South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) women’s basketball Coach Darah Vining brought freshmen Sharay Trotter, Jennie Goldsberry and Kayla Jackson into the Clippers program for very specific reasons.

Trotter was recruited for her slashing and scoring ability, Goldsberry for her presence in the paint and Jackson for her guard play. All three players’ skill sets were on full display against Shoreline Community College as SPSCC remained undefeated this season.

Trotter scored a game-high 19 points, Goldsberry went for 16 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds and Jackson added 8 points and 9 boards, helping the Clippers turn back a late surge by the Dolphins to win 59-55 at the Health & Wellness Center on November 21.

“They battled tonight,” Vining said. “This is a tough team. They’re tough girls. At the end we saw some things we need to work on, namely the press break, but other than that they did a lot of great things tonight.”

The victory improves the Clippers to 2-0, an accomplishment the program hasn’t experienced in some time.

“It’s exciting playing at home,” said Vining, who also guided her team to a 77-67 home victory over Skagit Valley in SPSCC’s season opener on November 19. “We still have a lot of things we need to work on, but to have the start we’ve had is great. These are great girls. We’re just young, but we saw some great things out there tonight.”

One such thing was the offensive play of Trotter, who hit seven of 13 shots from the field to pace the Clippers in scoring for a second consecutive game. The 5-foot-9 guard/forward also grabbed six rebounds, helping the Clippers hold a commanding 62-43 rebounding edge.

Goldsberry was joined in double-digit rebounds by teammate Payten Foster, who had five of her 12 rebounds in the first quarter. Goldsberry also registered five blocks as SPSCC held Shoreline to 29.3 percent from the field.

Leading 28-17 at the half, South Puget Sound Community College used an 18-3 run to grab its largest lead of the contest at 53-36 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the game.

Back stormed the Dolphins, however, as Shoreline was able to cut the deficit to 56-53 with 84 seconds to play following a 17-3 run of its own.

Two free throws from Trotter and a pair from Honey Let Padasdao in the closing seconds gave the Clippers some breathing room, leading SPSCC to its second victory on the season.

The Clippers also received eight points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists from Let Padasdao and six points from Foster.

South Puget Sound Community College women’s basketball will look to remain perfect on the year when they host Portland Community College on Wednesday, November 24. Tip off is slated for 3 p.m.

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