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Furious comeback falls short for Saints

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood CC point guard Jesse Morris slices through a crowd of Penguins on her way to two of her game-high 24 points Wednesday.



NWAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
South Region

Team Score
Clark College
64
Mt. Hood CC
59


VANCOUVER — All seemed lost at the end of the third quarter Wednesday before the Mt. Hood CC women’s basketball team put on a furious rush down the stretch to take Clark to the final seconds.

The Saints battled back from 22 points down to start the fourth quarter, getting a series of late 3-pointers from Jesse Morris to climb back within striking distance.

Mt. Hood found itself within five points as the clock ticked under a minute. A late foul forced the Saints to finish with only four players on the floor, but Clark misses both freebies at the line.

Madison Weaver hit a runner in the middle of the lane, but the team drained most of the remaining time off the clock trying to find an open look. The bucket made it a one-possession game with 5.8 seconds left, but it was Clark that had that one possession.

The Penguins safely inbounded the ball from the side court, and Livia Strandberg knocked down both attempts from the charity stripe to finish Clark’s 64-59 win.

The Saints host Chemeketa at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

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