Women’s basketball: PC tops Cardinals for first conference win

North Region standings

Team Rec. Over.

Everett 5-1 16-4

Bellevue 4-1 14-7

Olympic 3-2 6-10

Skagit Valley 3-2 9-11

Edmonds 1-4 4-16

Peninsula 1-4 3-14

Whatcom 1-4 6-12

Call it a second half to forget.

Peninsula built a nine-point lead by halftime against a struggling Edmonds squad but saw the host Tritons go on a 20-9 run in the fourth quarter — including the last 10 points — in a 62-57 conference loss on Jan. 27.

Tiffany Smith led PC with 14 points, Jamellia Clark had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Ashlynn Sharp chipped in seven points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Zaria Smith led Edmonds with 21 points and six steals, and Hailey Carlson added 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Edmonds.

The Pirates got into the win column in conference play, however, with a 79-76 win against the visiting Skagit Valley Cardinals on Jan. 24, overcoming a five-point deficit late.

Down 74-71 with 37 seconds remaining, Peninsula’s Sharp scored on a layup, and following a Yamilei Rodriguez steal, Smith put PC ahead 75-74 with a layup.

After Skagit Valley failed to score on their next possession, Sharp sank a pair of free throws. Skagit’s Brittany Denike hit two free throws with three seconds left to trim the PC lead to one but Sharp again hit two free throws, sealing the victory.

Sharp finished with a game-high 25 points, sinking 5-of-8 from 3-point land. Clark went for 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Smith had 14 points and five assists. Payton Caci came off the bench for nine points.

Adiya Jones-Smith scored 23 points to lead Skagit Valley, but played only 21 minutes thanks to foul trouble.

Looking ahead

Peninsula plays in Bellingham Jan. 31 against the Whatcom Orcas.

PC is at Shoreline on Feb. 7 and No. 6-ranked Everett on Feb. 10 before returning home to host Olympic on Dec. 14.

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