2011 NWAACC Women's Basketball Championships (Recap)

03/10/2011 10:28

 Round #4: Lane 55 Clackamas 35 box

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The game was a bit of a see-saw affair in the first half until the closing minutes of the period when Lane grabbed a six point lead at the break, 34-28. Clackamas shot a dismal 12% from the field in the second period and set a tournament record low of fewest points in a half with just 7. Lane continued to roll, mounting a 54-33, then hit a scoring drought of their own with eight minutes remaining, but did enough to take the win.

Kristen Huff (26pts) and Ashley Smith (18pts) combined on 42 of the Titans' 55 points. Huff also had a monster game on the boards, grabbing 19 while Smith got another 11. The Cougars were led by Shayla Ball and Sam McCloud who each hade 10pts. Ball also recorded 10 rebounds and McCloud added another 6.

The Titan end their season with a fourth place finish and a 24-6 record while Clackamas (25-4) takes seventh to go with their region title.

Round #3: Lane 58 Highline 42 Box
Highline took an early lead and held for the opening 10 minutes until Lane's offense got rolling, tied it at 12-12 and went into the dressing rooms with a seven point lead 28-21. The Thunderbirds kept the Titans within reach for the first 14 minutes of the second period, but Lane then went on a 15-5 run to end the T-Birds' season.

Lanes's Ashley Smith led all scorers with 21 points and Brittany May added 12 more. Smith was huge in the paint, pulling down a game high 14 boards while Susan Smith dished 4 assists and picked 4 steals. Jocelyn Jones was Highline's top scorer with 13 and also turned in 6 assists.

Lane will take on the winner of the 4pm Clackamas - Lower Columbia game tomorrow at 12pm for fourth place. Highline ends its season with a 19-10 overall record.

Round #2: Columbia Basin 58 Lane 46 Box
Lane had the hometown Hawks on the ropes early on and went into the locker room with a 29-16 lead. The poor shooting (22% FG) that troubled CBC in the first half plagued Lane (24%) in the second as the Hawks whittled away the deficit and finally took the lead with less than four minutes remaining. the Hawks held the Titans to a single field goal in the final ten minutes and cruised to a 12 point victory.

Four Hawks enjoyed double-digit scoring led by Tiffany Idler's 15 while Trishi Williams (12), Andrea Bland (11) and Jorie Freeman (10) combined for another 33 points. Williams also pulled down a game high 15 rebounds and Idler had 5 steals. Ashley Smith paced the Titans with 18 points and nine rebounds while Reed Levings led Lane with 10 boards.

Second-ranked Columbia Basin advances to meet Walla Walla in the semifinal tomorrow at 8pm and Lane will try to remain alive for a fourth place finish in a contest with Highline tomorrow at 2pm.

Round #1: Lane Titans 80, Clark Penguins 49 box

 
  Lane's Reed Levings dribbles past Clark's Kristen Munson.

The Lane Titans stormed to victory over the Clark Penguins in their first game of the tournament, winning 80-49.

The Lady Titans were led by Ashley Smith and Brittany May, each with 26 points. Smith also contributed 14 rebounds. For the Penguins, Lacy Kruse put up 16 points.

The Lane Titans will see the winner of today’s 4 p.m. match up between Columbia Basin and Everett, tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Penguins will play again at 10 a.m. against the loser of that matchup.