EdCC women beat Everett in regular season finale

The Edmonds Community College women’s basketball ended the year with back-to-back wins after coming back from a 20-point deficit to defeat Everett Community College 74-65 Saturday in Seaview Gym at Edmonds Community College.

Edmonds said goodbye to six sophomores who were playing in their last game in a Triton uniform: Melissa Schwab, Annelise Coxeff, Tania-Velasco-Bono, Jasmine McEachin, Danielle Smythe and Maile Keanu.

Smythe led the way for the Triton rally, scoring 27 points on a 9-for-17 shooting night which included six 3-pointers. Keanu added 15 points and 7 rebounds with both McEachin and Ellie Greene contributing 14 points apiece. McEachin had 10 rebounds and 7 assists with Greene grabbing 13 boards.

The Edmonds win looked very unlikely early on when Ron Newton and Shayla Ball’s squad fell behind 36-16. Entering the break the deficit was down to 16 points at 36-20. The Tritons would come out in the second and score 54 points over the final 20 minutes of play, however, to shock the Trojans and send the Triton faithful home with a win.

The comeback started slowly but built momentum as the second half wore on. A Smythe 3-pointer at 14:32 got the Tritons to within 10 points of Everett. A pair of McEachin free throws at 9:20 pulled Edmonds to within three points (50-47). Everett scored on its next two possessions but buckets by Smythe and Velasco-Bono had the Tritons back to within three. A Smythe trey tied the score at 54-54 with 7:04 on the clock.

Greene sank a jumper to give Edmonds its first lead of the game, 56-55. The Trojans stormed back to take a 60-58 advantage at 5:31 when Kylie Smith hit a 3-pointer. A field goal by Kelsy Rasmussen then gave Everett a four-point lead.

After a Trojan free throw, Smythe made 3-pointer and Maile Keanu laid one off the glass to even the score at 63-63. Velasco-Bono sank a shot for Edmonds, Smythe made two at the line and McEachin followed with a jumper. Suddenly it was Edmonds in front 69-63 at 2:17. Greene iced the game at the one minute mark when she swished a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining on the shot clock.

Edmonds (3-21, 2-12 North) shot 41 percent in the game and made 7-of-18 3-pointers. Everett (8-19, 5-9) made just 32 percent of its shots in the loss.

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