Big Bend women get back in the win column, ending a two-game skid

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Rodney Harwood/Columbia Basin Herald Preston Wilks, the winningest coach in Big Bend women's basketball history, has the Vikings back on track after ending a two-game skid on Saturday with a win over Blue Mountain.

MOSES LAKE — The Big Bend women saw the mortar crumble a little bit last week with back-to-back loses to Walla Walla and Wenatchee Valley, but they shored up the foundation with an 81-61 win over Blue Mountain on Saturday at DeVries Activity Center.

Kelsey Sorenson scored 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead Big Bend, which snapped a two-game losing streak to keep pace with Wenatchee Valley in the NWAC East Region. Sorenson was 5 of 13 from the floor and 8 of 10 from the free-throw line. Seven of her 13 rebounds came on the defensive glass.

“I thought we played well today. We were down on ourselves a little bit coming off back-to-back losses and they were coming off a big win at Walla Walla, but we were able to pull away in the second half,” Big Bend coach Preston Wilks said. “We want to definitely chase down Wenatchee (19-2, 8-0) and it’s done by winning your next game.

“Right now there’s no game bigger than CBC coming in on Wednesday.”

Abby Broadbent made a significant contribution coming off the bench. She was 5 of 9 from 3-point range for 15 points and Kayla Luke finished with 11 points and five assists for the Vikings, who out-rebounded the Timberwolves 44-27.

“Kelsey had a really solid game this afternoon and having a good year. In conference play, she is averaging 12 points and 9.5 rebounds,” Wilks said. “Broadbent came in and hit some nice 3s coming off the bench, so we feel like we’re back on track.”

Wenatchee Valley (19-2, 8-0 NWAC East) is still the frontrunner in the East Region, having beaten Big Bend last week. The Vikings (17-4, 6-2) and North Idaho (16-4, 6-2) are tied for second place with eight games remaining in the regular season. The defending NWAC champions Walla Walla (15-6, 5-3) are currently in the fourth and final slot for the postseason.

Scoring

Big Bend 81, Blue Mountain 61

Blue Mountain - Ammarae Broncheau 5, Chloe Morrison 6, Karlie Gerlinger 9, Alyia Munoz 4, Brooke Wheeler 23, Hayden Meyers 2, Myka Lee 3, Ashley Hill 9. Totals: 28 9-18 61

Big Bend - Hannah Wilson 8, Kayla Luke 8, Leah Dougherty 7, Miranda Johnson 13, Kelsey Sorenson 18, Jacky Hidalgo 1, Brynn Brown 3, Abby Broadbent 15, Sydney Bishop 5. Totals: 38 17-21 81

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