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Chemeketa Women clinch spot in NWACC tournament

Chemeketa Women clinch spot in NWACC tournament

By McKenzie Hayward

The Chemeketa Storm women’s team had a strong finish to its season, closing out with an 8-4 record in conference and third place in the NWACC South.

On Feb. 12, the Storm battled the Clackamas Cougars.

The game was a close one, with the Storm leading by only a small margin throughout. But the women were able to pull through and win by a score of 60-54.

Storm guard Codi Shull got things started by nailing a three right out of the gate, and the Storm got off to a quick lead in the first half.

But midway through the first half, Clackamas started to cut into Chemeketa’s lead.

The Storm, however, responded with a quick run and pushed its lead to double figures.

But early in the second half, the Storm’s lead dwindled to nothing as Clackamas went on an extended run, and the two teams were soon tied.

With five minutes left, things looked even bleaker for the Storm when star Irma Savoy dropped to the ground with a sudden leg injury and had to leave the game.

Afterward, Savoy explained what happened.

“I had Charlie Horses that tightened up the last time I went up for a layup,” she said.

It was not until sophomore wing McKenzi Benedict was fouled and converted the two free throws that the Storm regained the lead.

With the clock winding down, the Storm was able to find another gear and push ahead for the 6-point win.

Benedict was Chemeketa’s high scorer with 15 points, followed by Savoy and sophomore Taylor Munson, who each added 11 points.

Three days later, the Storm hit the road to play the Southwest Oregon Lakers.

The Storm was victorious in another close contest, this time prevailing by a 64-61 score.

Savoy led the way with 24 points; Benedict added 10 for Chemeketa.

The Storm’s winning streak, however, ended on Feb. 17 when the team lost on the road against Umpqua, 66-49.

But the Storm bounced back the following game against Portland in blowout fashion, winning by a 78-42 score.

The Storm was able to win again three days later against Lane, squeaking out a 64-63 victory and clinching the third place spot in the NWACC South.

Savoy led the way for the Storm with 16 points. Storm guard Taylor Munson added 11 points.

The Storm will travel to Kennewick, Wash., to participate in the NWACC championships, which begin March 1. Chemeketa’s first game is against Lower Columbia, the No. 2 seed from the West Division.

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