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Mt. Hood comes back from 18 down

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hoods Lacey Weddle finds her way through traffic on a drive into the lane.



NWAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
South Region

Team Score
Mt. Hood
59
Portland CC
57


Mt. Hood CC rode a series of 3-pointers from Jesse Morris to a 59-57 comeback win over Portland CC on Wednesday night — the Saints' first league victory.

Mt. Hood overcame an 18-point deficit late in the third quarter to pull off the surprise, moving ahead 49-48 with less than five minutes to play. Lacey Weddle set up the chance when she came in from the blind side to block a Panthers' shot at the front of the rim. Action flowed the other way, and Madison Weaver earned her way to the free-throw line where she sank sank both attempts.

The Saints maintained a slim lead down the stretch, but had to survive a scary moment late when Portland's Angelique Williams launched a 3-pointer for the win in the final seconds. The attempt hopped on the rim four times before trickling off.

“I had a panic attack watching the ball,” laughed Saints' guard Jesse Morris, who finished with 14 points. “It was time for the bounce to go our way — that hasn't happened much this season.”

Portland won the men's game 72-59.

Mt. Hood hosts Umpqua in a doubleheader Saturday with the women's game tipping off at 2 p.m.


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

Look for expanded coverage from both games in our Friday, Jan. 29, print edition.

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