Walla Walla Community College overcame 25 turnovers here Saturday afternoon in NWAC East Region women’s basketball action, but survived Yakima Valley’s full court press at he the end to pull out a 70-57 win.
The Warriors mounted a 41-32 lead at intermission, but the Yaks made it interesting.
“The fourth quarter got a little scary,” WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. “Most of those 25 turnovers came at the end. They got down big and threw everything at us. We hadn’t seen a full court press before. Our guards are young and inexperienced. I feel good that we were able to hang on and survive. We will be prepared (for the full court press) next time.”
The Warriors Jessica Cheney and Kate Renfro took the offensive reigns for the Warriors on this night. Cheney produced a double, double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Renfro led all scorers with 24 points. The Warriors hit 11-of-18 from beyond the arc and Renfro led the way as she drained 6-of-her 8 attempts. Cheney hit three of four.
“We had a height advantage,” Hazeltine commented. “We thought we could go inside, but they doubled us. We kicked the ball out and Kate and Jessica shot well. It was a good night to have our guards shoot well.”
Sailor Leifke came off the Warrior bench to score 14 and hand out five assists as the WArriors move to 2-0 in East Region action.
Trista Takes Enemy led the Yaks with 19 points.
The Warriors travel to Wenatchee to continue East play Wednesday.
“That (Wenatchee) will be a tough match,” Hazeltine concluded.