This Wednesday, the Saints men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted the Clark College Penguins in their fourth conference game of the season in their fight to make it to the NWAC championship playoffs.
The women Saints played a well-fought battle, having trailed by 14 points at one point in the second quarter. They managed to close out the game scoring an impressive 46 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Penguins as they fell short, 72-70.
Mt. Hood was led by freshman forwards Courtney Jackson and Ashlie Collins, who put up 13 and 12 points, respectively. Another outstanding performance came from freshman guard McKenzie Long, who opened up the scoreboard for the saints and had herself 10 points in the game.
The Saints men, on the other hand, were able to take advantage of home court to outscore the Clark Penguins men, 76-72.
They were led by freshman guard-forward Kyler Haynes, who helped to start the Saints’ momentum and ended the game with 17 points. Thanks to his high intensity and finding ways to get into the paint, the Saints led 38-33 at the half.
Sophomore guard-forward Steven Fair took care of the second half as Clark closed down Haynes and tried to make a run to close the gap near the the final minutes. Fair used his experience to create open shots and get to the foul line, where he went 5-for-5, enough to help the Saints seal the home win.