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Saints fail to stop skid despite furious finish

by: THE POST: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hoods Hannah Mocaby drives through a crowd of Linn-Benton players for a layup during Saturdays 64-59 loss.

The Mt. Hood CC women’s basketball team put on a late spurt, but it wasn’t quite enough during Saturday’s 64-59 season-ending loss to Linn-Benton.

Linn-Benton seemed to have the game well in hand after Janelle Land sank a 3-pointer for a 61-44 lead with 4:09 to play. But the Saints quickly pushed the ball down court and answered with Kirsten Shockman draining a long ball of her own.

Moments later, Mt. Hood guard Whitney Warren drew a crowd in the lane and spotted Open Door graduate Sadie Jenks in the corner for another 3. A backcourt violation against the Roadrunners, put the ball back into the Saints hands, and Hannah Mocaby came through with a driving layup. Linn-Benton again struggled to get the ball past halfcourt, and Warren reached in to tie up the ball along the sideline forcing another turnover. Mocaby dipped her shoulder and made her way to the basket, drawing a foul and sinking 1 of 2 at the line.

Within a couple minutes, the Roadrunners lead had been slice from 17 points to just nine.

The biggest problem for the Saints was that they were racing the clock as much as they were battling Linn-Benton defenders.

They had less than a minute to complete the improbably comeback.

Barlow High grad Chanel Celis connected on a long jumper to keep the run going, then sent a sharp pass across the court to Alyssa Seaver for an easy two.

But ultimately the clock won. The final buzzer sounded as Seever’s layup fell through the net, leaving the Saints a couple baskets short on the scoreboard.

Shockman led the Saints with 15 points, going 3 for 7 (.429) from 3-point range, while Jenks finished with 10 points. Mt. Hood ended the season on an 18-game losing streak.

Michelle Bromagem led Linn-Benton with 19 points.