Warriors shut down Timberwolves

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DES MOINES, Wash. — Walla Walla Community College’s women knew they hand their hands full with Blue Mountain’s offense in the championship game of the NWAACC Highline Crossover here Sunday.

The Timberwolves’ Kim Pickett led the league in scoring, and Hailey Markham-Patti scored 28 points against Highline on Saturday.

“They’re a really good offensive team,” Warrior coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. “That was our focus: if we could play with them defensively, then we could outscore them, and that’s the main reason we won the game.”

The Warriors held Pickett to 10 points, and Markham-Patti nine — both mostly on late field goals — as WWCC handed Blue Mountain the 69-46 defeat to win the crossover title.

“To play a championship game against someone in our (division) it tough,” Hazeltine said. “Blue Mountain is really good this year. We came out and played really well, we had a pretty good game plan.”

To start with, Hazeltine put Allie Kelsey on Markham-Patti.

“She’s probably their best shooter,” Hazeltine said of Markham-Patti. “She did not score a basket on Allie all night long. I thought that was key right there, how well Allie defended her.”

And Michelle Seitz and Brooke Hawkins teamed up on Pickett, who was averaging better than 20 points a game, to hold her to 3-of-15 shooting for 10 points.

“I though defensively we were really good,” Hazeltine said.

“The (final) score is not indicative of how close the game was,” she said. “It felt close the whole way. We just played really well.”

Hailey Felgenhauer went off for 30 points for the Warriors, with Caitlin Duncan putting up 10 and Kelsey eight.

“Hailey, she was tournament MVP,” Hazeltine said. “She’s playing so well. And Caitlin Duncan had a great game. She does the little things, and makes great shots.”

The Warriors are now 10-1, and head into an extended break before resuming play Dec. 29 hosting Portland.

“I gave the kids 10 days off,” Hazeltine said. “That’s an awfully big break for a basketball team, but they deserve it. They’ll come back rejuvenated.

“For this early in the season, we played awfully well in the tournament,” Hazeltine said. “I didn’t expect to be 10-1 at this point, we have lots of kids on the roster that didn’t play last year. So 10-1, we’ll take that. It’s a grat place to be headed into Christmas break.”

WWCC 69, Blue Mountain 46

WWCC (69) — Seitz 3-11 0-0 7, Hawkins 2-3 0-1 4, Jordan 0-1 0-0 0, DeLong 2-2 0-0 4, Duncan 4-5 2-2 10, Rad 0-4 0-0 0, Felgenhauer 13-19 4-4 30, Kelsey 4-9 0-0 8, Siler 0-0 0-0 0, Stefanski 0-0 2-2 2, Anderson 1-6 2-4 4. Totals 29-60 10-13 69.

BLUE MOUNTAIN (46) — Desautel-Ootsey 2-3 0-0 4, Gutzman 1-8 4-6 6, Markham-Patti 2-7 4-4 9, Phillips 0-2 0-0 0, Stover 1-2 0-0 2, Pickett 3-15 4-4 10, Via 2-5 0-0 4, Rodriquez 0-0 0-0 0, Lovgren 5-10 1-1 11. Totals 16-52 13-15 46.

Halftime score — WWCC 35, Blue Mountain 27. 3-point goals — WWCC 1 (Seitz), BM 1 (Markham-Patti). Total fouls — WWCC 12, BM 17. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — WWCC 44 (Felgenhauer 9), BM 27 (Gutzman 5). Turnovers — WWCC 16, BM 14. Assists — WWCC 17 (Hawkins 10), BM 8 (Stover 4).

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