MOUNT VERNON — A shorthanded Skagit Valley College women's basketball team kept it close Wednesday evening against Whatcom Community College.

When the final horn sounded, however, the Orcas emerged with the 59-50 victory.

With six players available, the Cardinals (2-4) faced a fast-paced Whatcom team insistent on pressing the issue.

Grace Shaddle finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for Skagit. Shauna Koonuk had 13 points.

"When our point guard can get eight rebounds, that is a good night," said Skagit Valley coach Deb Castle. "She really hits the boards hard. She had good shot selection and managed the game well for us."

Castle added her six available players are a very athletic group; they combined for 20 steals while playing mostly zone.

"We didn't shoot free throws well or (shoot) from the 3-point line," Castle said. "We will keep working on those areas as well as turnovers. A low scoring game, we tried to stop their fast break points and manage clock on our end."

SOFTBALL

BREMERTON — Skagit Valley dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Olympic, 8-1 and 7-6. The Cardinals are 2-6.

— Reporter Vince Richardson: 360-416-2181, vrichardson@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter:@goskagit, Facebook.com/VinceReports/

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