Soldotna’s Danica Schmidt (left) drives into the lane by Dimond’s Dshanna Schuster Friday, March 22, 2019, in the Class 4A state basketball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Danica Schmidt (left) drives into the lane by Dimond’s Dshanna Schuster Friday, March 22, 2019, in the Class 4A state basketball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Danica Schmidt stars for Lower Columbia College

Danica Schmidt, a 2019 graduate of Soldotna High School, was named the tournament MVP of the 24th annual Everett Women’s Basketball Classic on Sunday while playing for Lower Columbia College of Longview, Washington.

Schmidt averaged 12.3 points and 11 rebounds in the tourney to lead the Red Devils (6-3 overall) to the championship.

Lower Columbia went 3-0 at the tournament, finishing with a 79-73 victory over Southwestern Oregon in overtime in Sunday’s championship contest. Schmidt had 10 points and 13 rebounds off the bench in the game.

In the first two games of the tournament, Lower Columbia defeated teams which had been previously unbeaten this season.

Friday, the Red Devils topped Big Bend 73-58, with Schmidt grabbing 11 rebounds and also scoring eight points.

Saturday, Lower Columbia topped Clackamas 87-75 by scoring 53 points in the second half. Schmidt had 16 points and nine rebounds as the Red Devils bench keyed the victory.

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