Warriors 2-1 at Yakima Invitational

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YAKIMA — After blowing a 27-point second-half lead and losing to Centralia 95-91 in double-overtime Saturday, Walla Walla’s bounce-back effort against Treasure Valley here Sunday on the final day of the Yakima Invitational women’s basketball tournament was a stress reliever for sure for Warriors coach Bobbi Hazeltine.

“It was a tough one to bounce back from, but we came out with a lot of energy and played hard,” Hazeltine said following her team’s 68-49 victory over NWAACC East Region rival Treasure Valley,

“Saturday night’s loss was one of the hardest we’ve ever had to swallow. I think it will help us big during the season, but it sure didn’t feel like it Saturday night.”

With a 2-1 record after their first weekend of action, the Warriors have split up for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some players went their separate ways Saturday night from Yakima while others returned to Walla Walla before departing for home.

“We have a lot of Idaho kids, so it made sense to come back to the school before heading for home,” Hazeltine said.

The Warriors will reconvene one week from today to begin preparations for the following weekend’s Warrior Classic. WWCC faces Clackamas Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. and meets Linn-Benton Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. Linn-Benton tackles Columbia Basin at 2 p.m. the first day of the tournament, with CBC and Clackamas squaring off the following day, also at 2 p.m.

Hazeltine said she learned a few things about her team here over the weekend.

“I learned no lead is safe, that’s for sure,” she said. “Being up 27 points in the second half with a chance to go to the championship game, we crumbled under the pressure.

“I learned we are really young and inexperienced. We are going to make mistakes and we are going to have to learn to persevere and learn how to win. But I thought we came out Sunday and played really well.”

Seitz led the Warriors in scoring Sunday with 23 points. She also snagged 10 rebounds and dished out three assists.

“She had another really good game and a solid tournament,” Hazeltine said of her shooting guard.

Sophomore Gabby Anderson came off the bench to score 14 points for the Warriors and sophomores Caitlin Duncan and Hailey Felgenhauer added eight points each. Freshman MeShel Rad pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and freshman Brooke Hawkins totaled six assists.

Chukars point guard Cerissa Honena finished with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.

In Saturday’s loss to Centralia, the Warriors led 43-24 at halftime and built the advantage to 67-40 before the wheels came off. Centralia, which shot 33 percent in the first half, made 42 percent in the second half, including 62 percent from 3-point distance.

“They started going to the hole and we started giving up layins,” Hazeltine said. “So we switched to the zone because we thought that would help, but then they started making 3s. They played with a lot of energy and we didn’t.”

After Centralia made a last-second bucket to send the game into its first overtime tied at 72, WWCC had a chance to end it with a three-point lead in the final seconds of the first extra session. But the Blazers hit a trey to send the game into a second OT tied at 82-82.

“It was just really, really, frustrating,” Hazeltine said. “The fact that we gave up 95 points is pretty mind boggling.

Seitz led all Warriors with 18 points on 5-of-16 shooting from the field. Freshman Josie Jordan made a case for a spot in the starting lineup with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

The Warriors opened tournament play Friday with a 70-55 victory over Whatcom after trailing 36-33 at halftime.

“We were not very good defensively in the first half,” Hazeltine said. “We made some adjustments and held them to 19 points in the second half.

“But for the first game, with a lot of people who didn’t have a lot of experience, I was real happy.”

Felgenhauer and Seitz led the Warriors with 16 points each. Duncan, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, was also in double figures with 10 points.

Amber Tapia led the Orcas with 16 points and Cambie Edwards scored 11 points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds.

WWCC 68, TREASURE VALLEY 49

WALLA WALLA (68) — Seitz 9-17 4-6 23, Hawkins 0-6 4-6 4, Jordan 0-3 0-0 0, DeLong 0-0 0-0 0, 0-3 8-8 8, Rad 207 2-6 7, Felgenhauer 3-10 2-2 8, Kelsey 1-5 2-2 5, Stefanski 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 7-10 0-0 14. Totals 22061 22-30 68

TREASURE VALLEY (49) — Rodriguez 2-5 0-0 5, Pack 3-11 0-0 6, Swabb 2-8 0-2 4, Cornie 0-0 0-0 0, Honena 4-12 0-0 11, Workersien 0-1 4-4 4, Alexander 2-3 0-0 6, Redman 0-2 2-5 2, Buckway 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan 4-12 1-2 9, Wood 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 17057 9-15 49.

Halftime — WWCC 30, TVCC 22. 3-point goals — WWCC 2-11 (Seitz 1-2, Hawkins 0-1, Jordan 0-2, Duncan 0-2, Felgenhauer 0-2, Kelsey 1-2), TVCC 6-23 (Rodriguez 1-4, Pack 0-2, Swabb 0-3, Honena 3-10, Alexander 2-3, Jordan 0-1). Total fouls — TVCC 23, WWCC 18. Fouled out — WWCC (Rad). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — WWCC 51 (Rad 11), TVCC 38 (Jordan 6). Turnovers — WWCC 27, TVCC 23. Assists — WWCC 17 (Hawkins 6), TVCC 12 (Honena ).

CENTRALIA 95, WWCC 91

WWCC (91) — Seitz 5-16 1-5 18, Hawkins 3-10 1-2 14, Jordan 6-11 1-2 14, DeLong 1-3 0-1 3, Duncan 3-11 0-5 8, Rad 1-2 0-0 3, Felgenhauer 3-10 1-2 10, Kelsey 6-10 3-5 15, Anderson 5-6 0-0 10. Totals 33-79 6-20 91.

CENTRALIA (95) — Sauls 2-15 1-3 5, Gee 4-7 2-4 13, Mengarelli 3-7 0-0 12, Davis 5-7 0-0 11, Adams 2-8 1-3 8, Schoenherr 7-15 1-2 19, Sproul 3-6 2-3 9, Brossard 4-7 3-3 18, Gahan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-74 10-18 95.

Halftime — WWCC 43, Centralia 24. End of regulation—tied at 72. 1st OT— tied at 82. 3-point goals — WWCC 6-20 (Seitz 1-5, Jordan 1-2, DeLong 0-1, Duncan 0-5, Felgenhauer 1-2, Kelsey 3-5), Centralia 10-18 (Sauls 1-3, Gee 2-4, Adams 1-3, Schoenherr 1-2, Sproul 2-3, Brossard 3-3). Total fouls— WWCC 27, Centralia 27. Fouled out—WWCC (Hawkins), Centralia (Mengarelli). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— WWCC 60 (Hawkins 8), Centralia 49 (Schoenherr 9). Turnovers— WWCC 21, Centralia 12 . Assists—WWCC 22 (Seitz), Centralia 24 (Sauls 8).

WWCC 70, WHATCOM 55

WALLA WALLA (70) — Seitz 6-15 2-3 16, Hawkins 3-6 0-0 6, Jordan 0-1 0-0 0, DeLong 0-1 0-0 0, Duncan 4-11 1-1 10, Rad 2-7 2-2 6, Felgenhauer 6-15 4-4 16, Kelsey 3-5 0-0 8, Anderson 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 26-66 11-12 70

WHATCOM (55) — Tapia 5-14 5-6 17, Gruber 0-5 0-0 0, Walker 2-10 3-4 9, Edwards 5-13 1-2 11, Redelinghuis 1-2 1-1 3, Bree Park 5-15 2-2 15. Totals 18-59 12-15 55.

Halftime — Whatcom 36, WWCC 33. 3-poing goals — WWCC 5-18 (Seitz 2-7, Hawkins 0-2, Duncan 1-4, Felgenhauer 0-1, Kesley 2-4), Whatcom 7-14 (Tapia 2-4, Walker 2-3, Park 3-7). Total fouls — WWCC 17, Whatcom 13. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Whatcom (bench). Rebounds — WWCC 52 (Seitz 10), Whatcom 33 (Edwards 5). Turnovers — WWCC 16, Whatcom 16. Assists — WWCC 20 (Hawkins 7), Whatcom 13 (Park 7).

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