Grattic, Tiemersma lead WCC women to victory

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 5, 2014 

Kortney Grattic had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Kayla Tiemersma had 17 points as the Whatcom Community College women's basketball team earned a 63-45 NWAACC victory Wednesday, Feb. 5, at home over Skagit Valley College.

WCC coach Sara Bergner said it was key for her players to feed the ball to Grattic and Tiemersma.

"We were able to find the two of them for easy layups," Bergner said in a phone interview. "I think we did an excellent job in the half court tonight."

The Orcas improved to 13-7 overall and 8-1 in the North Region.

Nikki Gilbert had five points and five assists for WCC, Grattic also had five assists, and Nathalie Gruber chipped in with six points.

Sydney Brown led Skagit Valley with 18 points.

SVC freshmen Melissa Stadt, who graduated from Nooksack Valley High School, and Janna Poradun, who graduated from Squalicum High School, had four points each for the Cardinals.

With five games remaining in the regular season, Bergner said her team is playing well at the right time.

"We talk to our girls about peaking at the right time," she said. "I feel like we had a rough start but we are getting into a groove now."

The Orcas have a 5 p.m. game Saturday, Feb. 8, at Edmonds, which is 1-17 on the season.

WCC 63, SVC 45

SVC: Savannah Turrieta 1, Mimi Wood 3, Jessica Flintz 0, Serenna Duncan 0, Sydney Brown 18, Samantha Kelleigh 13, Taylor Graham 0, Winter Brown 0, Janna Poradun 4, Linda Wislon 2, Melissa Stadt 4, Aria Boyd 0. Totals 12-54 16-26 45.

WCC: Milan Woods 5, Nathalie Gruber 6, Alisha Friberg 6, Nikki Gilbert 5, Kortney Grattic 17; Lindy Swanson 2; Miriah Brown 0, Katie Tietje 0, Mikayla Brown 5, Kayla Tiemersma 17. Totals 25-56 8-14 63.

Half: WCC 26, SVC 21

3-ptg: SVC 5 (Samantha Kelleigh 3); WCC 5 (Alisha Friberg 2, Kortney Grattic 2). Rebounds: SVC 35 (Winter Brown 6); WCC 47 (Kortney Grattic 12). Assists: SVC 4 (Mimi Wood 1, Sydney Brown 1, Samantha Kelleigh 1, Winter Brown 1); WCC 21 (Nikki Gilbert 5, Kortney Grattic 5). Fouls: SVC 13 (Mimi Wood); WCC 18. Turnovers: , SVC 15, WCC 17.

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