Saints quiet the Storm to bolster playoff position
NWAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
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The Mt. Hood Community College women's basketball team bolstered their playoff position with a 54-39 home win over Chemeketa on Saturday.
A couple quick scoring spurts was all that was needed for the Saints to take command of the game.
After combining to shoot 8-for-45 (17.8%) through most of the first half, the Saints caught fire with Mina Sete hitting a corner 3. After forcing a turnover on the defensive end, Mt. Hood saw Emily Webber pull off a no-look pass to Ashley Parry for an easy layup.
Another turnover opened the door again, this time with Bri Rosales firing a deep pass ahead to Parry, who was fouled on her way to the hoop. She swished both free throws.
In a matter of 30 seconds, the Saints had turned a one-point game into an 18-10 lead.
"That came from us going hard on defense," Parry said. "We weren't shooting well, but we could still come up with stops."
The Saints on a game-clinching run coming out of the second half when Parry took an inbounds pass along the sideline and curved around the arc before breaking through the lane for a layup at the front of the rim. Next up, Tatiana Lyles drove the lane and flipped a no-look pass over her shoulder that found Rose Gwillim for an easy finish.
The Saints kept it going when Webber received the ball in the post, spun to her left, then twisted back into the lane and finished by changing direction a third time and scoring with an up-and-under move for a 33-16 lead.
"The girl guarding me was listed at 6-4, so I wasn't going to power over her. I had to get her feet moving, and I was able to catch her off balance," Webber said. "When you get on a run, you can feel the other team get down, and that's when we just keep pushing."
It was never close the rest of the way.
Coming out of a Chemeketa timeout, Gwillim scored down low, the Saints' forced a turnover and Bri Rosales swished a 3 to put the Saints up 52-37 with 1:30 to play.
Gwillim finished with a game-high 18 points to go along with 18 rebounds.
Mt. Hood (16-7) added to its cushion in the playoff chase, ending the week in a three-way tie for second place in the South Region.
The Mt. Hood men's team scored an 85-69 win over Chemeketa.
The Storm tied the game twice early in the second half before going scoreless for almost five minutes. Iversyn Smith and Jahville Collins came up with layups, and Leonard Dixon dunked to put the Saints in command 60-46.
Collins finished with a game-high 21 points on 10 of 13 (76.9%) shooting, while Dixon added 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The Saints (11-12) picked up a game on Chemeketa in the chase for the final tournament berth out of the South.
Mt. Hood travels to first-place Clackamas at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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This story is scheduled for our Feb. 12, print edition.
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