PASCO, Wash. -- After winnning the NWACC title last year, the CBC women lost some key players but they had faith that a younger group from Yakima and Tri-Cities area high schools could keep the program on the winning track.
Jordan Brown was a star on the Prosser basketball court, finding the basket like few others could. But after Prosser, she was CBC bound. She says, "It's a little tougher but it makes me better. Going against strong teams and having to do different moves and stuff. It makes me a lot better as a player."
In total 11 of the 14 CBC players come from the Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley. Guard Vanessa Torbay says, "Everybody that's good on one big, good team."
Head Coach Cheryl Holden says, "We try to recruit locally and go from the inside out."
Monique Wickenhagen hales from Naches High, Lauren Rada from Columbia-Burbank, and Vanessa Torbay from Sunnyside.
Torbay says, "We all come together here at CBC to play as Columbia Basin College."
And so far the local approach has worked this season. The Hawks are 11-5 and tied for 1st in the NWAACC's Eastern Division.