Warrior women win see-saw battle against Yakima

Sienna Edmunson picks up her own rebound and scores the game-winning bucket with 51 seconds left to play.

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YAKIMA - In a game that featured 12 ties and 11 lead changes, it was that 11th lead change that proved to be the difference for Walla Walla Community College here Saturday in women's NWAACC East Region basketball.

The Warriors trailed Yakima Valley by one with 1:11 left and had the ball. Sienna Edmunson took the shot for the Warriors and missed. Edmunson tracked down her own miss and put it back to give the Warriors back the lead for good with :51 left.

The Warriors, who connected on 21-of-23 free throws for the game, hit six in a row, two from Tai Jensen and four from Alex Pfefferle, to secure a 75-68 win.

"It was a nail biter," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "It was about as even as two teams could get. We set up a play with 1:11 left and Sienna (Edmunson) had the presence to get her own offensive rebound and put it back.

"We made six of six free throws in the last 25 seconds," Hazeltine continued. "Alex (Pfefferle) came off the bench and hit some big shots for us."

Jensen, who went 13-of-13 from the free throw line, came up big for the Warriors with 23 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

The win concludes the regular season and gives the Warriors undisputed possession of second place in the East. WWCC finishes at 11-3 in conference and 20-6 overall. The Yaks drop to third at 10-4 in East play.

"Anytime you win at Yakima it's a big win," Hazeltine said. "It's a tough place to play and we haven't won here in seven years."

The Warriors hit 14-of-30 shots from the field in the first 20 minutes and went to intermission with a 38-34 lead.

The Warriors couldn't stop the Yaks' Simone Jordan, as she scored a game-high 29 points, but Brittney Newcomb was the only other Yak in double digits as she finished with 13.

Pfefferle, off the Warrior bench, and Sienna Edmunson joined Jensen in double digits for the Warriors. Pfefferle finished with 18 points, and Edmunson chipped in 12. Leslie Stillar dished out a game-high five assists as the Warriors completed an East Region sweep of the defending NWAACC champions.

The win guarantees WWCC the No. 2 East Region seed to the NWAACC tournament. The Warriors open tourney play Saturday at noon in Kennewick against the No. 3 West Region seed, 18-8 Pierce College.

"We want to peak at tourney time," Hazeltine said. "We were pretty good today."

WWCC 75, Yakima Valley 68

WWCC (75) - Seitz 1-5 0-0 2, Klarich 3-8 0-0 7, Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Stillar 2-9 0-0 4, Pfefferle 6-11 4-4 18, Humphries 3-5 1-2 7, Felgenhauer 1-4 0-0 2, Edmunson 4-7 3-4 12, Jensen 5-16 13-13 23. Totals 25-65 21-23 75.

YVCC (68) - Newcomb 5-14 1-2 13, Brewster 0-2 0-0 0, Cox 0-4 0-0 0, Swetzof 2-4 1-2 6, K. Gonzales 3-9 0-0 8, Lekson 2-6 0-0 4, Jordan 12-17 3-5 29, Zapien 3-9 2-2 8, A. Gonzales 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-65 7-11 68.

Halftime - WWCC 38-34. 3-point goals - WWCC 4-14 (Seitz 0-1, Klarich 1-2, Stillar 0-4, Pfefferle 2-5, Edmunson 1-2), YVCC 7-29 (Newcomb 2-8, Swetzof 1-3, K. Gonzales 2-8, Lekson 0-3, Jordan 2-5, Zapien 0-2). Total fouls - WWCC 12, YVCC 17. Fouled out - YVCC (Zapien). Technical fouls - YVCC (Zapien). Rebounds - WWCC 44 (Jensen 15), YVCC 34 (K. Gonzales 7, Jordan 7). Turnovers - WWCC 14, YVCC 11. Assists - WWCC 12 (Stillar 5), YVCC 10 (Zapien 3).

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