Irish girls top Pioneers

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MILTON-FREEWATER — The DeSales Irish girls basketball team received 17 points from Ashlyn Lyons and pummeled the Mac-Hi Pioneers, 52-19, here Monday night.

It started out 6-0 Irish on a Lyons steal and layup, a turnaround jumper inside by Allison Wujek and put-back by Lyons on the offensive rebound — all in the first minute of the game.

The Pioneers battled back on two free throws by Makia Carlson before Lyons hit a charity toss.

A bucket in the paint by Carlson and a 3-pointer by Avery Wells made it tied at 7-7 with four minutes in the first quarter left.

Wells made another jumper before Molli Lesko sunk two free throws for the Irish to make it deadlocked at 9-all headed into the second quarter.

DeSales outscored the Pioneers 17-4 in the next stanza, led by Lyons’ nine points.

Scoring for Mac-Hi in the second period was Amber Wells, who made 2-of-4 free throws, and Carlson, who had a rebound and a put-back underneath.

It was 26-11 Irish at the intermission.

DeSales ran off 15 points to only six by Mac-Hi in the third quarter before burying the Pioneers in the fourth on a run of 11-0.

The Irish were led in the third quarter by Abby Crowley, who made a pair of turnaround jumpers on the block.

Lesko also canned a 3-pointer in the run.

In the fourth quarter, Claire Conley made a couple of buckets inside and Brigit Lyons connected from downtown to lead the surge.

The Irish harassed the Pioneers to the tune of 32 turnovers in the game.

“Thirty-two turnovers are the most we’ve had in any game this season,” Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said. “DeSales is a super-quick team on defense. They also kept putting up the points before we could score in that second half.”

A little bit of indecisiveness and confusion is what Irish coach Tim Duncan attributed the slow start in the game for his team.

“We relaxed a little on offense early,” he said. “We are not yet sure of exactly what our roles are. Instead of trying to play off of what they give us, we are trying to do everything exactly the way that we practiced it. We are still a work in progress.”

Duncan was happy with his team’s defensive effort, however.

“Our defensive effort was a lot better today,” he said. “Our first game of the season we did a lot of standing around on defense. Our kids got after it a little more tonight. Hopefully, that carries over to next game.”

The Irish (1-1) play at home versus Walla Walla Valley Academy Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The Pioneers have a week off before they play Monday at DeSales at 6 p.m.

“We need to work on form shooting in practice,” Christian said. “We struggled with that touch on offense tonight. We especially struggled when we didn’t slow it down and run our offense. We got away from what we wanted to do. We need everyone contributing on the offensive end again.”

DESALES 52, MAC-HI 19

DESALES (52) — Ash. Lyons 7 2-4 17, Crowley 3 1-2 7, Wujek 2 0-0 4, Lesko 1 2-2 5, Conley 3 0-0 6, Baumgart 0 0-0 0, B. Lyons 3 1-2 9, All. Lyons 0 0-0 0, Acock 0 4-4 4. Totals 19 10-14 52.

MAC-HI (19) — Carlson 2 2-5 6, Wells, Avery 2 0-0 5, Vaughn 1 0-0 2, Fite 2 0-0 4, Tveidt 0 0-0 0, Kilburg 0 0-0 0, Wells, Amber 0 2-4 2, Riedel 0 0-0 0, Lonai 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 4-9 19.

DeSales 9 17 15 11 — 52

Mac-Hi 9 4 6 0 — 19

3-point goals — DeS 4( Lyons, Ashlyn, Lesko, Lyons, Brigit 2), Mac (Wells, Avery). Total fouls — DeS 13, Mac 13. Fouled out — DeS (Conley). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — DeS 20 (Crowley 6), Mac 28 (Carlson 5, Tveidt 5). Turnovers — DeS 15, Mac 32.

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