NIC BASKETBALL: Cardinal men edge Wenatchee Valley

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WENATCHEE, Wash — Marcus Austin hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining as North Idaho College held off the Wenatchee Valley Knights 79-78 in a Northwest Athletic Conference game on Wednesday night.

Sophomore Nate Pryor scored 19 points for NIC (24-1, 12-0 NWAC), which finished the game 26 of 71 from the field.

Chance Michels hit a 3-pointer as time expired for Wenatchee Valley (20-5, 8-4), which is third in the East Region.

NIC travels to Blue Mountain on Saturday.

NORTH IDAHO

Christian Guess 6-12 1-5 15, Nate Pryor 7-16 2-2 19, Phillip Malatare 3-9 1-2 7, James Carlson 5-13 1-2 13, Ismael Valdez 1-2 1-2 3, Tyler Tanner 0-2 0-0 0, Emmit Taylor III 0-4 0-0 0, Yusuf Mohamed 1-3 4-4 6, Marcus Austin 2-4 4-6 10, Terrance Marigney 1-1 0-0 2, Jaden Dewar 0-2 4-4 4. Totals 26-68 18-27 79.

WENATCHEE VALLEY

Austin Hatch 3-8 0-0 6, Malik Parsons 4-13 1-4 10, Keaton Search 2-6 0-0 4, Nick Hopkins 2-6 1-1 5, Abdual Abdullah 5-12 3-3 13, Rayquan Everett 3-10 3-5 11, Isaac Jones 2-5 8-8 12, Chance Michels 5-11 4-4 17. Totals 26-71 20-25 78.

Halftime — NIC 37-34. 3-point goals — NIC 9-31 (Guess 2-5, Pryor 3-7, Malatare 0-3, Carlson 2-5, Valdez 0-1, Tanner 0-1, Taylor III 0-3, Mohamed 0-2, Austin 2-3, Dewar 0-1), WVC 6-27 (Hatch 0-5, Parsons 1-6, Seaich 0-3, Everett 2-7, Michels 3-6). Rebounds — NIC 38 (Guess 9), WVC 47 (Jones 14). Assists — NIC 12 (Malatare 4), WVC 14 (Michels 4). Team fouls — NIC 20, WVC 11. Fouled out — none.

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Wenatchee Valley 53

North Idaho 44

WENATCHEE, Wash. — The visiting Cardinals (13-10, 7-5 NWAC) finished the night 1 for 21 from the 3-point line in a loss to the Knights (18-7, 9-3).

NIC, which is fourth in the East Region, leads Treasure Valley by two games for the final playoff spot with four games remaining.

The top four teams advance to the NWAC Championships starting March 5 at Everett Community College.

Wenatchee Valley is third in the region.

NORTH IDAHO

Sydnie Peterson 4-11 0-2 9, Demi Randall 2-13 4-6 8, Anna Schrade 5-8 2-2 12, Halle Eborall 21-7 0-0 2, Alex Carlton 4-10 0-0 8, Rilee Mangun 2-7 1-2 5, Cheyenne Green 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 18-60 7-12 44.

WENATCHEE VALLEY

Kiara Steen 1-6 4-4 7, Natalie Andreas 2-5 3-4 7, Chasity Spady 6-13 2-4 14, Cariann Kunkel 5-9 3-4 14, Ashely Taylor Peralta 2-9 3-5 7, Ashley Agren 0-0 0-0 0, Madelyn Godwin 1-4 0-0 2, Sydnee Pixlee 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 18-50 15-21 53.

North Idaho 6 11 10 17 — 44

Wenatchee Valley 15 12 12 14 — 53

3-point goals — NIC 1-21 (Peterson 1-4, Randall 0-7, Schrade 0-3, Eborall 0-2, Carlton 0-4, Green 0-1), WVC 2-6 (Steen 1-1, Andreas 0-1, Kunkel 1-2, Peralta 0-2). Rebounds — NIC 33 (Schrade 9), WVC 37 (Kunkel 13). Assists — NIC 7 (Randall 3), WVC 9 (Peralta 5). Team fouls — NIC 22, WVC 13. Fouled out — Schrade.

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