Warrior women reign on Blue Mountain

Walla Walla Community College ekes out a 61-60 victory over BMCC and its former Warrior coach.

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PENDLETON - Walla Walla Community College's women found themselves trailing Blue Mountain 60-57 with 1:11 remaining in the game in NWAACC East Region play Wednesday night.

But when the clock ticked to zero 71 seconds later, the Warriors found themselves on the winning end of a 61-60 score.

Warrior coach Bobbi Hazeltine, strategizing against former WWCC player and assistant coach Christy Martin, called a timeout with 1:11 remaining and set up a play inside to 6-foot post Tai Jensen.

Jensen was fouled with 49 seconds left, she hit both free throws and WWCC trailed by just one point.

The Timberwolves stood at halfcourt as the clock ticked down, but didn't get a shot off against the Warrior defense.

Off the shot-clock violation, WWCC got the ball back with 19 seconds left and called a timeout at halfcourt with 16 seconds left. Hazeltine set up three options for the Warriors, and freshman guard Michelle Sietz got loose and hit a jump shot with 4.8 seconds remaining to put Walla Walla up 61-60.

Blue Mountain called a timeout before going the length of the floor and going to Chanel Aambronero for the last-second shot.

"It looked like it was going in, to me," Hazeltine said. "They got a good look."

But the shot missed its mark and WWCC, now 1-1 in league play and 10-4 overall, garnered the victory.

"Michelle (Seitz) only played 11 minutes, she's an offensive player and we played a defensive game last night," Hazeltine said of the Warriors' final shot. "We subbed her in at the end of the game and it ended up she did the right thing. It was a big shot for Michelle and for us."

Hailey Felgenhauer led the Warriors with 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor, with Leslie Stillar picking up 12 and Jensen 10.

Blue Mountain relied on Stephanie Lopez's 27 points and eight rebounds, with Cambronero putting up 18 points, in the loss.

"I like the fact we had balanced scoring," Hazeltine said. "I like we don't have one person to rely on.

"They're pretty good," she said of the Timberwolves. "To leave with a win out of there is pretty big this year. They'll be in the top four going into the (NWAACC) tournament."

Walla Walla trailed by nine points at one point, and "we just chipped away," Hazeltine said.

"We held their team to 60 points, and we just needed one more," she said. "It worked out pretty well."

The Warriors host Treasure Valley at 2 p.m. Saturday.

WWCC 61, Blue Mountain 60

WWCC (61) - Seitz 3-5 0-1 6, Klarich 1-2 0-0 3, Hawkins 0-3 1-2 1, Stillar 5-9 0-0 12, Pfefferle 3-9 1-2 9, Humphries 0-3 1-2 1, Felgenhauer 6-16 0-1 13, Edmunson 3-4 0-2 6, McDonald 0-1 0-0 0, Jensen 4-7 2-2 10. Totals 25-59 5-12 61.

BLUE MOUNTAIN (60) - Cambronero 7-20 1-1 18, Weaver 0-2 0-0 0, Saavedra 0-0 0-0 0, Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0, Lopez 11-22 5-5 27, Telles 3-11 0-0 6, McIntyre 2-11 0-0 4, Harrington 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 25-70 6-6 60.

Halftimes score - BM 32, WWCC 26. 3-point goals - WWCC 6 (Klarich 1-2, Stillar 2-3, Pfefferle 2-8, Felgenhauer 1-2, BM 4 (Cambronero 3-10, Harrington 1-3). Total fouls - WWCC 12, BM 15. Fouled out - BM (Lopez). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWCC 38 (Pfefferle 7), BM 44 (Lopez 8). Turnovers - WWCC 14, BM 17. Assists - WWCC 13 (Stillar 4, Edmunson 4), BM 4 (Cambronero, Lopez, Telles, McIntyre).

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