Peninsula’s Ashlynn Sharp, front, passes the ball as she slips around Skagit Valley’s Brook Geffe in the third quarter Wednesday night in Port Angeles.
                                Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News

Peninsula’s Ashlynn Sharp, front, passes the ball as she slips around Skagit Valley’s Brook Geffe in the third quarter Wednesday night in Port Angeles. Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Peninsula rallies for first league victory

PORT ANGELES — Tiffani Smith hit the go-ahead layup with 29 seconds remaining and Ashlynn Sharp knocked down four free throws in the final moments as the Peninsula College women’s basketball team rallied for a 79-76 win over Skagit Valley.

The Pirates (1-3, 3-13) trailed 24-16 after one quarter, 39-32 at halftime and overcame a 61-56 deficit entering the fourth quarter to earn their first NWAC North Region win and snap a three-game losing skid.

Smith tied the game at 68-all on a 3-point basket with 5:04 to play and gave Peninsula its first lead of the game on a free throw with 2:24 left.

Sharp hit a layup with 32 seconds to play to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 74-73. Three seconds later, Yamilei Rodriguez stole the ball and Smith hit the go-ahead layup.

Skagit Valley got a look at a tying 3 late, but missed.

Sharp led all scorers with 25 points on 8 of 13 shooting, including 5 of 8 on 3s. Sharp also had seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Jamellia Clark had a double-double for the Pirates with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Clark went 6 of 10 from the floor and 4 of 5 at the free throw line.

Tiffani Smith had 14 points and five assists in the win.

The Pirates visit Edmonds (0-4, 3-16) for a 2 p.m. game Saturday.

Peninsula 79, Skagit Valley 76

SKV 24 15 22 15— 76

PEN 16 16 24 23— 79

Skagit Valley (76) — Jones-Smith 23, Pillman 14, Geffe 12, DeNike 12, Garner 7, Skipworth 5, Hogan 3.

Peninsula (79) — Sharp 25, Clark 16, Smith 14, Caci 9, Rodriguez 8, Alvarez 3, Moore 2, Geberyesus 2.

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Compiled from team reports. Email scores to [email protected] or phone 360-417-3525.

<strong>Keith Thorpe</strong>/Peninsula Daily News
                                Peninsula’s Ashlynn Sharp, front, passes the ball as she slips around Skagit Valley’s Brook Geffe in the third quarter Wednesday night in Port Angeles.

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News Peninsula’s Ashlynn Sharp, front, passes the ball as she slips around Skagit Valley’s Brook Geffe in the third quarter Wednesday night in Port Angeles.

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