Warriors roll past Chukars

Walla Walla Community College’s Jessica Siler drives the lane on Treasure Valley’s Rebecca Hawkins during Monday’s game at the Dietrich Dome.

Walla Walla Community College’s Jessica Siler drives the lane on Treasure Valley’s Rebecca Hawkins during Monday’s game at the Dietrich Dome.

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College placed five players in double figures and shook off a sluggish start Monday afternoon to register an 86-65 victory over Treasure Valley in an NWAACC Eastern Region women’s basketball game in the Dietrich Dome.

Bailey Nygaard paced a balanced attack for the Warriors with 15 points. Karli McHone and Jessica Siler added 14 points apiece, Devynn Johnson scored 11 and MeShel Rad delivered 10 points.

The triumph moved the Warriors into a second-place tie with Big Bend in the East standings. Walla Walla is now 3-1 in league and 9-6 overall.

Injury-riddled Treasure Valley, which suited up just nine players, slipped to 0-4 and 2-15 after suffering its 11th straight loss.

The Chuckars grabbed a 15-7 lead with 7:11 gone in the first half. Forward McKensey Herron, who scored a game-high 18 points, did most of the damage with nine points on three 3-point field goals. The last of those treys established the early eight-point margin.

“We identified their shooters before the game, but they lit us up,” WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said.

Walla Walla stormed back with a 21-7 blitz over the next 6:50. McHone commenced the run with a 3-pointer at the 12:16 mark and Siler ended it with a low-block bucket with 5:59 left before halftime to give the Warriors a 28-22 lead.

Siler contributed four points during the spurt while Saige Stefanski came off the bench to drain three free throws.

The teams played on even terms the remainder of the half and the Warriors went into intermission up by six, 36-30.

Walla Walla busted the game open in the first six-and-a-half minutes of period two. A 2-point basket by Amy DeLong at the 13:24 mark put Walla Walla up by 20, 56-36.

Treasure Valley got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

“I like the way we came out in the second half,” Hazeltine said. “Offensively, we passed the ball better. We changed defenses in the second half.”

More specifically, to a man defense. The adjustment resulted in a 1-for-9 performance from 3-point range by TVCC in the second half. The Chuckars were 6-for-16 from long range in the first half.

Much of the Warriors’ offensive success came about in part because of Stefanski’s four assists in the game.

“Saige is one of the best passers we have,” Hazeltine said. “She’s unselfish and found open teammates from the low-post position.”

The Warriors continue league play Wednesday at Spokane.

WWCC 86, TVCC 65

TVCC (65) — Hawkins 3-5 1-2 7, Hull 1-5 0-0 2, Swabb 0-5 0-0 0, Wolfe 0-0 0-0 0, Honena 4-12 5-7 15, Wallace 2-5 7-10 11, Polensky 3-8 2-2 9, Sanders 1-4 0-0 3, Herron 6-15 3-4 18. Totals 20-59 18-25 65.

WWCC (86) — McHone 4-10 2-2 14, Johnson 4-9 3-4 11, Corbett 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan 3-6 0-0 6, Davis 0-2 0-0 0, DeLong 3-6 1-1 7, Nygaard 6-13 0-0 15, Rad 2-5 6-8 10, Vincent 1-3 1-3 3, Siler 6-10 2-2 14, Stefanski 1-5 4-5 6. Totals 30-69 19-25 86.

Halftime score — WWCC 36, TVCC 30. 3-point goals — TVCC 7-25 (Herron 3-8, Honena 2-10, Sanders 1-2, Polensky 1-3, Hawkins 0-1, Swabb 0-1), WWCC 7-22 (McHone 4-9, Nygaard 3-8, Davis 0-1, Stefanski 0-1, Jordan 0-3). Total fouls—TVCC 20, WWCC 19. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— TVCC 36 (Wallace 7, Herron 7), WWCC 55 (Siler 8). Turnovers—TVCC 16, WWCC 9. Assists— TVCC 10 (Hawkins 5), WWCC 13 (Stefanski 4).

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