Women’s Basketball Takes 3rd at Everett Tournament
The BC women’s basketball team traveled to Everett over three days, November 22-24, to compete in the Everett Community College Tournament and came away with a third place finish. The Bulldogs finished 2-1 for the weekend, including a statement victory on Friday playing against the defending NWAACC Champions, Lane Community College Titans.
In a non-league game as the opener of the tournament, the Bulldogs were able to build a 14-point lead by halftime and never looked back, defeating Lane 72-58. Four Bellevue players scored in double figures, led by sophomore captain Airashay Rogers who tallied 22 points with six rebounds and five steals. With two minutes left, Lane began fouling to try and cut into the lead, however, the Bulldogs stayed resilient and calm under pressure making 14 of their 17 free throws. Helping to secure the victory for the Bulldogs, Rogers completed 10 of 13 free throws, and Bellevue sophomore Tayler Flemming netted eight of eight free throws, for a total of 15 points on the night. Alexis Berrysmith contributed 12 points and nine rebounds, while Hunter Hopkins had 11 points and six steals.
On Saturday, following the emotional win from Friday, the Bulldogs lost their first game of the season to East division powerhouse Columbia Basin, 63-51. The Bulldogs fell behind early and were down by 11 by halftime, but came out strong in the second half going on a 15-4 run tying the game at 40 points apiece. The CBC Hawks had a run of their own still left and once again were able to build a lead and finish the game on 23-11 run. The Bulldogs had some good looks at the basket from well-executed set plays down the stretch to cut into the lead, however, there seemed to be an invisible lid over the rim and Bellevue was unable to capitalize on their open opportunities. Bellevue was led by sophomore forward Jori Hall adding 11 points and eight rebounds, while fellow sophomore Maddison Rankin added 10 points of her own.
On Sunday, November 24, the final day of the tournament, Bellevue rallied to defeat the host Everett Trojans in their third game in as many days to claim third place with a final score Bulldogs 74, Trojans 72. In an up-and-down game, the Bulldogs held on down the stretch, including a defensive stop to finish the game denying Everett’s attempt to tie the game. Bellevue’s Hall had a monster game leading the Bulldogs in the victory with 23 points and 13 rebounds helping to set the tone for the Bulldogs, especially in the second half.
The Bulldogs will be back in action in a week and a half when they host the Bellevue Crossover Tournament December 6-8, with seven visiting teams from throughout the NWAACC.
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