CCS teams reach semis
The Community Colleges of Spokane men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to the semifinals of the NWAACC championships in Kennewick.
The Sasquatch men beat two-time defending champion Clackamas 72-53, while the women beat Lower Columbia 66-62.
Preston Wynne led all scorers with 25 points in CCS’ win over Clackamas, and DeAngelo Jones and Danny Marshall each added 12. Marshall also collected eight rebounds.
The Sasquatch led by four points at the half but outscored the Cougars by 15 in the second half to earn the berth in the semifinals. CCS will face the Peninsula Pirates tonight at 8.
For the women, Amanda Buttrey led a trio of double-digit scorers for CCS with 22 points. Brooke Randall had 18 with 10 rebounds, while Korrie Bourn scored 14 points with 14 rebounds.
After trailing most of the game, the Red Devils tied the game at 55 with just under four minutes remaining.
CCS then built the lead back to six points before holding on for the four-point victory.
The Sasquatch women will play Yakima Valley tonight at 6.
Southern California 65, Washington 61 (OT): Jacki Gemelos hit two key 3-pointers late and Briana Gilbreath recorded a double-double as the Trojans got by the Huskies in Los Angeles.
Gemelos, who led the Trojans (18-11, 10-8 Pac-10) with 15 points, hit a 29-foot 3 to tie the game with 9 seconds left in regulation then added another in OT, giving USC a 62-59 lead with 1:19 remaining. The Trojans led the rest of the way.
Kristi Kingma scored 16 points and Sarah Morton had 14 for the Huskies (11-16, 6-12) in the final Pac-10 game before the conference tournament starts Wednesday.
Washington, the No. 7 seed, will face California to open the tournament.