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MOUNT VERNON – The Peninsula College men moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division and the Pirate women are tied for first following a sweep at Skagit Valley Wednesday.

The host Cardinals were part of a first-place log jam in both the men’s and women’s standings, but when the PC charter bus pulled away from Skagit Valley College Wednesday night, the Pirates had separated from most of the pack.

The Peninsula men are all alone in first place at 4-1 in league play, thanks in part to Edmonds’ 73-69 upset over Whatcom Wednesday in Bellingham. Whatcom, Bellevue and Skagit are 3-2, Shoreline, Everett and Edmonds are 2-3, and Olympic slipped to 1-4.

On the women’s side, the Pirates are now tied with Bellevue in first place, each at 4-1, Skagit Valley, Everett and Shoreline are 3-2, Whatcom is 2-3, Olympic 1-4 and Edmonds 0-5.

The good news: Peninsula has four straight home games, starting Saturday against Edmonds. Tip off for the women’s game is 4 p.m. and the men follow at 6 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader features the annual First Federal Money Sweep, a contest for children 8 and under to be held at halftime of both games.

Women: Peninsula 69, Skagit Valley 66
The game was close all the way, with Peninsula leading 21-18 after one quarter, 40-39 at halftime and 52-51 after three before outscoring the hosts 17-15 in the final 10 minutes to win by three.

Sophomore Alicia Dugan had the hot hand, hitting on seven of 12 from the four, including four three-point shots, and added three-for-three free throw accuracy to lead all scorers with 21 points. Sephora Yayouss finished with 13 points and four assists, Jenise McKnight had 10 points, Anaya Rodisha scored nine, Yamilei Rodriguez contributed eight points and five rebounds, and Tai Thomas pulled down 10 boards.

The Pirates had a slight edge in rebounds, 43-39, but hit on 10 three-pointers, compared to only four by Skagit Valley. Peninsula also shot better from the free throw line, making good on nine of 12, while Skagit struggled, hitting only 10 of 20.
Mandy Hayes led the Cardinals with 18 points and Deidra Miller had 16.

PORT ANGELES – The last time Peninsula College lost a pair of home basketball games was the 2014-15 season on Jan. 24 against Bellevue – and the Bulldogs did it again on Saturday, sweeping a pair of NWAC North thrillers.

Bellevue beat the Pirate women 65-61 and the visitors then came from behind to eke out an 81-79 win over the PC men.

The North Division is now a log jam for both the women and men. The Pirates (3-1, 11-6) are one of four teams sharing first place in the North women’s race, along with Skagit Valley (3-1, 13-5), Bellevue (3-1, 11-6) and Shoreline (3-1, 6-8). Peninsula also remains in first place in the men’s standings at 3-1 and 12-4, tied with Whatcom (3-1, 11-4), and Skagit Valley (3-1, 10-5).

The Pirates hope to separate from one of those colleges on Wednesday when the women and men visit Skagit Valley.

Tiffani Smith

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula swept Olympic Wednesday in the first of two home appearances for the 2017 Pirate Pete’s Week.

College students celebrated their annual spirit week with events daily in the PUB – and the Pirates held up their end of the deal, as the women stopped the Rangers 57-46 Wednesday, while the men won 83-74.

Pete’s Week concludes with Blacklight Dodgeball at 5:30 Friday and then two more home games on Saturday. The Pirate women (3-0, 11-5) tip off against Bellevue (2-1, 10-6) at 4 p.m. and the Peninsula men (3-0, 12-3) take on the Bulldogs (1-2, 11-7) at 6 p.m.

Women: Peninsula 57, Olympic 46
The Pirates surged out to a 20-7 first-quarter lead and then slogged their way through the next three quarters, winning 57-46.

The game was costly, as an Olympic player tripped on the baseline and injured two Pirate starters, Anaya Rodisha (ankle) and Jenise McKnight (knee). Neither player was able to return to the game. Their status for Saturday’s game remains unknown.

Tiffani Smith led Peninsula with 13 points off the bench, Tai Thomas had 11 and Yamilei Rodriguez had 10, also off the bench.

Taylor Sunkel led the Rangers with 18.

Sephora Yayouss

SHORELINE – The Peninsula College women’s and men’s basketball teams began the defense of their 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference North Division championships with a sweep at Shoreline Wednesday. The Pirate women rolled to an 80-61 win over the Dolphins and the men followed with a thrilling 116-108 double overtime victory.

The Peninsula women improved to 1-0 in league and 9-5 overall, while the men, who moved into No. 7 on the latest Under Armour NWAC Coaches’ Poll, are 1-0 and 10-3. Both teams travel to Everett Saturday where their games will be featured as “NWAC Games of the Week,” to be live streamed from a link on the NWAC web site. Tip-off for the women is at 4 p.m. and the men at 6 p.m.

Women: Peninsula 80, Shoreline 61
The Pirates overcame a sluggish start, falling behind Shoreline 11-7 in the first quarter, to outscore the hosts 25-15 in the second for a 32-26 lead at halftime. It was some sharp three-point shooting that helped Peninsula separate in the second half, as the Pirates hit on eight of 11 from beyond the arc for 73 percent for the night, while Shoreline was one of six for 17 percent from long range.

Sephora Yayouss had her shot falling Wednesday, hitting on four of five threes to finish with 20 points to lead the Pirates. Alicia Dugan was three-for-three from three-point range and also had a good night with 16 points, Yamilei Rodriguez came off the bench to score 13 points and pull down six rebounds, Anaya Rodisha had 12 and Tai Thomas contributed six points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Enjunay Jones-Lee led all scorers with 29 points for Shoreline and Danielle Hayes added 13.

VANCOUVER - The Pirates wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule winning five out of their last six games, including a 74-69 win at Clark on Dec. 30 on the Penguins' home floor.

Peninsula, 8-5 overall, will begin the defense of two straight North Region championships on Sept. 11 at Shoreline.

In their win over Clark, Anaya Rodisha led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds, Alicia Dugan hit for 17 points and 11 boards, Sephora Yayouss chipped in nine points and five rebounds and Jenise McKnight also had nine points.

AUBURN – Like a shot fired across the bow, the Pirates sent a message to the rest of the NWAC at the West Region Crossover Tournament last weekend.

That message read: “You can take the Pirates out of the fight, but you can’t take the fight out of the Pirates!”

Head coach Alison Crumb graduated all of the players who played in both NWAC championship games, winning in 2015 and placing second last year, but her 2016-17 Pirates, unranked in the first NWAC Under Armour Coaches Poll, showed they are capable of being every bit as good.

Both of those NWAC finals were played against Lane, Peninsula’s date in the first round of the Crossover Tournament. Lane was ranked No. 1, unbeaten, and defending the NWAC title. The Pirates were unranked, 5-4 in non-conference play, and still smarting from a 76-59 loss in the 2016 championship.

Sophomore Alicia Dugan was one of the players who’s memories were clouded by that final, so she went to work Thursday, putting up 21 points, five assists and some tenacious defense, leading the Pirates to a 74-64 upset over the Titans that sent shock waves through the NWAC women’s basketball community.

Sephora Yayouss also had a tremendous night with 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds, Anaya Rodisha had nine points and six boards, Yamilei Rodriguez added nine points and Cami Butler chipped in with six points and six boards.

The Titans turned the ball over 25 times, compared to just 16 from the Pirates, and the Eugene Oregon women also struggled from three-point range, hitting only two of 21 from beyond the arc.

Lane led 34-32 at halftime, but Peninsula outscored the Titans 42-30 in the second half.

FORT STEILACOOM – The Pirates improved to 6-4 over the weekend after going 2-1 at the Pierce Holiday Tournament.

Peninsula rebounded from a 63-51 loss to Clackamas in the tournament-opener to beat Pierce 64-41 Saturday and then Columbia Basin 84-73 on Sunday.

In Sunday’s win over the NWAC's third-ranked Hawks, the Pirates overcame a 41-31 halftime deficit to ourscore the Tri-Cities women 22-12 in the third quarter and 31-20 in the fourth to win going away. Anaya Rosisha poured in a career-high 35 points, Alicia Dugan had 12 and Jenise McKnight and Tai Thomas each had 10. Sephora Yayouss added nine points and 12 rebounds from her guard position and fellow guard Yamilei Rodriguez also had 10 boards.

In Saturday’s 64-41 romp over the host Raiders, Tiffani Smith led the way with 15 points, Dugan scored 12, and Thomas had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Tai Thomas

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates improved to 4-3 in non-conference play following Wednesday’s 72-53 home win over Highline.

Sophomore Alicia Dugan scored a career-high 23 points and had seven steals to lead the Pirates, Jenise McKnight had a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists, Tai Thomas also had a career-high 15 points, and Anaya Rodisha contributed nine points and six boards.

The Pirates outrebounded Highline 50-40, they connected on interior passing throughout the game to produce easy baskets, and they scored 27 points off T-bird turnovers. Despite those highlights and a 19-point margin of victory, the game got a bit ragged in the second half, when Peninsula committed many of its 29 turnovers.

Anaya Rodisha

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates, who return only one starter from 2015-16, are still finding their way in non-conference play and that inexperience revealed itself once again on Sunday in Game 6 of the First Federal Pirate Classic.

Peninsula bolted out to an 18-5 first-quarter lead and a comfortable 31-17 margin at halftime, only to be overwhelmed by Centralia in the second half. The Trailblazers outscored Peninsula 27-14 in the third quarter and 18-12 in the fourth to pull off the 62-57 upset.

The defending North Region champions, and 2016 NWAC runner-ups, slipped to 3-3 in non-conference play. Next up for Peninsula is a 5:30 Wednesday home date against Highline (1-4).

Alicia Dugan

PORT ANGELES – The first game of the 2016 First Federal Pirate Classic matched the Pirates, who placed second in the Northwest Athletic Conference, against the Wenatchee Valley Knights, who took home a third-place NWAC trophy last March – and this one was all Peninsula.

In their 2016-17 home debut, the Pirates, behind a swarming and stifling defense, roared out to a 23-7 first-quarter lead and never let off the gas, rolling to a surprising 40-9 advantage at halftime.

Head coach Alison Crumb played her bench liberally throughout the contest, but her Pirates were just too much for the Knights, who came into the game with a 2-1 record. The Pirates were 1-2.

Peninsula continued to dominate at both ends of the floor, outscoring the Knights 25-4 in the third - and it was over early as fans begin exiting.

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