North Idaho College cruised to a 78-48 victory over Georgia Perimeter in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association national women’s basketball tournament in Salina, Kan., on Wednesday.
The fifth-seeded Cardinals (29-3) raced to a 42-16 halftime lead over the 12th-seeded Jaguars (28-6).
Cardinals sophomores Kama Griffitts, a 5-foot-11 guard from Coeur d’Alene, finished with 16 points and Camille Reynolds, a 5-5 guard from Rathdrum, led the team with 18.
Tonight at 6 PDT North Idaho plays No. 4 seed State Fair Community College of Missouri, which beat 13th-seeded Chattanooga State Community College 66-50 on Wednesday. The Roadrunners are 29-4.
NIC finished ninth in the 2008-2009 tournament and eighth last season.
Whitworth guard Michael Taylor has been named the NCAA Division III West Region Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and by D3hoops.com, while head coach Jim Hayford is the NABC West Region Coach of the Year for the second straight season. David Riley was picked to the D3hoops.com All-West Region third team.
In addition, Taylor has been invited to play in the NABC All-Star game at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, Va.
Lewis-Clark State (14-5) rallied from a three-run deficit to overcome Whitworth 5-3 in a nonconference game at Lewiston.
Landon Scott and Brandon Ellendt had two hits each for Whitworth (6-10) while Tyler Feffer drove in two runs.
The Spokane Shock have added offensive lineman Vinnie Olsen and released OL Vladimir Richard. Olsen, 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, was a three-year veteran of the af2.
Spokane County golf courses MeadowWood and Liberty Lake will open earlier than originally planned. MeadowWood plans to open today with Liberty Lake scheduled to open on Friday.