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Women Dolphins taste victory, smell playoffs
Despite a neck-to-neck first half, the Dolphin womens' basketball team swam past the Bellevue Helms-women to a 69-54 victory Feb. 5, inching back into a playoff position.
With the regular season slowing down, SCC took a big step toward post-season play, climbing to a tie for fourth place in the NWAACC, alongside Olympic CC. To achieve their goal, the Dolphins will have to maintain the ranking, as only the top four teams in each of the four divisions will be invited to play in a 16-team elimination tournament.
Coming off of a tough loss to Olympic four days earlier, the Dolphins looked to assert themselves early and established a good rhythm.
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Dolphin Melissa Chomos drives through Bellevue's defense for an easy layup. Chomos added a team high 18 points to the 69-54 victory for the Dolphins.
"We played as a team and executed our offense," stated Dolphin guard Melissa Chomos.
"We were calm and didn't get antsy or scared of [Bellevue's] pressure. We just relaxed our plays and scored."
The Dolphins raced out to an early 6-0 lead, establishing a quick pace, and tried to shut the Helmswomen down with a zone defense on the other end of the floor.
SCC remained consistent with numerous players scoring. However, Bellevue was determined to make a game out of it, and bounced back, hitting several early foul shots.
The stats for their players began to light up as well, as they began to dump numerous field goals from all over the court, meeting the Dolphins head on.
Shoreline traded the early lead with Bellevue often. But the Dolphins began hitting their shots with a greater degree of precision, nailing 75 percent of their first half free throws, while shooting with slightly better accuracy from the field. Their ball handling also proved effective as they achieved a number of points through assists.
When the buzzer ended the half, SCC left the court with a 28-27 edge, and when the second half began, they took the initiative.
SCC fencer Shawn Dodge achieved a national E2003 ranking during the Western Washington Mid-winter Open, held Feb.1
Competing in mixed epée competition, Dodge placed 11th out of 27, beating many top-ranked fencers along the way.
SCC's Daniel Barron also competed, landing in 15th place.
In mixed foil competition, Barron, who has an E2002 foil ranking, placed 14th out of 42 competitors.
Shoreline student Amanda Holzknecht fought as well, placing 32nd.
Golf Club News
The SCC Golf Club will have a tournament at Lake Ballinger Golf Course Feb. 17.
Everyone playing will need their own set of golf clubs. Sets at the course can be rented for $10.
The club also has an open table of a putting competition at 10 a.m. March 6, at the same course.
For questions concerning the SCC Golf Club, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We played much better defensively, ran the floor better and worked the ball around," commented SCC center Amanda Merkley. "We worked really well as a team, came out strong and stayed strong the whole second half."
SCC meant business and began racking up points at will.
Bellevue, befuddled and offbeat, called a timeout and returned by switching up their defense to counter the rampaging Dolphins.
The Helmswomen briefly began to peal away at the SCC lead. However, the door was soon shut when Shoreline flooded their outclassed opponents with a flurry of field goals. SCC outscored the Bellevue women 41-27 in the second half.
When the game ended, the Dolphins rejoiced, celebrating a solid effort and an important win.
"The victory over Bellevue was setting a precedent that we can win with six players," said Dolphin forward Allison Burke.
"We are a very talented group. If there is one team not to forget, it's Shoreline."
Chomos led the Dolphins with 18 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists. Burke contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds. Dolphins Kamela Lyons and Merkley both racked up 14 points.
The SCC women have six regular season games left.
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