DeSales girls start slow, power past Mac-Hi

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WALLA WALLA — It took awhile to overcome a slow start, but DeSales’ girls caught fire and handed visiting Mac-Hi a 61-17 defeat at the Irish gym Monday night.

The Pioneers and Irish didn’t set the world afire in the first four minutes of the game, as neither team scored.

The Irish did, however, get a lift from Ashlyn Lyons, who swished three 3-pointers to close the first quarter and lead her team on a 15-1 run in the first eight minutes of the game.

“We started off a little bit slow offensively,” Irish coach Tim Duncan said. “Then Ashlyn Lyons got us going. She got us jump-started in the first quarter. Once we got going, we didn’t stop. We shot the ball really well and I thought we played really well, overall.”

The Irish connected on nine 3-pointers in the game.

Freshman Emily Baumgart led the Irish with 14 points and canned two from downtown.

Ashlyn Lyons nailed four from downtown in scoring 13 points.

“Tonight, DeSales shot the ball lights-out from the outside,” Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said.

DeSales freshman Teresa Acock hit a pair from behind the arc in scoring 10 points. “We’ve got some gifted shooters,” Duncan said. “Once they start knocking them down, it really opens it up for our posts inside. That is what we have to do because a lot of teams are going to play zone with our size inside.”

Irish post Abby Crowley added eight points to keep the Pioneer defense honest.

Mac-Hi didn’t have much success in forcing turnovers, as DeSales had only 10.

“I thought we played a lot smarter on offense,” Duncan said. “Our turnovers were down. We had too many turnovers in every other game this season, but we were a lot smarter tonight.”

The Pioneers weren’t nearly as careful with the ball, picking up 38 turnovers.

“Turnovers killed us,” Christian said. “I think we had 38 or 39. They (DeSales) are very quick on defense and a very good defensive team.”

The Irish got out to the 15-1 lead in the first quarter on the strength of forcing 12 turnovers in that first quarter. D

eSales continued to apply the full-court pressure until 3:18 left in the second quarter, and by that time it was 26-3 Irish.

Mac-Hi had already committed half of its team turnovers with 18 to that point.

The Pioneers’ Josie Lonai scored six points off the bench and had three rebounds. Mac-Hi post Makia Carlson had six points and nine boards, while fellow starting senior forward Avery Wells had two points and five rebounds.

“We’ve got to make some adjustments in our offense before we get into league,” Christian said. “We’ve got to look to take advantage of getting in to our post players more. But if we’re going to turn it over in the backcourt, then it is impossible to get it to our posts in good position.”

The Pioneers (2-4) play at Walla Walla Valley Academy Thursday at 6 p.m. before the Heppner Invitational Dec. 28-29.

The Irish (4-1, 2-1 league) play today in Echo at 6 p.m. before the D.A. Davidson Christmas Tournament at Whitman College Dec. 27-29.

DESALES 61, MAC-HI 17

MAC-HI (17) — Carlson 2 1-4 5, Wells, Avery 1 0-0 2, Wells, Amber 0 0-0 0, Riedel 1 0-2 2, Lonai 2 2-4 6, Tveidt 1 0-0 2, Ureno 0 0-0 0, Vaughn 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 3-10 17.

DESALES (61) — Lyons, Ashlyn 4 1-4 13, Lyons, Brigit 3 0-0 7, Lyons, Allesyn 0 0-0 0, Baumgart 5 2-4 14, Wujek 2 0-00 4, Leahy 0 0-0 0, Acock 4 0-0 10, Lesko 2 1-2 5, Conley 0 0-2 0, Crowley 4 0-2 8. Totals 24 4-14 61.

Mac-Hi 1 6 4 6 — 17

DeSales 15 17 16 13 — 61

3-point goals — Mac-Hi none, DeS 9 (Ash. Lyons 4, B. Lyons, Baumgart 2, Acock 2). Total fouls — Mac-Hi 11, DeS 11. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Mac-Hi 35 (Carlson 9), DeS 27 (Ash. Lyons 5). Turnovers — Mac-Hi 38, DeS 10.

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