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Highline Takes 3rd Place in Bellevue Classic Tournament
Wins Over Skagit Valley and Bellevue, an Overtime Loss to Lane
Dec. 6-8 The Highline Women’s Basketball team took third place in the Bulldog Classic (at Bellevue) with wins over Skagit Valley and Bellevue, and a tough loss in overtime to Lane College.
Dec. 6 – Highline defeated the Skagit Valley Cardinals 57-51 box behind the scoring of Victoria Ellerby (16 points) and Allie Weathersby (13 points) . Highline held the Cardinals to 26% shooting in taking a 34-20 halftime lead and while Skagit Valley closed the deficit, it could not complete the comeback. The Thunderbirds dominated the boards 39-24 with Jada Piper ‘s 11 rebounds leading the team.
Dec. 7 – Highline fell to the Lane Titans 80-70 box in overtime after a close, tense game was dominated by the Titans in overtime. Neither team able to take more than a seven point lead in regulation time and a small rally by the T-Birds in the last two minutes tied the game at 68-68 after 40 minutes of play. This was when Lane took control of the contest, outscoring Highline 12-2 for the win. The Thunderbirds were done in by poor shooting, hitting only 36% from the floor. Lane wasn’t much better at 40% but this difference was enough for the win. Jada Piper led Highline with 14 points, while Allie Weathersby contributed 13 points and Jordan Armstrong and Sienna Pollard added 10 points each. Armstrong and Victoria Elleby shared rebounding honors with seven.
Dec. 8 – The T-Birds finished 2-1 in the Classic after cruising to a 69-49 box win over the host Bellevue Bulldogs. Highline had its best shooting game of the tournament, hitting 46% while holding the Bulldogs to 34% from the field. Jordan Armstrong of Highline led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Victoria Ellerby with 14 points and Jada Piper with 11 points. Ellerby led the team with 9 rebounds.
Highline moves to 4-1 for the season, with a home game against Peninsula College on Dec. 12 next on the schedule.
Going to the Hoop against Lane
T-Birds Keep Bulldogs on Leash
Highline Defeats Bellevue 72-58 to go 4-0 for Season
Dec. 5 - The temperatures approached freezing outside and so was the shooting in the first half for both teams but Highline's offense got going in the last 20 minutes to sweep past Bellevue 72-58 box. Doug McDaniel of the Thunderbirds, with 15 points, was one of four T-Birds in double figures, including Joseph Stroud's overall fine game with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. AJ Holloway and Austin O'Keefe each scored 16 points to lead Bellevue.
Both team had trouble scoring in the first half primarily due to poor shooting. Highline, who had hit the 100 point mark in its previous three games shot only 27% and Bellevue only 24% as the half ended with Highline leading 23-22. It was in the second half that Highline got going, scoring 49 points on 50% shooting and slowly pulling away from the Bulldogs in the final six minutes. The free throw line was the key; Highline was 25-38 from the line while Bellevue went 10-20.
With the win Highline improves to 4-0 for the season and has a week off to prepare for the Bulldog Classic in Bellevue starting on Dec. 13 (bracket). Highline's first opponent is Big Bend.
Pardon Me, Coming Through
Highline's Madison McCaffrey on the drive against Darien Muongvang (2).
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Updated on August 23, 2013
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