The injury bug continues to spoil early-season contests for the Peninsula College women’s basketball squad, who fell to 0-8 after a trio of losses at the West Region Crossover in Centralia in mid-December.
A big second quarter fueled Mt. Hood’s 70-57 win over the Pirates on Dec. 15, as the Saints wiped away a 13-10 Pirate first quarter lead with a 25-13 second frame.
Ashlynn Sharp led Peninsula with 24 points, hitting 6-of-16 from 3-point land, and Jamellia Clark added 18 points and eight rebounds.
However, Peninsula hit just 19 of 62 shots from the field (31 percent) and had 20 turnovers.
Mt. Hood, who out-numbered PC’s available players by nearly double (13-7), got 15 points from Courtney Jackson.
On Dec. 16, Peninsula held a slim lead of 31-30 at halftime but saw it slip away in a 65-55 loss to host Centralia.
Sharp hit five 3-pointers for a team-high 18 points, Clark had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Tiffany Smith chipped in eight points, nine rebounds and four assists in the loss.
For the second consecutive game, however, the Pirates sank just 19 of 62 shots from the field.
Kylie Smith led Centralia with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, while teammate Kayla Howard hit six 3-pointers and played all 40 minutes.
In PC’s final tourney match-up, No. 2-ranked Walla Walla jumped to a 26-14 lead after one quarter and never let PC catch up in an 82-52 decision on Dec. 17.
The Warriors kept Sharp in check, holding the 5-8 freshman to 2-of-19 shooting.
Clark led Peninsula with 18 points and 17 rebounds, and Smith added 14 points.
Cierra Jo McKeown led Walla Walla with 29 points.
Peninsula is back in action with a pair of games in Wenatchee before the new year, taking on Clark College on Dec. 28 and Douglas College on Dec. 29.
The Pirates host No. 7-ranked Lower Columbia on Jan. 5 and South Puget Sound on Jan. 6.