Second Half Turnaround Leads Geoducks to Victory

OLYMPIA, Wash. – After scoring just 17 points in the first half, the Evergreen Geoducks exploded for 48 points in the second half to earn a 65-48 win over the Corban Warriors in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

With the win, the Geoducks push their win streak to four CCC games in a row, which sets a new school record for success.

The first half belonged to Corban as the Warriors controlled the glass by a margin of 22-12 over the first 20 minutes while shooting 40.9% from the field.  The Geoducks didn’t help their cause, shooting just 26.9% in the first half as they entered halftime down 23-17.

Corban continued to hold the lead until the 12:24 mark when LaNiecia Weatherspoon (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS/Yakima Valley CC) hit a jumper that put Evergreen up by one and the Geoducks never looked back. The lead hit double-digits with 8:45 left to play on the first of two made free throws by Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC).

The Geoducks kept it up the rest of the way, earning their largest lead of the night with just 41 seconds to play as Weatherspoon scored another two to give the Geoducks their eventual 65-48 win.

Evergreen was led by 15 points off the bench from Weatherspoon.  Clark added 14 points in the win while Jessica Denmon (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS/Skagit Valley CC) scored 12 points and brought down 10 rebounds for the double-double.  Junior Brittany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC) added 11 points in the win.  The Geoducks 48 points in the second half match Corban’s offensive output for the entire game.

Corban was led by 15 points from Jade Lowery.  Sadie Pilgeram added 12 points while Tara Vanweerdhuizen finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds to earn the double-double.  The Warriors shot an identical 9-for-22 for 40.9% in both halves.

Evergreen wraps up a three-game road stand next Saturday when they play host to in-state rival Northwest.  Tip with the Eagles is set for 5:30 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

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