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Cold shooting in the first half was more than Lower Columbia College could overcome as the eighth-ranked Red Devils fell to seventh-ranked Bellevue 70-62 in the quarterfinal round of the NWAC Women’s Basketball Championships in the Walt Price Fitness Center on Friday at Everett College.

LCC ended its season 23-9.

“When we started the season, we looked like Goliath. We had all the positions, all the players back,” coach Chad Meadors said. “By the time we got to the end, we were there with our little slingshots. We were David. And we just ran out of little rocks to put in our sling.”

The Red Devils made an ice-cold 27 percent of their first-quarter shots to trail 17-9, and netted 28 percent of their attempts in the second quarter to trail 38-21 at halftime.

LCC’s offense picked up in the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs 41-32, including a 20-13 margin in the final 10 minutes.

“We were swimming upstream all day long,” Meadors said. “We missed our first few; we were missing layups; we were missing free throws. They made a couple buckets and that didn’t help our psyche at all. We just put too much pressure on ourselves. We wanted to win so bad.”

Bellevue, which also outrebounded the Red Devils 45-38, made 43 percent of its shots, 27-63.

Cherita Daugherty had a double-double in her final game at LCC, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Madison Crews closed out her Devils’ career with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, sophomore Shanay Dotson added 12 points and five rebounds, and Hayley Niles grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots in her farewell game.

“It wasn’t from lack of effort,” Meadors said. “We fought all the way to the end. If it was about playing hard, we should have won. But you have to make some buckets. It doesn’t help that Bellevue’s a really good team.”


Lower Columbia 6, Lane 2: Justin Solt struck out 10 over six innings while allowing two runs as the Red Devils beat Lane at David Story Field on Friday. Kyle Sandstrom scored on a sacrifice fly in the second inning to put LCC on the board, and two more came across in the fourth inning. LCC added another run in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth inning. Sandstrom scored three times in the win.

Lane 3, Lower Columbia 2: Only 10 Red Devils reached base at David Story Field Friday, spoiling Jared Akin’s quality start. Akin allowed three runs over six innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Mitch Lines threw three innings of relief, allowing two hits against one strikeout.

Catcher GJ Hurst smacked a homer in the fourth inning to put LCC on the board and JT Strickler scored from second on Noah Andrews’ fifth-inning single.

The Red Devils entered the sixth inning up 2-0, but a two-run single tied the score and Lane plated the winning run with a two-out double.


Lower Columbia 6, Shoreline 0: Christine Robbins twirled a one-hitter with seven punchouts at the Lacey Regional Athletic Complex Friday in the twinbill opener.

Robbins was working a perfect game until the final frame, her sole blemish a double to right field. She also scored a run and knocked in a run.

Lower Columbia 19, Pierce 4 (5 innings): A Red Devil onslaught that included a fourth inning grand slam from Briana Harvill and homers from Cheyenne Gilbertson and Kaylee Strahan’s first in an LCC uniform. Arielle Burnett hit a fifth inning home run which solidified the mercy-rule territory.


Sports Reporter

Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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