COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Sequim’s Julmist leads the way as Peninsula College women stay unbeaten

Men taken down by No. 1 Skagit Valley

Jelissa Julmist

Jelissa Julmist

MOUNT VERNON — Sequim’s Jelissa Julmist led the Peninsula College women with 14 points as the Pirates remained unbeaten and atop the Northwest Athletic Conference North Region standings.

Peninsula (5-0, 12-2), ranked No. 4 in the latest NWAC Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll, was in control from the start Wednesday night, rolling out to an 18-10 lead after one quarter and leading 37-18 at halftime after an eight-point second quarter by Julmist.

Julmist also added seven rebounds and three steals.

Alexa Mackey added 10 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two assists for Peninsula.

Talia Marini scored nine points off the bench and Sequim’s Hannah Bates added seven points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal for the Pirates.

Peninsula faces last-place Everett on the road Saturday.

Peninsula 64, Skagit Valley 40

Peninsula 18 19 20 7 — 64

Skagit Valley 10 8 12 10 — 40

Peninsula (64) — Julmist 14, Mackey 10, Marini 9, Tugade Agasiva 7Suaava 6, Vaaia 2, Greene 2, Donovan 1, Pedebone Wood, Pilon.

Skagit Valley (40) — Rhoads 10, Wichers 7, Fischer 6, Butenschoen 4, Smith 4, Michel 3, Kerr 3, Gonzalez.

No. 1 Cards in control

MOUNT VERNON — The Peninsula men’s basketball team’s three-game North Region win streak came to an end at the hands of No. 1-ranked Skagit Valley on Wednesday.

The Pirates allowed the Cardinals (3-1, 18-1) to shoot 51 percent from the floor (34 of 67) while hitting just 31.6 percent on 18 of 57 shooting in a 90-55 defeat.

Peninsula also was outrebounded 42-28 and committed 12 turnovers to Skagit Valley’s four.

Ese Onakpoma led the Pirates with 21 points, knocking down all 11 free throws to go with eight rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Javon Ervin added 19 points, hitting 3 of 7 3-point tries.

Peninsula (3-2, 10-9) visits Everett on Saturday.

Skagit Valley 90, Peninsula 55

Peninsula 25 30 — 55

Skagit Valley 37 53 — 90

Peninsula (55) — Onakpoma 21, Ervin 19, Odum 8, Olmstead 5, Rushmeyer 2, Dunning, Meza, Odingo.

Skagit Valley (90) — Drinkwine 22, Williams 20, Hayes 17, Jackson 9, Bilodeau 8, Russ 8, Meyer 3, Gooding 3.

Onakpoma recognized as NWAC Player of the Week

Ese Onakpoma.

Ese Onakpoma.

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College’s Ese Onakpoma was named a Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21.

Onakpoma led Peninsula to a pair of big wins, 89-71 over Bellevue and 93-79 against Olympic.

The sophomore averaged 29.5 points per game, six rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks in two contests.

He played all but one minute in both games as he shot a lights-out 67.6 percent from the floor. His biggest game came against Olympic in which he dropped 34 points and made 13 of 16 shots from the field. He also shot 60 percent on 3s.

“Ese had a phenomenal week with big dunks in both games,” said head coach Bryce Jacobson.

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