Four Titan women sign letters of intent
Four Lane women’s basketball players have signed national letters of intent to four-year schools, coach Greg Sheley announced Friday.
Guard Shelby Snook will play at Western Oregon, guard/forward Bre DuBois will play at Cal State Dominguez Hills, and forward Jordan Kimbrough and guard Gabby Heehn have chosen to play at Cal Poly Pamona.
The quartet accounted for 60 points per game for the Titans, who captured the Northwest Athletic Conference title. Snook was the leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, followed by Kimbrough (15.4), DuBois (13.5) and Heehn (12.9). Kimbrough was the team’s leading rebounder (11.6) and shot-blocker (2.6).
Titans race past Penguins for title
By Brian Adamowsky | For The Register-Guard
MARCH 14, 2016
EVERETT, Wash. — The Lane women’s basketball team avenged its loss to Peninsula in the 2015 NWAC championship game in clinical fashion on Sunday night, beating the Pirates 76-59 at Everett Community College to capture the program’s fifth title since 2006.
The Titans (32-1) placed five scorers in double figures and had an answer for every run Peninsula made in the game, leading the whole way.
Shelby Snook, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after the game, led the way for Lane with 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Snook scored 17 of her points after halftime as the Pirates (25-6) had to adjust their defense after Lane’s Gabby Heehn torched them for six three-pointers in the first half.
“Teams have been coming out and hugging Gabby all year, and that just opens up lanes for Shelby to drive,” said Lane coach Greg Sheley, who has guided the Titans to all five of their championships. “We just kept attacking that gap in the second half.”
An illustration of Lane’s depth and selflessness: Heehn scored 18 points on the six three-pointers in the first half, and attempted just one shot the rest of the game.
“Teams can’t just shut down one player against us,” said sophomore Bre DuBois, who joined Snook on the all-tournament team, along with Jordan Kimbrough and Mallory Shields. “We have a deep bench, and we’ve all had off-nights, but there are plenty of people who can come in and get buckets for us.”
Heehn’s first-quarter explosion allowed the Titans to build a 29-19 lead, but the Pirates narrowed the lead to 32-28 with six minutes left in the first half on the strength of their own long-range shooting.
Peninsula made 7-of-16 from beyond the arc in the first half to keep the game manageable, but couldn’t maintain that success after halftime. The Pirates went just 2-for-17 from deep in the second half to finish right at their season-average 27 percent clip.
The Pirates opened the second half on a 5-0 run, and a three-pointer by Cierra Moss cut the Titans’ 10-point halftime lead to four with six minutes to go in the third quarter, but that’s as close as Peninsula would get.
Snook took control in the second half, just as she did in Lane’s overtime victory over Wenatchee Valley in Saturday’s semifinal. She drove the lane at will against a Peninsula defense that was plagued by foul trouble all game, and was able to score on her own, dish to a teammate or get fouled.
Snook drained a dagger three-pointer with 5:40 remaining in the game to push an eight-point lead out to 11, and made five free throws in the final two minutes to seal it for Lane.
The Titans mixed up its defenses between man-to-man and matchup zone throughout the game to frustrate Peninsula. The Pirates got 22 points from Imani Smith and 21 from Moss, but no other player had more than six.
“They run a lot of short-corner stuff and a lot of baseline stuff, so we just had to communicate a lot on defense,” DuBois said. “We knew they were going to make their runs, but we really wanted to get this done. It feels really good and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to share it with.”
Lane women’s basketball rolls Everett in first round of NWAC playoffs
By Jarrid Denney | For The Register-Guard
Saturday marked the first time in nearly two years that Lane point guard Shelby Snook had taken the court for a playoff game. She wasted no time picking up where she had left off.
In her final home game as a Titan, Snook scored 17 first-half points and finished with 25 total to lead Lane to an 89-39 win over Everett in the first round of the Northwest Athletic Conference championship.
The win improved the Titans’ season record to 29-1 and secured them a spot in the elite eight for the fifth straight year.
“It was pretty surreal,” Snook said. “The sophomores were sitting on the bench and with like two minutes left we were thinking ‘this is our last time playing here’ so that kind of hit home. I’ve had a great experience here.”
The Trojans played the Titans close for the first eight minutes of the opening quarter, but Lane broke away to take a 24-16 lead by the end of the period. They extended that to a 51-28 lead by halftime.
After a slow start to the third quarter, the Titans put their foot back on the gas. Lane is a team built around their three-point shooting — it averages 25 three-point attempts per game — but the Titans shot 5-of-16 from three-point range against Everett. What the Titans lacked in long range shooting they made up for in defensive effort and fast-break scoring.
Lane scored 19 points off of turnovers and shot 24-of-32 from the free throw line.
Snook shot 8-of-16 in 24 minutes, and Lane forward Bre DuBois added 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The Titans held the Trojans scoreless for the entire fourth quarter and surrendered 11 second-half points despite resting their starters for most of the fourth quarter. Lane coach Greg Shelley called the game one of his team’s finest defensive efforts of the season.
Snook’s experience at Lane has been a rollercoaster ride. She led the Titans to a NWAC final four appearance during the 2013-14 season and was the team’s leading scorer during that campaign.
Before the 2014-15 season, Snook suffered a knee injury during a workout and missed the entire year. The Titans reached the NWAC championship final in her absence but were beaten by Peninsula.
This season, Snook and fellow sophomores DuBois, Jordan Kimbrough and Gabby Heehn have carried a Lane offense that is the most lethal in the conference.
The Titans average an NWAC best 90 points per game, and their win Saturday marked the 27th occasion they have scored 80 points or more.
A win over the Trojans was the first successful step in a tournament Snook and the Titans hope will end with them capturing the conference championship that has stayed just out of reach for the past two years.
“I’m super excited,” Snook said. “I think between the sophomores that played in that championship game last year, plus me and Gabby (Heehn), we’re ready… We’ve got experience and we know what to expect. I don’t know if other teams have as much experience as we do.”
The remainder of the tournament will be played at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center in Everett, Wash. Lane will next face Centralia at 4 p.m. Thursday.