Vikings ride big first half in win over Spokane

Four Lady Vikings finished in double-figures in Wednesday night's Northwest Athletic Conference East Region victory over Spokane.
Four Lady Vikings finished in double-figures in Wednesday night's Northwest Athletic Conference East Region victory over Spokane.

By Connor Vanderweyst
Columbia Basin Herald

MOSES LAKE — Leah Dougherty and Hailey Garrity took turns punishing Spokane early.

The duo combined for 32 of Big Bend's 50 first-half points. Garrity shot a scorching 8-of-9 from the field for 17 points in the first 20 minutes while Dougherty added 15 of her own on 5-of-8 shooting.

Behind its potent front court, Big Bend (6-5, 17-7) led by 22 points at halftime and held off Spokane 76-67 to move over .500 in NWAC East play for the first time this season.

"She (Garrity) was a monster tonight," point guard Sunnie Martinez said. "She really did some nice things tonight and I think she showed up to play and that just goes to show anyone on our team can go off on any given night, which makes it nice for us."

Needing a win to keep its NWAC Tournament hopes alive, Big Bend began the game on a 14-2 run and led by as many as 18 points in the first quarter. That explosive scoring continued in the second quarter when Garrity and Callie Gronning hit consecutive 3-pointers to push the Vikings' lead back to 18 points.

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