WWCC women roll to 80-53 win

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College’s women’s basketball team shook off a sluggish first-half performance and rolled to an 80-53 victory over Portland during the final session of the annual Warrior Classic Saturday night in the Dietrich Dome.

The Warriors began their weekend of Classic competition with a 95-53 rout of Mt. Hood on Friday night.

Like WWCC, Columbia Basin also posted a pair of lopsided triumphs in the two-day, four-team Classic. The Hawks pounded Portland, 102-36, on Friday and overwhelmed Mt. Hood on Saturday, 103-42.

Walla Walla built a 12-point, first-half lead on Saturday, 21-9, but limped into halftime with just a six-point upper hand, 33-27.

Had it not been for a 12-for-14 performance from the free throw line in half one, the Warriors could have easily found themselves trailing at the break.

“Our team watched Portland on Friday and overlooked them,” WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. “They didn’t think they could compete with us. Sometimes you’re going to have games like that.”

A pair of second-half technical fouls ­— one on Portland guard Diamond Bolden and another on the Panthers’ bench — seemed to turn the tide, Hazeltine said.

“The momentum definitely changed,” Hazeltine said.

Walla Walla’s defense in half two also provided a much-needed spark, Hazeltine said.

“Our half-court trap brought a lot of energy,” Hazeltine said. “Jessica Siler makes it work. She did a good job at the top of the 1-3-1.”

Three Warriors scored in double figures led by the 16 points of Amy DeLong. Paige Vincent added 11 and MeShel Rad recorded 10 points.

In its victory over Mt. Hood, the Warriors jumped out to a 22-4 lead, held a 51-19 advantage at halftime, and led by as many as 44 points (94-50) in the second half. The offensive surge was fueled in part by a 13-for-24 performance from 3-point range.

WWCC had five players reach double-figure scoring. Bailey Nygaard set the pace with 16 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. She made 5-of-9 shots from downtown.

“That is the best game Bailey has played this year,” Hazeltine said. “She was really, really good.”

Karli McHone — who was 4-of-8 on 3s — and Rad scored 13 points apiece for Walla Walla. DeLong and Siler contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“I thought our starters (McHone, DeLong, Rad, Vincent and Lainey Corbett) did a good job of jumping out,” Hazeltine said. “Lainey Corbett did a great job of running our offense. She makes our offense work. MeShel was good on the boards.

““We’ve put in more time shooting (in practice) and it showed,” Hazeltine said. “We moved the ball well (19 assists on 30 baskets).”

The Warriors will play three road games next weekend. They’ll oppose the George Fox junior varsity on Friday, Portland on Saturday, and Clark on Sunday.

WWCC 80, PORTLAND 53

PORTLAND (53) — Shirkey 3-5 0-0 7, Wessell 0-2 1-3 1, Tower 4-8 0-0 12, Bynum 0-0 2-4 2, Williams 1-4 0-0 3, Johnson 1-5 0-0 3, McCormack 0-1 0-0 0, White 2-7 1-3 5, Jones 0-6 0-0 0, Bolden 7-12 2-4 16, Wahnetah 1-1 0-0 2, Izuchukwu 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-52 6-14 53.

WWCC (80) — McHone 1-5 5-6 7, Johnson 1-3 3-4 5, Corbett 0-2 1-2 1, Jordan 2-3 0-0 4, Davis 1-1 0-0 2, DeLong 4-6 7-8 16, Nygaard 3-8 3-4 9, Rad 3-5 4-6 10, Vincent 4-5 3-4 11, Stubbs 2-2 2-2 6, Siler 3-9 1-2 7, Stefanski 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-50 29-38 80.

Halftime score — WWCC 33-27. 3-point goals — Portland 7-19 (Tower 4-6, Johnson 1-2, Shirkey 1-3, Williams 1-4, Wessell 0-1, McCormack 0-1, Jones 0-2), WWCC 1-10 (DeLong 1-1, Corbett 0-1, Jordan 0-1, Vincent 0-1, McHone 0-3, Nygaard 0-3). Total fouls—Portland 31, WWCC 16. Fouled out— Portland (Izuchukwu). Technical fouls—Portland (Bolden, bench). Rebounds— Portland 34 (White 5, Izuchukwu 5), WWCC 40 (Rad 8). Turnovers— Portland 18, WWCC 17. Assists— Portland 5 (Bynum 2), WWCC 9 (Nygaard 3).

WWCC 95, MT. HOOD 53

MT. HOOD (53) — Celis 5-15 3-4 13, Saechao 0-1 0-0 0, James 2-7 0-1 4, Warren 2-3 0-0 6, Yates 4-9 2-5 10, Kendrick 1-4 1-1 3, Wilson 3-6 1-2 7, Seever 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 1-2 0-2 2, Wahlers 2-4 0-0 4, Scott 2-5 0-1 4. Totals 22-56 7-16 53.

WWCC (95) — McHone 4-10 1-2 13, Johnson 1-2 2-2 4, Corbett 1-3 1-2 4, Jordan 3-6 0-0 7, Davis 0-0 3-4 3, DeLong 4-7 2-3 11, Nygaard 5-15 1-4 16, Rad 4-6 5-7 13, Vincent 2-5 4-4 9, Stubbs 1-1 1-2 3, Siler 4-5 2-2 10, Stefanski 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 30-62 22-32 95.

Halftime — WWCC 51-19. 3-point goals — Mt. Hood 2-15 (Warren 2-3, Wilson 0-1, Saechao 0-1, James 0-1, Kendrick 0-2, Celis 0-7), WWCC 13-24 (Nygaard 5-9, McHone 4-8, DeLong 1-1, Vincent 1-1, Corbett 1-2, Jordan 1-3). Total fouls—Mt. Hood 28, WWCC 18. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Mt. Hood 17 (Scott 4), WWCC 56 (Nygaard 9). Turnovers— Mt. Hood 14, WWCC 23. Assists— Mt. Hood 11 (Celis 6), WWCC 19 (Corbett 4, DeLong 4).

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