Droughts costly as Sasquatch eliminated
Scoring droughts proved costly to the Community Colleges of Spokane men and women at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges basketball tournament on Monday in Walla Walla.
The CCS men went more than 3 1/2 minutes to start the second half without scoring while Edmonds went on a 9-0 run to open a 16-point lead and cruise to a 92-70 victory that eliminated the Sasquatch.
The CCS women, despite losing league scoring leader Riley Holsinger to an injury 15 minutes into the game, rode the scoring of Morgan Freeman to a seven-point lead with 3:12 to play but were outscored 10-2 by Lower Columbia as the Red Devils ousted the Sasquatch 67-66.
Kwinn Hanson of CCS, the game scoring leader with 25 points, hit a putback with 13 minutes to go to get the Sasquatch men (18-13) within nine, but the Tritons went on an 11-0 run, pushing their lead to as many as 24 points.
Payton Pervier had 19 points to lead four Tritons in double figures and 25 rebounds, including 22 on the defensive end. He has 68 rebounds in three games, one shy of the tournament record. He also had five blocked shots and four steals.
Holsinger (North Central), who averaged 22 points during the season, had scored six when she was sidelined. Freeman tried to pick up the slack, scoring a game-high 30 points, but Briana Anderson was the only other Sasquach (16-14) in double figures with 10. She also had 10 rebounds, as did Emily Schramm.
Arinesha Smith led LC with 16 points, including the game-winning layup inside the final minute. She also had a key block on a shot by Anderson moments before.
Jon Manlow stopped 29 shots and Kurtis Redding had a goal and an assist to lead the Spokane Braves to a 3-0 win in Nelson that kept them alive in the division semifinal against the No. 1 Leafs.
Game 6 in the best-of-seven series that Nelson leads 3-2 is tonight at 7 at Eagles Ice-A-Rena.