A player known for her scoring while in Clark County helped take down the Clark College women’s basketball team.
Fort Vancouver graduate Mar’Shay Moore scored 33 points Sunday as Blue Mountain of Pendleton, Ore., held off second-ranked Clark 74-72 in the quarterfinals of the NWAACC Tournament at Kennewick.
Moore, who had a 47-point game her senior year at Fort, was coming off a 1-for-9 performance on Saturday in Blue Mountain’s win over Whatcom.
By halftime of Sunday’s game against Clark, Moore had 20 points. She finished 14 of 26 from the field.
Clark (24-4) started fast, building a 16-5 advantage and held a 10-point lead at 23-13 with 10:28 to play.
Blue Mountain (21-8) chipped away at the Penguins’ advantage, mostly on the shooting of Moore.
Moore’s three-point play just before halftime gave Blue Mountain its first lead of the game at 42-39, and the Timberwolves never gave it back.
Clark trailed by as much as 15 points in the second half, but like Blue Mountain in the first half, chipped away at the lead.
The Penguins were within single digits for the final 6:30 of the game.
Clark’s Nicolette Bond got inside for a layup that tied the game at 72-72 with 25 seconds to play.
Jade Gutzman put Blue Mountain back on top with 5 seconds play, and Clark was unable to get a last shot.
Taylor Howlett and Bond each scored 13 points for Clark. Shantell Jackson had nine points and nine rebounds, and Hayley Grossman had eight rebounds. (Click here for complete boxscore)
Clark plays in the fifth-place semifinal at 2 p.m. Monday against Walla Walla (19-8).