PREP BASKETBALL - Hanford holds off Wa-Hi girls in overtime

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RICHLAND - The Wa-Hi girls basketball team lost 39-34 to the Hanford Falcons in overtime here Friday night.

The Falcons outscored the Blue Devils 6-1 in overtime to take the victory.

"We did some good things down the stretch," Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said. "But we kind of hit the panic button. We let them dictate the tempo of the game. We are a young, inexperienced team, and while it hurts to lose, we can watch film from this game next week and learn a lot from it."

Gabby Anderson scored 10 points to pace a modest Wa-Hi offensive attack.

"One positive about our team," Meliah said, "is the balanced scoring we have on our team. We just need to find that player who is going to step up and score late in the pressure situations in the game. We haven't found out who that girl is yet."

Wa-Hi was 7-of-21 from the line in the game.

"That free-throw thing," Meliah said, "is rearing its ugly head. It comes down to mental focus. We know that we need to keep working on that."

Hanford wasn't much better from the line, shooting just 8-of-16.

While the field-goal shooting wasn't bad (13-for-38), the Blue Devils shot just 1-of-8 from downtown.

"We worked through our posts a lot in the first half," Meliah said, "Then they (Falcons) went to a 2-3 zone and we didn't hit the outside shot.

"We need to have some of our guards step up and hit some shots. Our guards are capable of shooting it well, they just need to look for their shots more."

Hanford 39, Wa-Hi 34

WA-HI (34)- Klicker 3-7 0-0 7, Crawford 3-7 1-5 7, Jimenez 1-6 3-4 5, Christensen 1-3 1-2 3, Greene 0-4 0-0 0, Hamada 1-2 0-1 2, Anderson 2-9 4-9 10. Totals - 13-38 7-21 34.

HANFORD (39) - Stewart 0-3 0-0 0, Albertson 3-12 0-0 7, Steele 0-7 2-3 2, Rouche 3-5 0-0 6, Gagnon 1-4 0-0 2, Young 0-4 0-0 0, Rutherford 0-0 0-0 0, Skinner 1-2 2-6 4, Gall 7-11 4-7 18. Totals 15-50 8-16 39.

Wa-Hi 8 9 9 7 1 - 34

Hanford 7 8 5 13 6 - 39

3-point goals - Wa-Hi 1-8 (Klicker), Han 1-7 (Albertson). Total fouls - Han 21, Wa-Hi 16. Fouled out - Wa-Hi (Christensen), Han (Alberston). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds Wa-Hi 45 (Crawford 9), Han 31 (Rutherford 5, Gagnon 5). Turnovers - Wa-Hi 13, Han 9. Assists Wa-Hi 7 (Klicker 4), Han 5.

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