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Mt. Hood gets close, but fails to pull ahead

Clark College gets hot from 3-point range to close out the victory

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hoods Madison Weaver finds her way through traffic to attempt a layup during Wednesdays home loss to Clark College.

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The Mt. Hood CC women's basketball team battled to the final minute, but couldn't step in front of Clark College during a 58-49 loss Wednesday night.

Saints' point guard Jesse Morris brought her team within a bucket late in the third quarter when she went coast-to-coast and sank a pair of free throws after drawing a foul at the rim. Clark responded with a pair of 3-pointers to stretch the margin going into the fourth quarter.

Mt. Hood stayed within striking distance before the Penguins saw Brean Nueku and Caylee Newsom each beat the shot clock with 3s to seal the victory heading into the final minute.

After struggling from long-range in the first half, Clark found its groove coming out of the locker room. Nueku led the team with 19 points, going 5 for 7 from beyond the arc.

Morris and Lacey Weddle paced the Saints with 14 points apiece.

• Clark College hit its first two shots to grab a quick lead that it would never relinquish in the men's game. The Penguins were up 14 at the half and went on to the decisive 85-63 win.

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Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, Jan. 8, print edition.