WWVA girls lose to Auburn Academy in Friendship Tournament Friday

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COLLEGE PLACE - Auburn Academy scored the go-ahead basket with less than a minute to play here Friday, and a trapping defense denied Walla Walla Valley Academy any shot at the basket as the Knights suffered a 33-31 defeat in the semifinal round of the girls Friendship Tournament.

The defeat came after the Knights had registered their second victory of the season on Thursday with a 36-26 opening-round victory over Gem State Academy. WWVA took a 2-17 record into Saturday night's season finale against Mount Ellis Academy to decide third place in the tournament.

And as far as WWVA coach Monty Buell was concerned, Friday's loss came down to free-throw shooting.

"I told the girls after we shot 9-for-22 from the line on Thursday that we needed to do a better job," Buell said. "And we had a lot of opportunities again against Auburn, but we didn't make them."

WWVA was 12-for-25 from the line in Friday's loss.

"Leave everything else out of it, if we make 60 percent of our free throws we win," Buell said. "We shoot in the 60s for the season. That's not great, but it would have been good enough."

Jessica Hutton scored nine points and Kristi Buell eight to lead the Knights in the loss to Auburn. Amy Fletcher led Auburn with 10 points.

Against Gem State, Buell and Amy Arnzen led the way for WWVA with 12 points each. Brooke Heid and Rose Jensen scored eight points each to pace Gem State.

WWVA 36, Gem State 26

WALLA WALLA (36) - Arnzen 5 1-4 12, Croft 0 0-0 0, Buell 5 2-8 12, Hellie 0 0-0 0, Gregg 0 3-4 3, Field 3 3-6 9, Giles 0 0-0 0, Hutton 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Schafer 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 9-22 36.

GEM STATE (26) - Jansen 0 2-3 2, Heid 4 0-3 8, Iwasa 0 0-0 0, Davy 1 2-4 4, Peterson 0 0-0 0, Jensen 3 2-2 8, Cencerios 0 0-0 0, Meharry 0 0-0 0, Currithers 0 0-0 0, Dawson 2 0-2 4. Totals 10 6-14 26.

Walla Walla 4 16 9 7 - 36

Gem State 4 4 6 12 - 26

3-point goals - WWVA (Arnzen). Total fouls - Gem State 19, WWVA 15. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none.

Auburn 33, WWVA 31

AUBURN (33) - Prasad 2 0-0 4, Coon 2 3-7 7, Pierce 0 0-0 0, Cabales 1 0-0 2, Fletcher 4 1-1 10, Skoretz 1 0-0 2, Morah 0 0-0 0, M. Skoretz 1 0-0 2, Blaser 0 0-0 0, Elloway 2 0-0 4, Riederer 1 0-0 2, Brito 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 4-8 33.

WALLA WALLA (31) - Arnzen 2 0-4 5, Croft 0 0-0 0, Buell 2 3-4 8, Hellie 0 0-0 0, Gregg 0 0-0 0, Field 1 3-4 6, Giles 0 0-0 0, Hutton 3 3-7 9, Thompson 0 2-2 2, Schafer 0 1-4 1. Totals 8 12-25 31.

Auburn 10 7 8 8 - 33

Walla Walla 9 8 5 9 - 31

3-point goals - Auburn (Fletcher), WWVA (Arnzen, Buell, Field). Total fouls - Auburn 22, WWVA 9. Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - none.

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