Big Bend places three players on All-Tournament Team

Leah Dougherty, Hailey Garrity, and Callie Gronning were all three named to the 2018 Northwest Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team.
Leah Dougherty, Hailey Garrity, and Callie Gronning were all three named to the 2018 Northwest Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team.

By RODNEY HARWOOD of the COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD

EVERETT — It's hard to say if the Big Bend Community College women's basketball team was punching above its weight this postseason, taking out a No. 1 and a No. 2 seed at the NWAC women's basketball championships before falling to the eventual champions.

But the Lady Vikings (22-10) did produce the third-best tournament finish in program history, placing third in their first NWAC Tournament in 15 years, with three named to the all-tournament team.

Hailey Garrity and Callie Gronning wrapped up their Big Bend careers with an all-tournament selection and freshman Leah Dougherty jump-started hers with the same honor.

"It was a magical run we went on there. The tournament was great and it showcased their skills. We had three girls named to the all-tournament. Considering the other third-place team, Bellevue only had one, I thought that said a lot about how they played," Big Bend coach Preston Wilks said. "The run that we had captured everybody's attention and a lot of people were cheering for us to keep it going."

The regular season boiled down to two prominent teams. There was eventual champion Walla Walla (32-1) and Umpqua (31-2) and then there was the rest. As it turned out, Big Bend was the best of the rest.

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