Choker men slay Gators; women lose


AUBURN — Powered by Barry Smith’s 25 points and 14 rebounds, the Grays Harbor College men notched their second straight victory by topping Green River, 82-67, in an NWAACC Western Division basketball game Wednesday night at Auburn.

Green River took the women’s contest, 67-53.

MEN

Chokers 82, Gators 67

As in Saturday’s win over South Puget Sound, Grays Harbor rallied from a slight halftime deficit to win going away.

The Chokers (3-12, 5-19) trailed 36-34 at intermission, edged in front midway through the second half and blew it open in the final eight minutes.

“Most of our scoring came real late,” GHC coach Jordan Altman said. “It was defensive pressure, defensive intensity in the first 10 minutes of the second half that was the difference. We had a little bit left after that and they didn’t.”

After seeing the Gators hit six 3-point shots in the first half, the Chokers limited the hosts to only one basket from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes.

Smith helped the Chokers enjoy a 52-44 rebounding advantage. Grays Harbor also hit 15 of 19 free throws, while the Gators were 12-of-25 from the stripe.

Tyler Harrod had a big offensive night for Grays Harbor with 19 points. D.J. Eubanks and Arthur Erholm added 10 points each.

WOMEN

Gators 67, Chokers 53

Plagued by cold shooting, Grays Harbor College fell to Green River in the women’s half of a co-ed doubleheader Wednesday at Auburn.

The Chokers connected on only 18 percent of their field-goal attempts in the first half and warmed up only slightly to a final .246 percentage.

“We had some open looks, they didn’t go in,” Choker coach Christine Nelson said. “More than anything, I thought our defensive intensity wasn’t there (in the first half).”

Down by as many as 20 in the second half, the Chokers switched to a press and reduced the margin to seven in the late going.

“We really picked up the pace in the second half,” Nelson said.

Green River’s Kelsey Morgan hit 8 of her 14 shots in leading all scorers with 16 points. Brittani Miller added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Gators.

Bianca Russell made 8 of 12 free throws in pacing the Chokers (3-12, 7-17) with 14 points. She also pulled down 18 rebounds and added four assists and four steals.

Halcyon Swisher, one of the few Chokers to shoot a decent percentage, added 13 points.

Wenda Poleo grabbed 13 rebounds as the Chokers won the boards, 51-49. The Chokers remained without injured scoring leader Bobbi Britt.

Both Grays Harbor teams will close out their seasons at home Saturday against Clark.

MEN

Grays Harbor (82) — Hunt, Bowman 2, Eubanks 10, Alvord 7, Davis, Richters 7, Harrod 19, Smith 25, Wyatt 2, Erholm 10. FG — 31-72 (.431). FT — 15-19.

Green River (67) — Carter 4, Jones 9, Brown 6, Loy 12, Pedersen 17, Hebert 2, McCrossin 17. FG — 24-71 (.338). FT — 12-25.

WOMEN

Grays Harbor (53) — Maneman 4, Rydman 8, Carmody 2, Starr 5, Swisher 13, Poleo 6, Patterson, Russell 14, Dotson 1. FG —17-69 (.246). FT — 15-24.

Green River (67) — Kullberg 5, Moore, Taya 6, Wiest 6, Miller 14, Olsen 5, Morgan 16, Knight 8, Woods 3, Bryan 4. FG — 27-74 (.365). FT — 8-17.

Halftime: Green River 28, Grays Harbor 18.