GHC women win fifth in a row, roll by South Puget Sound

C.C. Women’s Basketball

Chokers 69, Clippers 52

OLYMPIA — Alexia Thrower led all scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds as Grays Harbor College won its fifth game in a row by knocking off host South Puget Sound on Wednesday night.

With two games to play in the season, GHC is tied with Tacoma for third place in the NWAC Western Division standings. Both teams are one game up on Highline for the final two berths into the NWAC Tournament in Everett.

The Chokers (7-5, 12-12) took a five-point lead in the first quarter and turned it into a 19-point margin at halftime with a 20-6 second quarter. The Clippers brought it back to 13 points in the second half, but couldn’t get closer.

Angela Sikora added 14 points, with Estelle Wilson 12 points and six rebounds and nine rebounds from Jaylin Brasher-Norwood.

On Saturday, GHC hits the road to take on second-ranked Lower Columbia College in Longview.

GHC 17 20 11 21 — 69 SPS 12 6 17 17 — 52

Grays Harbor College (69) — Begay 6, Wilson 12, Thrower 24, Efferson 2, Sikora 14, Brasher-Norwood 5, Salazar 6. FG — 24-59. FT — 15-23.

South Puget Sound (52) — Ellsworth 2, S. Sauls 10, Sowle, T. Sauls 5, McMillan, Hall 3, McGill 21, Clowes, Bergquist 7, Kes. Demers 4, Kee. Demers. FG — 19-70. FT — 11-18.

C.C. Men’s Basketball

Clippers 98, Chokers 60

OLYMPIA — Another slow start in the first half produced an identical deficit for the second straight contest for Grays Harbor in a loss to NWAC Western Division champs South Puget Sound on Wednesday.

Shooting just under 18 percent from the field in the opening half, the Chokers fell behind early and took a 45-17 deficit into the halftime locker room. GHC (3-9, 7-20) nearly played even with the second-ranked Clippers (12-0, 21-4) in the second half, but couldn’t trim the deficit.

“It was exact same score as our last game (against Pierce),” GHC head coach Alonzo Cole said. “We just couldn’t get going in the first half. They’re a very good team. They were get-able and I think we could have got them, but we dug a deep hole.”

Jordan Phillips led the Chokers with 18 points, with John Robinson adding 14 points and nine rebounds and Malik Redmond 10 points and seven rebounds.

On Saturday, GHC travels to Longview to take on Lower Columbia College.

Grays Harbor (60) — Hickle 7, Rowland 2, Redmond 10, Robinson 14, Leslie, Rainey 8, Phillips 18, Hayes 1, Bean. FG — 18-62. FT — 18-28.

South Puget Sound (98) — Chavez 13, Key 9, Stoudamire 22, Hampton 4, Deloney 6, Goff 3, Hodges 5, Kuajian 14, Hamilton 4, Reynolds, Black 16, Jarrett 2. FG — 34-70. FT — 19-24.

Halftime: South Puget Sound 45, Grays Harbor 17.