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Whatcom women keep playoff hopes alive

The Whatcom women’s basketball team kept its playoff hopes alive with a 67-59 win against Olympic on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Olympic College.

Kortney Grattic led the Orcas (13-14 overall, 8-6 NWAC) with 25 points, making three of the team’s four 3-pointers. Kayla Tiemersma had 19 points, Nikki Gilbert added 10 points and six assists.

“It was a big game for us. We came in knowing the playoffs are on the line,” Whatcom coach Sara Bergner said in a phone interview. “We did a good job attacking and getting to the free-throw line. Being aggressive is what we wanted going into the game.”

Whatcom was able to convert 19 of its 22 free-throw shots, compared to Olympic’s 7-for-14 free-throw shooting. The Orcas also outrebounded the Rangers 42-32 in the game.

“We talk about defending and rebounding as keys to games,” Bergner said. “We did a good job rebounding and limiting their (Olympic’s) second-chance points.”

With an Everett Community College loss tomorrow, Whatcom will clinch a spot in the Northwest Athletic Conference playoffs. If Everett wins, Whatcom and Everett will face-off in a play-in game on Tuesday, March 3. The winner of that game would clinch a spot in the playoffs.

WCC 67, Olympic 59

WCC

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WCC: Korrina Camacho 2, Madison Hinrichs 5, Gabrielle Hossack 0, Cheyanna Maxwell 2, Nikki Gilbert 10, Kortney Grattic 25, Makaliah Johnson 0, Mikayla Brown 4, Kayla Tiemersma 19. Totals: 22-49 19-22 67.

Olympic: Jazmin Gordon 8, Napua Fontes 11, Macy Walker 10, Amanda Carper 9, Hailey Chaney 2, Mariah Frazier 9, Tiffani Ferrell 8, Dashia Carter 1, Eboni Harpes 1. Totals: 21-63 7-14 59.

Half: 37-23

3-point field goals — WCC: 4 (Grattic 3); Olympic: 10 (Carper 3). Rebounds — WCC: 42 (Brown 11); Olympic: 32 (Carper 8). Assists — WCC: 11 (Gilbert 6); Olympic: 12 (Gordon, Walker, Chaney 3). Fouls — WCC: 13; Olympic: 17. Turnovers — WCC: 16; Olympic: 10.

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