COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Peninsula women earn playoff spot as Pirates sweep Olympic
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Peninsula’s Alison Knowles squares up at the 3-point line. Knowles set a new school single-season record by hitting her 62nd 3-pointer of the year.
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Peninsula’s Tyler McKinney gets off a shot against the defense of Olympic’s Connor Bird.

Peninsula Daily News

BREMERTON — Peninsula College’s basketball teams picked up a road sweep over NWAACC League foe Olympic thanks to deadeye marksmanship from long distance.

Tyler McKinney hit seven 3-pointers to tied the school’s single-game record as the Peninsula men beat the Rangers 84-67 Saturday night.

In the women’s game, the Pirates clinched a spot in the NWAACC tournament with a 76-56 win.

Alison Knowles drilled five 3-pointers in the game to break the school record for 3s made in a season with 62. Denise Kerns previously held the record with 61 treys in 2005-06.

Knowles, a graduate of Port Angeles High School, led the Pirates with 17 points. She also had five rebounds and a four assists.

Knowles’ 5 of 9 shooting from beyond the arc highlighted a 10 for 18 effort by Peninsula.

Marissa Schwimmer made 2 of 3, Madison Pilster and Miranda Schmillen sunk 1 of 2, and Cassandra Roland came of the bench to make her only three attempt of the game.

Pilster had another solid all-around game with 14 points, nine rebounds and a team-high two steals. Gabi Fenumiai finished with 16 points to go along with 11 boards, six of which came off the offensive glass.

Pherrari Brumbaugh led the Pirates with a career-high eight assists.

For Olympic, Port Angeles graduate Macy Walker tied her career high with her second 19-point effort in three games. Walker, who played all 40 minutes, also swiped a game-high four steals and dished out two dimes.

Another former Roughrider, Mariah Frazier, scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds for the rebuilding Rangers, who fall to 3-9 in North Division play (6-16 overall).

With the victory, Peninsula (7-5, 10-12) opens up a two-game lead over Everett (5-7, 8-17) for the North’s final postseason berth. The Pirates swept the season series with the Trojans.

Peninsula will be making its third straight appearance in the NWAACC Championships under head coach Alison Crumb.

Peninsula 76, Olympic 56
Peninsula 38 38— 76

Olympic 24 32— 56

Individual scoring

Peninsula (76)

Henderson 4, Hale 1, Schwimmer 6, Pilster 14, Staveland 2, Fenumiai 16, Knowles 17, Roland 3, Schmillen 8, Brumbaugh 5.

Olympic (56)

Carper 4, Chaney 6, Lindsey 6, Sunkel 13, Frazier 8, Walker 19.

Men’s Game
Peninsula 84, Olympic 67

The Pirate men, meanwhile, likely saw their postseason hopes disappear, despite beating the last-place Rangers (2-10, 2-20).

Peninsula coach Mitch Freeman still found value in the victory.

“It’s a really good win for our program. Anytime you can go and win on the road, it’s big,” he said of Saturday’s game.

“I don’t care what position [in the standings] they are coming from, those are tough games.”

McKinney scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Pirates, who were without the NWAACC’s fifth leading scorer, Xavier Bazile (23.6 points per game).

McKinney shot 7 of 14 from 3-point range. The seven treys ties the school record held by Garrett Abbott (1999), Mitch Snyder (2003) and Steve Towne (2000).

“He played really well,” Freeman said of McKinney. “He shot it well.

“We did a good job. We filled in the void of having Xavier out for the game.”

Bazile missed the game due to an NWAACC rule regarding the accumulation of technical fouls.

Geno Horsley came off the bench to score 17 points for Peninsula to go along with five assists and two steals.

Darren Hechanova added 12 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists.

Markus Rawls led the Pirates with 12 boards.

Sequim High School graduate Jayson Brocklesby, Olympic’s leading scorer since joining the team for NWAACC play, scored 14 points and dished out three assists.

Peninsula (5-7, 11-10) falls two games back of Edmonds (7-5, 15-10) with two games to play. The Tritons swept the season series with the Pirates.

Peninsula did gain some ground in the NWAACC North Division standings after Everett had to forfeit three recent games because of eligibility issues.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, Wednesday’s 80-72 loss to the Trojans was not one of the forfeited games.

Peninsula 84, Olympic 67
Peninsula 51 33— 84

Olympic 32 55— 67

Individual scoring

Peninsula (84)

Shamlin 3, Horsley 17, McKinney 33, Flowers 6, Rawls 4, Charbonier 4, Penney 5, Hechanova 12.

Olympic (67)

Rayford 10, Jordan 1, Murray 4, Sedillo 17, Bird 5, Speelman 10, Williams 2, Sounthone 4, Brocklesby 14.

Last modified: February 16. 2014 6:28PM
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