Clark women defeat Blue Mountain for tourney title

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photoClark College's Brooke Bowen shoots against Blue Mountain Community College in the championship game of the 2013 Women's Basketball Crossover Tournament at Clark College, Sunday, December 22, 2013. Clark won 77-72. (Steven Lane/The Columbian)

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photoBlue Mountain Community College's Mar'Shay Moore shoots against Clark College in the championship game of the 2013 Women's Basketball Crossover Tournament at Clark College, Sunday, December 22, 2013. Clark won 77-72. (Steven Lane/The Columbian)

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Tournament MVP Brooke Bowen scored 22 points as the Clark College women's basketball team rallied for a 77-72 win over Blue Mountain on Sunday to claim the Clark Crossover title.

Bowen, a Skyview High grad, also had eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Shantell Jackson scored 18 points, and Haley Grossman, a Battle Ground grad, had 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

Clark (8-2) battled back from trailing much of the first half.

Blue Mountain (9-1), led by Fort Vancouver grad Mar'Shay Moore's 22 points, led by eight at 23-15 with 9:44 to play in the first half.

Clark would eventually tie the game before going into halftime down 36-31.

Clark was down by as many as 16 points with six minutes to play, and the game wasn't decided until the final minute.

Micaela Bitanga's 3-pointer put Clark ahead 74-68 with 50 seconds to play, and Grossman made two free throws inside of 10 seconds remaining to seal Clark's sixth consecutive victory.

(Click here for complete Clark-Blue Mountain boxscore)