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Umpqua simply too tall a task for Saints

The Mt. Hood CC women see their losing streak reach 16 games after falling 92-64 against the Riverhawks


by: THE POST: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hoods Chanel Celis looks to get past an Umpqua defender during the first half of Saturdays 92-64 loss.

The Mt. Hood CC women’s basketball team held its own through the first half before simply being overpowered by Umpqua in a 92-64 loss Saturday afternoon.

After falling behind in the opening minutes, the Saints kept within striking distance by hitting from beyond the arc. Midway through the first half, Barlow High grad Chanel Celis dribbled into the corner of the court when a scream went up from the Riverhawks’ bench ‘Watch out, she’ll shoot it.’

She did.

And she swished it.

The 3-point barrage kept the Saints close, but Umpqua had a size advantage at every position and easily moved the ball inside to score from point-blank range.

Mt. Hood made a move late in the first half, cutting the gap to five points when Celis fired a perfect pass over the top of the defense to teammate Whitney Warren for a quick-strike layup.

It became a one-possession game on the team’s next trip downcourt when Hannah Mocaby faked a 3, dribbled to the free-throw line and buried the jumper.

Mt. Hood had a couple chances to tie the score, but a pair of 3s bounced off the rim.

The Saints kept it close when Sydney Mendezona swiped the ball at midcourt and passed ahead to Warren for a quick two that brought Mt. Hood within 34-31 as the clock rolled under five minutes.

That would prove to be the Saints final points of the half, and Umpqua went into the locker room with an eight-point lead.

The Riverhawks ran away in the second half, outscoring Mt. Hood by 20 points.

Umpqua came up with points on the majority of their second-half possessions, connecting on 22 of 35 (.657) attempts and almost doubled up Mt. Hood on the boards 50-28 for the game.

Open Door graduate Sadie Jenks led Mt. Hood with 22 points, including 6 of 12 (.500) shooting from beyond the arc.

Umpqua post players Shannon Jackson and Asia Smith were unstoppable near the basket, combining for 43 points and 26 rebounds.

Mt. Hood (2-18) saw its losing streak reach 16 games heading into a series of games against playoff-bound teams over the next two weeks. The Saints best chance to pick up a win appears to be in the season finale at home against Linn-Benton (6-16).