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Lane tops Bellevue for repeat

2007-03-04 22:43:47

KENNEWICK, WASH- The Lane Titans led the 2007 NWAACC Championship game from start to finish. The tournament's Most Valuable Player, Mercedes Alexander of Lane proved her value by scoring 10 of Lane's first 16 points. That great start built an eight point advantage from which Bellevue would never recover.

The Titans had an eleven point lead with five minutes remaining on the clock and nine points at halftime. After the half, Bellevue went on a run to cut the lead and tie the game 40-40 with 15:10 left to play. That run took all that Bellevue had left and Lane responded to build an 11 point lead.

Lane won the game off second chance points out rebounding Bellevue 21-9 on the offensive board. The offensive rebounds led to 18 second-chance points.

For Bellevue, Luv Rattler led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Latrina Woods had 17 points.

The Bulldogs finish the season 26-5. Their second place at the NWAACC Tournament is Bellevue's best finish in 13 tournament appearances.

Lane wins their second consecutive title and finish the season 29-4.

Lane's Sheri Gates wins her second NWAACC title. Gates was a member of the 1997 Umpqua team that won the NWAACC Championship. At the time she was Sherri Nowak.

Andrea Blodgett, Yakima Valley; Jennifer Deyoung, Bellevue; Kammy Martindale, Lane; Luv Rattler, Bellevue; Samantha Tinned, Highline.

Sara Bergner, Whatcom; Marissa Bower, Bellevue; Vanessa McCormick, Lower Columbia; Chelsea Morrison, Yakima Valley; Sadie Short, Walla Walla.

MOST VALUABLE: Mercedes Alexander, Lane.

MOST INSPIRATIONAL: Nikki DePeel, Columbia Basin.

Results from March 4, 2007
Lower Columbia 51 def Columbia Basin 46
Lower Columbia (13-3, 20-9) finishes in fourth place. Columbia Basin (9-5, 23-8) finishes seventh.

Yakima Valley 92 def Walla Walla 56
Yakima Valley (12-2, 29-4) finishes third. Walla Walla (9-5, 16-11) finishes sixth.

Highline 61 def Whatcom 52
Highline (14-2, 27-6) finishes fifth. Whatcom (13-3, 21-11) finishes eighth.

Lane 81 def Bellevue 65
Lane (13-1, 29-4) win their second consecutive NWAACC title. Bellevue (13-3, 23-4) finishes second for their best ever finish at the NWAACC Tournament.

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