The Sideline

Thursday, September 03, 2015 This Week's Paper
Lady Titans stumble down the stretch

Angie Sanchez continued her dominant season with a game-high 29 points – 21 in the first half – and 12 rebounds, but the Tacoma Community College women lost 59-58 at home tonight to Lower Columbia after giving up a 14-point lead with just under 10 minutes left.

Sanchez scored 11 points in the first six minutes, as the Titans trailed 16-15 after her three-pointer with 13:52 to go in the first half. They finally got their first lead at 23-22 after Alexus Grant tossed a long pass to Sanchez for a breakaway layup with 7:17 left. Sanchez nailed another three-pointer with 3:17 in the half, and Diana Ramirez followed with a layup to culminate a 22-4 run for the Titans that made it 37-24.

Grant’s layup with 9:48 left in the game gave TCC its largest lead at 56-42, but the Titans were then held scoreless for over six minutes as Lower Columbia clawed back into the game. They outscored the Titans 17-2 for the duration of the game, as Arneshia Smith’s three-point play with three minutes to go cut it to 58-57 and Natasha Marith gave the Red Devils the lead with a layup with 11 seconds left. The Titans tried to get the ball to Sanchez on the final possession, but she was tightly guarded and they couldn’t get a shot off.

Patrice Polk had nine points, four rebounds and five assists for the Titans, while Marith led Lower Columbia with 17 points.

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