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Big year for women's football team comes to an end

Portland Shockwave lose playoff game to defending league champion Sacramento

It was a breakthrough year for the Portland Shockwave, but the dream for more glory ended Saturday night at Lincoln High, as Sacramento beat Portland 37-27 in the Independent Women's Football League playoffs.

The Shockwave (7-2) won the Pacific Northwest Division for the first time this season and made the IWFL playoffs for the first time. But it wasn't meant to be against the Sirens, the defending IWFL champs.

Quarterback Bonny Elder's nine-run touchdown run gave Portland a 27-22 lead with 10:25 remaining, but Sacramento's powerful running game scored twice in the final 6:34 to secure the win.

Jennie Ann Quan, a 5-6, 200-pound back, scored on a three-yard TD run to give the Sirens the lead at 30-27. The Shockwave, on Lisa Lum's 59-yard run, drove into Sacramento territory, but Frankie Hymas' 26-yard field-goal attempt was blocked.

Sacramento then sealed the win by driving for another score, a 25-yard TD run by Michelle Kahler with 5:08 to go.

The division title came in Portland's fifth year.

'It had a lot to do with camaraderie,' says Rebecca Brisson, a veteran defensive back. 'We had fewer people on the team this year, but we came together as a team.'

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