The Peninsula men’s and women’s basketball teams both beat Skagit Valley on Saturday with big offensive games.
The men won 87-72, getting 27 points from Ty Artis and 20 from Jaylin Reed, in knocking off the first-place Cardinals. The women won 85-67 with 27 points coming from Keeli-Jade Smith and 17 from Ariyanna Camacho-Villafuerte.
In the men’s game, the Pirates shot 55.6 percent (30-for-54) from the floor and 47.1 percent (8-for-17) from 3-point range. Artis shot 10-for-14 from the field, while Reed shot 6-for-7 and made a pair of 3-pointers.
Isaiah Sampson also scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds, while KeAndre Hunter-Holiday had 12 points.
“They (Skagit Valley) gave us a good licking last Friday,” PC coach Donald Rollman said, referring to Skagit’s 75-63 win over Peninsula. “We returned the favor. Even the threes we missed, we had pretty open looks. We executed our game plan.”
The win puts the Pirates at 9-5 on the season, in third place, one game behind 9-3 Skagit Valley.
The Peninsula women also shot great, going 33-for-59 from the floor (55.9 percent) and 63.6 percent from 3-point range (14-for-22).
Camacho-Villafuerte had five 3-pointers while Smith had four. Smith also scored her 27 points in just 17 minutes on the floor.
Tatianna Kamae also had three 3-pointers and scored 10. Kamae and Amari Brown each had five assists, while Brown added four steals.
“We were on fire,” Peninsula coach Alison Crumb said. “I don’t know what was in the water.”
Crumb said she was going to research if the 14 3-pointers was a Peninsula College women’s record. “I’m sure it’s pretty close,” she said.
In addition the 3-pointers, Crumb said the Pirates (7-4) also had an impressive 25 assists. Six women had at least three assists.
It was the seventh win in nine games for the PC women, who started the season 0-2.
“We’re a freshman-heavy team,” Crumb said. “I didn’t think we would progress as fast as we have.”
PC women rout Orcas
Peninsula’s women got off to a fast start and then closed strong in an 82-60 romp over Whatcom on May 20.
The Pirates got out to a 23-9 lead in the first quarter, then ran away with the game with a 29-point fourth quarter, outscoring the Orcas by 12 points in the final frame.
Tayvia Cabatbat led the Pirates with 21 points, while Sequim High grad Hope Glasser had 15 points, seven rebounds and four steals, and Camacho-Villafuerte had 15 points and five steals. Kamae had nine points and eight rebounds.