In a game that could only be classified as crucial, Tacoma Community College women’s coach Heidi Collier needed someone to step up and deliver to keep the team in the hunt for a NWAACC postseason playoff spot. Enter Angie Sanchez, who poured in 31 points to go along with five rebounds as TCC coasted to a 64-55 win at home over Highline on Feb. 11 to improve to 8-4 in league play.
“Angie was huge tonight in this must-win game, and our role players really stepped up tonight,” said Collier, who has been really impressed with the tenacity of her young team in pressure-packed late-season games. “Our defense was big when we needed it to be, and we will have to maintain the same intensity for the rest of the season.”
Struggling to find any kind of consistent offense early, the Lady Titans turned up the defensive pressure, marching out to a 40-24 lead early in the second half. In addition to Sanchez’s 31 points, Kaitlyn Sauders would pitch in with 10 points. Keana Magalei led the Lady Thunderbirds with 18 points.
“It was a struggle early tonight, just like the early part of our season, but we kicked it into another gear and got a much-needed win tonight,” Sanchez said.
Highline could find no way to contain Sanchez all night long with her array of silky smooth jumpers and quick drives to the hoop.
“We have a special group of girls who really enjoy practices, which is rare for a really young team such as ours,” Collier said. “We hope we can ride this attitude to the NWAACC tournament.”
Sanchez and Collier both acknowledged, however, that the Lady Titans have to get better at rebounding if they are to go far in the postseason. But if they find a way to control the glass and Sanchez continues her torrid scoring, the Lady Titans could make things interesting come the first week of March in Kennewick.