Titans hit the wall in title game loss
Down to seven players, Lane loses lead and then the NWAC championship game
By John Howard
For The Register-Guard
KENNEWICK, Wash. — A month before the tournament was scheduled to begin, the Lane Community College women’s basketball team didn’t know if they’d even qualify for the Northwest Athletic Conference championships in March.
They were just 4-4 in Southern Region play, and had been battling injuries and illness.
But the Titans made a run, winning down the stretch of the regular season to make the playoffs and battle their way to the sixth NWAC title game in program history.
Lane came in looking to set a league record with their fifth championship, while their opponent, Peninsula, was looking for their first. Peninsula was able to out-shoot the tired and worn-down Titans in the second half, going on a big run to come from seven points down to lead by as many as 13 before winning 85-75 on Tuesday.
Lane coach Greg Sheley said he was proud of the way Lane played at the end of the season despite the adverse situations they found themselves in throughout the year.
“Coming into the tournament, I think we were probably playing our best basketball,” Sheley said. “Four games in four days with eight players and then seven players, it’s just really hard.”
Less than five minutes in, the Titans lost that eighth player and a big piece of their interior defense when Marikah Wright collapsed after jumping for a rebound. Wright fell to the floor as play continued around her, grabbing at her brace-clad right knee in pain. Wright did not return.
Lane had been in the midst of a 9-3 run when Wright went down, and extended their lead to 13-5 before Peninsula responded and eventually led 36-32 at halftime.
“Losing a body, that definitely hurt us but they’re a real good team,” Sheley said. “They took advantage of that. They got in foul trouble too, we just couldn’t take care of it tonight, just defensively. They shot the ball much better than they have all season. We were kind of banking on that, that they weren’t going to be able to do that.”
Peninsula led by as many as six points in the opening moments of the second half, but surrendered a 13-0 run that put Lane in control 53-46 with 11:28 to play. But the Pirates knocked down three three-pointers to regain the lead. In that same stretch, post Jordan Kimbrough picked up her fourth foul and was forced to sit while Peninsula continued to put distance between the two teams.
Jacia Jointer led the Titans with 20 points, and Kimbrough finished with 18 points, a game-high 17 rebounds and a first-team all-tournament spot.
Lane women in title game
The Titans will play for their fifth NWAC women’s basketball championship tonight
KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Lane Community College women’s basketball team will play for its fifth title in 10 years tonight.
The Titans secured a spot in the Northwest Athletic Conference championship game with a 49-44 win against Southern Region rival Southwestern Oregon on Monday in the semifinals of the annual 16-team tournament.
Lane (25-7) will face Peninsula (22-5) today at 5:30 p.m. The Pirates defeated Southern Region champion Umpqua in their semifinal game.
The Titans played Peninsula twice in back-to-back December games this season and defeated the Pirates both times by scores of 77-68 and 59-46.
Tonight’s game will be Lane’s sixth championship game appearance since 2005 — the only year the Titans played for the title and didn’t win.
Lane never trailed in its low-scoring game on Monday, and only once were the Lakers able to force a tie.
Jordan Kimbrough led the Titans with 12 points, Maddie Kiplinger added 11 points and Bre Dubois scored 10.
Southwestern Oregon got within three points with under a minute to play but Kiplinger and Erica Cogburn made free throws down the stretch to give the Titans some breathing room.
Lane 49, SW Oregon 44
For the second time in three seasons, the Lane Titans are headed back to the title game of the NWAC tournament. Lane advanced after beating SW Oregon 49-44 in an all-Southern Region semifinal game on Monday evening.
Lane ended the first half on a hot streak, scoring the last nine points of the half to take a 29-19 lead into the halftime break.
Jordan Kimbrough might have led the Titans in scoring with 12 points, but in the final few minutes, it was a team-effort which propelled Lane past SW Oregon after the Lakers had gone on a 13-3 run to get within 40-38 with 5:21 to play.
The Titans got an acrobatic fast-break layup from Keeli Munkres, catching and shooting the ball while in the air to restore a four-point advantage. The next time down the floor, Maddie Kiplinger hit a huge three to put Lane up 45-40, at which point the contest turned into a free-throw game the Titans were well equipped to handle.
Bre DuBois and Erica Cogburn each hit a pair of free throws in the final 22 seconds to ice the game and preserve the victory for Lane.
Kiplinger finished with 11 points, and had half of the Titans' three-point makes by herself.
SW Oregon's Yvonne Daniels led all scorers with 14 points in the loss, which knocked the Lakers out of the running for what would have been the first title in school history -- men or women. SW Oregon has never finished better than eighth, and will play the loser of the Peninsula-Umpqua game on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., already guaranteeing the best place at the tournament the Lakers have ever seen.
Lane will take on the winner of the Peninsula-Umpqua game in the NWAC title game on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. An NWAC championship for Lane would be their fifth, a league record. The Titans are currently tied with Skagit Valley, Chemeketa and Columbia Basin with four championships. [stats]
Lane 84, Blue Mountain 65
Blue Mountain got another monster game from Mar'Shay Moore, but it wasn't enough to edge Lane, who powered past the Timberwolves for an 84-65 win to reach the semifinals for the third consecutive season.
Moore finished with 27 points, and is on pace to break the scoring record of 112 points set in 2014 by Clackamas guard Laci Effenberger. But for all of Moore's efforts, she wasn't enough to take on a much larger Lane roster.
The Titans were led in scoring by Maddie Kiplinger, who hit 14 of her 16 free throw attempts and finished with 20 points in the win.
Lane led by 10 points midway through the first half on a three-pointer from Bre DuBois, and led by four at the halftime break. The Titans quickly extended their lead to 13 in the first few minutes of the second half, going on a 9-2 run to take a 44-31 lead.
Bolstered by 55.6% shooting in the second half, Lane led by as many as 19 points on several occasions down the stretch, before closing out the game with a 19-point edge.
Blue Mountain moves to the fifth-place bracket and will play Clark on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Lane will play fellow Southern Region foe SW Oregon on Monday evening at 6 p.m. for a shot at the finals. [stats]
Wright scores 17 as Lane advances at NWAC tourney
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Marikah Wright had 17 points to lead Lane Community College to a 68-61 win against Skagit Valley in a first-round game at the Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Toyota Center.
Jenika Anglim led the Cardinals with 19 points and made five of her team’s 11 three-pointers.
Bre Dubois and Maddie Kiplinger also scored 13 each for the Titans, who broke the game open with a 20-1 run in the first half.
Next up for Lane is a quarterfinal game against Blue Mountain at 2 p.m. today.
The Timberwolves defeated Lower Columbia on Saturday, 85-82.
Kimbrough helps Lane women clinch second place
Jordan Kimbrough scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, and Lane clinched the Southern Region’s No. 2 seed to the NWAC women’s basketball tournament with a 78-49 rout of Chemeketa on Saturday afternoon at Lane.
Lane (22-7, 8-4 Southern Region) will face Skagit Valley, the No. 3 seed from the Northern Region, in the first round of the 16-team NWAC tournament at noon Saturday in Kennewick, Wash. It’s the Titans’ 14th consecutive trip to the tournament.
Bre DuBois added 17 points for Lane, and Jacia Jointer had 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Lane held the Storm to 29 percent shooting in the first half and rolled to a 43-23 halftime lead.
The Titans had 16 steals and forced Chemeketa (5-20, 3-9) into 27 turnovers.
Jessica Roberts and Jessica Sexson led Chemeketa with 11 points apiece.
Titans solidify position with 56-50 victory
COOS BAY — Marikah Wright scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Lane women defeated Southwestern Oregon 56-50 in a Northwest Athletic Conference basketball game Wednesday. Jordan Kimbrough finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Titans, who are 21-7 and in second place in the NWAC South Region at 7-4. The Lakers (15-11, 6-5 NWAC) were led by Aminata Cole with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Kimbrough leads Titans past Portland
Jordan Kimbrough had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for Lane Community College in a 77-45 rout of visiting Portland in a NWAC women’s basketball game on Saturday.
Maddie Kiplinger also scored 13 for the Titans (20-7, 6-4 Southern Region) and Marikah Wright had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Titans shoot, rebound to beat Saints
GRESHAM — Jordan Kimbrough scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Lane to a 77-52 victory over Mount Hood in an NWAC Southern Region women’s basketball game Saturday night.
The Titans (19-7, 5-4 Southern Region) shot 46 percent from the field and outrebounded the Saints 50-31 in the victory.
Carmen Wright added 14 points and Marikah Wright had nine points and eight rebounds for Lane.
Delanee Martin led Mount Hood (5-19, 1-8) with 17 points.
The Titans are off on Wednesday before playing host to Portland on Saturday.