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Pirates fall on Sophomore Night, but still in playoff mix

PORT ANGELES – Sophomore Night didn’t play out the way the Pirates and their fans were hoping, but both teams are still in position to advance to the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament.

It will be the sixth straight year that head coach Ali Crumb will see post season action and, should the Pirate men win one of their final two games, it will be the third straight year for men’s head coach Mitch Freeman. The tournament gets under way March 9 in Everett and runs through March 19. The bracket will be announced on March 5.

After sweeping the Cardinals at Skagit Valley back on Jan. 25, the Cards turned the tables on Peninsula Wednesday, winning 66-59 in the women’s game and 89-87 in the men’s game.

The Pirate women (9-3, 17-8) slipped into a tie with Everett for second place with two games remaining. They could still claim a share of the North Division championship if they win out and if Everett or Edmonds were to defeat Skagit Valley (10-2, 20-6).

The PC men (8-4, 17-7) also dropped into second place and also would need to win out and then get some help from Olympic or Everett against first-place Shoreline (9-3, 16-7).

The Pirates travel to Edmonds Saturday for games at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men) and then finish out league play Wednesday at Whatcom.

Women: Skagit Valley 66, Peninsula 59
This game was close all the way, but took a turn in Skagit Valley’s direction when Peninsula’s starting guard and second-leading scorer Anaya Rodisha went down with an injury after just seven minutes of playing time. She did not return.

Skagit Valley outrebounded and outshot the Pirates, also capitalizing on the absence of Jenise McKnight, who spent half of the game on the bench in foul trouble.

Tai Thomas led the Pirates with 16 points and six rebounds, Alicia Dugan hit for 15, and Sephora Yayouss scored 13.

Skagit Valley’s scoring was shared by most of its’ roster, with Mandy Hayes leading with 11 points and Jessica Ludwig with 10.

It was the final home game for sophomores Milan Barnes, Cami Butler, Alicia Dugan, Jenise McKnight, Anaya Rodisha, Jackie Schaubel, Sephora Yayouss and Tai Thomas, who were honored in the College’s traditional Sophomore Night celebration.

Men: Skagit Valley 89, Peninsula 87
This was a tale of two very different halves. The Pirates came out on fire, building a 21 point lead, before the Cardinals closed the gap to 45-34 at halftime. Skagit Valley then dominated the second half, outscoring the hosts 55-42 and hanging on for dear life in a thrilling finish to win by two.

Jalon McCullough led the way with 25 points, Darrion Daniels scored 14 and pulled down eight rebounds from his two-guard position, Omar Lo added 12 points and eight boards, and Cole Rabedeaux also finished with 12.

Cameron Howell led the Cardinals with 20 points.

The Pirates took a moment to celebrate sophomores Alex Baham, Darrion Daniels, Omar Lo, and Alex Losee in a pre-game Sophomore Night celebration.