - Tana Stickney 1-2 1-2 3, Whitney Honn 5-12 0-2 11, Andrea Blodgett 4-10 1-1 10, Chelsie Morrison 4-8 0-0 10, Brittney Weaver 3-5 0-0 7, Mariah Roe 1-3 0-0 2, Brandi Valadez 5-8 0-3 13, Jessica Huntington 2-5 0-0 5, Emily Hernandez 2-4 0-0 5, Allison Seavers 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 30-61 2-8 72.

WALLA WALLA (98) - Michelle Seitz 0-1 2-2 2, Janae Klarich 2-4 2-2 7, Brooke Hawkins 1-3 0-0 3, Leslie Stillar 13-17 0-3 33, Alex Pfefferle 4-9 2-2 13, Stevie Humphries 1-2 2-2 4, Hailey Felgenhauer 4-6 2-2 10, Sienna Edmunson 0-4 2-3 2, Tiffany McDonald 1-5 0-2 2, Tai Jensen 7-8 4-5 18, Gabby Anderson 2-3 0-1 4, Michell Tynan 0 0-2 0. Totals 35-61 16-27 98.

Halftime - WWCC 47, Yakima 43. 3-point goals - Yakima 10-20 (Honn 1-3, Blodgett 1-2, Morrison 2-2 Weaver 1-1 Valadez 3-6, Huntington 1-3, Hernandez 1-3), WWCC 12-18 (Klarich 1-1, Hawkins 1-1, Stillar 7-10, Pfefferle 3-5, McDonald 0-1). Total fouls - Yakima 18, WWCC 11. Fouled out - Yakima (Seavers). Technical fouls - Yakima (Valadez). Rebounds - WWCC 40 (Felgenhauer 4), Yakima 27 (Morrison 3, Valadez 3). Turnovers - WWCC 11, Yakima 7. Assists - WWCC 8 (Stillar 4), Yakima 5 (Weaver 2, Huntington 2).

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