WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Lane 81, Skagit Valley 54

03/09/2009 11:16

WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Lane 81, Skagit Valley 54 [box score]
After an unsuspected domination over Umpqua last night, Skagit Valley hoped for a repeat against favored Lane. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Titans jumped out to a 22-0 lead to start the game and left the bewildered Skagit Valley team scoreless for the first 7.5 minutes, heading into the locker room down by 29 points.

It was a blow from which the Cardinals would not recover. Although gritty defensive play in the second half from Alex Love showed Skagit Valley kept heart, the Titans were never in danger and the ladies from Lane went on to win the 2009 NWAACC Basketball Championship, 81-54.

The Lane domination was spread out, with five players in the double digits. High scorer was first team Southern Region all star Sheena Cole with 15. Second team all star Carmen Williams had 14 with a few beautiful shots in the paint and Jennifer Kimbrow also had 14. Sarah Whitfield had the game’s only double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The team shot 42% from the field.

The shining star for the weary Cardinals was first team Northern Region all-star Keri Arendse who was responsible for 19 points. Teammate and Northern Region MVP Brittany Janz shot 0-for-8 in the first half but finished the game with 14. Overall, the Cardinals shot 24% from field goal range.

This is the third championship in five years for Lane Community College, who finish the season 27-5. The Cardinals return home with second place finish in the NWACC tournament and a 27-2 season.