Choker women stay alive in tourney

MOUNT VERNON — Bobbi Britt attained a double-double as Grays Harbor College stayed alive in the Skagit Valley Invitational Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 63-55 win over Edmonds Community College on Saturday.

The Chokers (3-5) will face Northwest Indian College for fifth place in the tourney at 11 a.m. today. It is the first time the GHC women have advanced to the final day of a three-day tourney in several years.

Britt scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to pace the Choker attack Saturday. Wenda Poleo and Sheleena Giles added 10 points each, while Montesano grad Erica Rydman added nine points for Grays Harbor.

The Chokers shot 50 percent from the field in owning a 34-30 halftime lead. They extended the margin to 15 midway through the second half before the Tritons chipped away at the deficit from the foul line. Edmonds sank 12 of 22 free throws in the second half.

“We actually played pretty good defense in the second half, our press was really effective,” Grays Harbor coach Christine Nelson said. “At the end of the game, we fouled when we didn’t need to. It was a team effort. I thought we played as a team, worked hard.”

Edmonds (55) — Bynum, Garinger 8, Berendsen, Ortega, Jackson 10, Smythe 8, Boyle 2, McEachin 15, Boxley 8, Velasco-Bono 2, Wilson 2. FG — 19-75 (.253). FT — 14-24.

Grays Harbor (63) — Maneman 2, Rydman 9, Carmody 4, Britt 15, Starr, Swisher 5, Poleo 10, Patterson, Russell 8, Dotson, Giles 10. FG — 21-60 (.350). FT — 19-38.

Halftime: Grays Harbor 34, Edmonds 30