No Tywanna, no problem.
Eighth-ranked Lower Columbia College got 22 points from Cherita Daugherty and 20 points from Shanay Dotson as the Red Devils rolled North Idaho 84-63 in the first round of the NWAC Women’s Basketball Championships at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center on Friday in Everett.
LCC (23-8), which played without leading scorer Tywanna Abbott due to a season-ending knee injury suffered in late February, advances into the tournament quarterfinals to face seventh-ranked Bellevue this afternoon at 4 in Everett.
The victory avenges two losses to the Cardinals earlier in the season.
“Defensively, we went into a zone which we didn’t do in the last two games,” LCC coach Chad Meadors said. “They seemed to be a little surprised, and it put them back on their heels. We took them out of their comfort zone.”
The Red Devils’ defense held NIC to 19 percent shooting in the first quarter, and 15 percent in the second quarter as they rolled to a 43-18 halftime lead. During the same span, LCC made nearly two-third of its first quarter attempts, 46 percent in the second 10 minutes, and 52 percent in the second half.
“Our first couple shots went in so we stayed really aggressive on offense,” Meadors said. “We protected against fouls, which allowed us to play free and easy throughout the game.”
North Idaho opened the second half on a 15-4 run to trim its deficit to 47-33 with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter, but the Red Devils responded with seven consecutive points to put the game away.
“We had a bit of a dry spell in the third quarter when they tried to make a run,” Meadors said. “Cherita had a hand in stopping that, beginning with a nice pull-up jumper.”
Madison Crews added 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds, Hayley Niles had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Kenya Lorton chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Daugherty also grabbed six rebounds and dished six assists, and Dotson pulled six rebounds.
“We were able to spread the ball around with six really good scorers,” Meadors added. “Now, we have to go over things and gameplan for Bellevue.”
Umpqua 83, Peninsula 62: Former LCC volleyball player Jocelyn Moore came off the bench to make 5 of 6 shots for 10 points for Peninsula. In 19 minutes, she also grabbed four rebounds and dished two assists.