Women’s basketball: Peninsula catches fire early, overwhelms Orcas

North Region standings

Team Rec. Over.

Everett 5-1 16-4

Bellevue 5-1 15-7

Skagit Valley 4-2 10-11

Olympic 3-3 6-11

Peninsula 1-4 3-14

Edmonds 1-5 4-17

Whatcom 1-5 6-13

A big first quarter spurred Peninsula’s Pirates to their second conference win of the season last week.

Jamellia Clark posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and the short-handed Peninsula squad knocked off Whatcom 60-49 on Jan. 31.

The Pirates jumped out to a 22-11 lead after one quarter on the strength of five 3-pointers, two each from Kayla Alvarez and Ashlynn Sharp.

Sharp finished with 16 points, four assists and four steals, and Tiffany Smith added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Clark now ranks third in the NWAC with 11.2 rebounds per game.

Peninsula took advantage of an error-prone Orcas squad that committed 25 turnovers in the contest. Both teams shot poorly, however, hitting less than 32 percent of their shots from the field.

With just seven players on the active roster, Peninsula got just 15 minutes from their bench and saw Alvarez, Sharp and Smith play all 40 minutes.

Jacqualine Case led Whatcom with 12 points while Elissa Vreugdenhil dominated inside with nine points, 16 rebound and eight blocks in a losing effort.

The Pirates are back in action at Shoreline on Feb. 7 before taking on No. 6-ranked Everett on Feb. 10.

Peninsula hosts Olympic on Feb. 14.

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