Basketball
Bethany Baker, The World

The Southwestern Oregon Community College women’s basketball team won two of its three games over the weekend at the Shoreline crossover tournament in Washington.

SWOCC’s men, meanwhile, won one close game and lost another while going 1-2 in the Edmonds crossover.

Both teams now look ahead to their NWAC South Region league opener at home on Jan. 3 against Mount Hood.

For the SWOCC women, the weekend started with an 84-72 win over the Shoreline All-Stars.

Jessica Matheson had 26 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Madison Bell scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Raelyn Freitag had 14 points. Eniketi Fonua had eight points and 11 rebounds.

“In the third quarter, we finally got clicking and playing SWOCC basketball and put up a whopping 30 points in the quarter,” SWOCC coach Jeff Johnson said. “We did a good job of finishing the game and playing well together.”

SWOCC went 22-for-23 from the line in the win.

On Saturday, the Lakers used a strong finish to beat Highline 71-65, outscoring the Thunderbirds 26-14 in the fourth quarter.

Matheson had another huge game with 36 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Anna Hall and Madison Bell scored eight each and also had nine and eight rebounds, respectively.

“We were down most of the game,” Johnson said.

SWOCC went to a full-court press halfway through the fourth quarter and took control.

“It was a great fourth quarter,” he said. “Our defense was flying around. We got a couple of 10-second violations with our press and that’s what got us back into the game.”

The weekend ended with a 74-35 loss to Columbia Basin on Sunday.

“We just struggled getting shots up,” Johnson said. “We didn’t shoot very well and didn’t rebound very well.”

Matheson had 15 points and nobody else scored more than seven in the loss.

The Lakers finished the preseason 3-8 overall.

SWOCC’s men opened the weekend with a one-point win over Green River, edging the Gators 71-70.

Steven Price and Chase Berry each scored 13 points, Moses Miller and Carson Washburn added 11 apiece and Skyler Bradford scored 10.

“We really had a balanced scoring attack,” SWOCC coach Trevor Hoppe said. “Chase Berry was really active on the defensive end. He ended up with seven steals and with under a minute he got a steal and a breakaway layup to get us a one-point lead.”

Edmonds topped the Lakers 107-97 on Saturday when the Lakers weren’t able to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit.

“We really came out and responded in the second half,” Hoppe said. “I think we grew as a team in this. We had to play through some adversity. Even though we came up short, these guys showed a lot.”

Bradford had 20 points, James Walljasper 17, Garrett Curtis 16, Peyton Christman and Berry 13 each and Price 12. Walljasper also had seven assists, while Curtis hit five of eight 3-point attempts and even had a four-point play.

“Garrett Curtis really stepped up for us off the bench,” Hoppe said.

Curtis and Berry filled in with Miller out with a sore ankle.

On Sunday, defending NWAC champion Walla Walla edged the Lakers 86-85.

SWOCC trailed by nine with under 2 minutes to go and pulled within one.

“We battled back and just weren’t able to get over the hump,” Hoppe said.

Miller hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points and SWOCC went 14-for-23 overall from long range in the game. Walljasper had 19 points, seven rebounds and nine assists and Price had 16 points. Christman added nine points and Berry had 10 rebounds.

Landon Radliff scored 31 points for Walla Walla.

The Lakers finished the preseason 6-6.

“We get a little break, a well-deserved break,” Hoppe said. “The guys have been working real hard. Hopefully we’ll come back refreshed and ready to go for South Region play.”

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