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Women’s basketball 2012

Storm women’s basketball team earns key victories


By McKenzie Hayward

Halfway into the season, the Chemeketa women’s basketball team sat in fourth place the South Division of Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

On Jan. 22, the Storm got its third win of the conference season by handily beating Portland, 70-46.

Sophomore wing McKenzi Benedict and freshman wing Angel Tulee contributed 11 points each, while freshman wing Irma Savoy added 19 points to the Storm’s final score.

The game went back and forth during the first half, with neither team gaining an advantage.

Benedict said, “In the first half, we needed to pick up our energy and be more confident.”

The Storm did exactly that in the second half, outscoring Portland by 19 points and winning the game by 24 points in what turned out to be a lopsided victory.

Parra, talking about Chemeketa’s improved play, said, “Our mentality has gotten better, and we are now used to each other as a team.”

The Storm traveled to Lane on Jan. 25 to take on the Titans.

Benedict, Savoy, and Parra each produced double figures, but the Storm lost to Lane, 71-55.

Chemeketa began its second round of league games on Feb. 5 with a close win against the Mt. Hood Saints.

Savoy led the way with 24 points as Chemeketa edged out a nail-biter, 54-51.

The recent ugly winter weather forced the postponement of the scheduled Feb. 8 game against Umpqua.

The Storm is expected to return home on Feb. 12 to take on Clackamas. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

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