That got the rest of the
Toyota Center crowd joining in, and then the CBC women’s basketball
players themselves did it in the locker room after the game.
chants were for CBC coach Cheryl Holden, who put together another solid
team this season and has taken the team to the Northwest Athletic
Association of Community Colleges finals, where the Hawks will play
Umpqua in today’s championship at 5:30 p.m.
An emotional Holden smiled, but would have none of it.
“They were way too nice,” she said. “I didn’t make any baskets out there. It was all the kids.”
watched her kids struggle at the beginning, falling behind 13-3 at the
outset before calling a timeout. The Titans made it 15-3 coming out of
“I said nothing (in the timeout),” Holden said. “We
were fine. There was lots of time. They were just a little tight at the
beginning of the game.”
But the Hawks overcame that tightness by using what’s made them the top team in the entire NWAACC this season: defense.
hands on passes, stealing balls, blocking out and holding Lane to just
one shot each time down. Name it, the Hawks did it.
CBC exploded with a 19-3 run over the next six minutes, and the Hawks took the lead for good.
In fact, Holden turned to her assistant coaches and asked “Who was it tonight?”
each of the first three games, it’s been two or three different players
who have been key players in the turning point of the game.
Monday was no different.
This time it was Kellie Ross and Lacie French.
Ross hit two long 3-point field goals, and French added six points during the big 19-3 run.
an added measure, both players closed out the first half with two treys
each to turn a four-point lead into a 45-34 halftime advantage.
haven’t been shooting well the last couple of games,” said Ross, who
finished with six 3-point field goals and 20 points. “But I have the
green light from Coach. She told me before the game to keep shooting.”
As for French, she provided the hustle and spark the Hawks needed in the first half.
defense, defense, defense,” said French, who finished with 20 points
and 11 rebounds. “It’s definitely not one person on this team, but
everyone who can step up.”
Holden liked what she saw so much, she started French and substitute Lyndsay Oswalt in the second half.
had another double-double coming off the bench, with 12 points and 13
rebounds. In fact starter Sydney Mercer, an All-East Region selection,
picked up two quick fouls in the first minute of the game, got left out
of the rotation for much of the contest.
“The other group was in
the flow,” said Holden. “Sydney didn’t do anything wrong. I really
belive in the flow of the game. They understand. Maybe they don’t like
You couldn’t tell. Mercer was cheering wildly for her teammates.
In the second half, Lane cut the CBC lead to seven points. But that was as close as the Titans could get.
was the most complete team we’ve faced by far,” said Lane coach Greg
Sheley. “That’s why they’ve been ranked No. 1 this season.”
what he was concerned about before the game, Sheley responded “What
weren’t we concerned about? They had balance and their defense was
strong. I just hoped they didn’t shoot that well.”
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