Cardinal men victorious in inaugural NWAC game

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COEUR d’ALENE — Sophomore Sam Dowd had a game-high 27 points and finished with five assists, leading North Idaho College to a 103-94 win over the Yakima Valley Yaks in its debut in the Northwest Athletic Conference on Saturday afternoon at Rolly Williams Court.

Markus Golder scored 25 points for NIC (13-1), which also got 20 points from Niko Bevens.

NIC’s basketball teams transitioned to the NWAC this season after more than four decades in the NJCAA.

NIC travels to Columbia Basin of Pasco, Wash., on Wednesday.

YAKIMA VALLEY

Terrance White 7-13 5-9 21, Keyshawn Webb 7-9 0-0 17, Modesta Britten 0-1 0-0 0, Maurice Hodge 2-4 0-0 5, Justin Hill 5-12 0-1 10, Jason Ford 4-7 0-0 8, Amaris Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Max Jones 4-16 6-6 17, DeAndre Kambala 1-3 0-2 2, Jalil Walker 4-9 3-4 11, Ty Rivers 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 35-77 94.

NORTH IDAHO

Sam Dowd 8-15 10-13 27, Charles Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Niko Bevens 7-16 0-0 20, Adam Gotelli 4-6 2-4 12, Jalen Burkett 1-2 1-2 3, Markus Golder 7-12 10-13 25, Drew Sheridan 0-0 0-0 0, Zaequan Satterthwaite 6-8 2-2 14, Dalen Erickson 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Henderson 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 33-60 27-36 103.

Halftime — NIC 50-33. 3-point goals — YVCC 9-18 (White 2-4, Webb 3-4, Hodge 1-1, Jones 3-8, Walker 0-1), NIC 10-20 (Dowd 1-2, Bevens 6-12, Gotelli 2-2, Golder 1-3, Satterthwate 0-1). Rebounds — YVCC 44 (Jones 8), NIC 34 (Satterthwaite 12). Assists — YVCC 8 (Jones 2), NIC 17 (Dowd 5). Team fouls — YVCC 33, NIC 20. Fouled out — Hodge, Walker, Gotelli.

• WOMEN

Yakima Valley 86

North Idaho 74

COEUR d’ALENE — Freshman Whitney Meier scored 23 points, including 5 for 11 from beyond the 3-point line, for the Cardinals, who lost to the Yaks in their inaugural Northwest Athletic Conference East Region game at Rolly Williams Court.

Sammi Blodgett had 29 points, four assists and four steals for Yakima Valley (11-3, 2-0 NWAC), which has won three straight games. Sequoia Swan hit 4 of 8 3-pointers and added 18 points for the Yaks.

Cierra Dvorak had 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists for NIC (7-5), which plays at Columbia Basin on Wednesday.

“They really shot the ball well, right from the beginning,” NIC coach Chris Carlson said of YVC, which shot 47.8 percent from the floor to NIC’s 30.5 percent. “I thought Whitney and Cierra played fantastic, too. We just got behind and couldn’t get the corner on them.”

YAKIMA VALLEY

Brenda Garcia 1-3 0-0 2, Shelbi Strom 2-4 0-0 4, Carly Davis 2-5 0-1 5, Bryanna Monson 2-3 0-0 4, Alexis Perez 3-9 0-0 6, Wiwnu Mills 2-4 5-6 9, Sequioa Swan 5-9 4-6 18, Sammi Blodgett 13-21 2-2 29, Alexis Biermann 0-2 0-0 0, Jayd Eke 1-2 1-2 3, Desanay Guerrero 1-5 4-4 6. Totals 32-67 16-21 86.

NORTH IDAHO

Lana Berg 0-9 0-0 0, Cierra Dvorak 6-16 9-10 21, Kassin Hopkins 0-4 0-0 0, Elish Smith 3-8 0-0 6, Shelby Jordan 1-2 2-3 4, Whitney Meier 8-15 2-3 23, Shayna Allert 1-6 0-0 2, Kaitlyn Christianson 0-3 0-0 0, Giavanna Sorn 2-14 6-8 10, Charity Marlatt 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 25-82 19-23 74.

Yakima Valley 22 24 24 16 — 86

North Idaho 9 27 15 23 — 74

3-point goals — YVCC 6-17 (Garcia 0-1, Davis 1-2, Perez 0-1, Swan 4-8, Blodgett 1-4, Eke 0-1), NIC 5-23 (Berg 0-2, Dvorak 0-1, Hopkins 0-3, Smith 0-4, Meier 5-11, Allert 0-2). Rebounds — YVCC 39 (Swan 11), NIC 56 (Sorn 13). Assists — YVCC 14 (Blodgett 4), NIC 16 (Dvorak 6). Team fouls — YVCC 20, NIC 23. Fouled out — Eke.

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