Chiawana barrage downs Wa-Hi girls


WALLA WALLA — Chiawana got hot from 3-point land at the right time here Saturday in a battle of Mid-Columbia Conference girls basketball regular season co-champions.

The Riverhawks hit all five of their 3-point attempts over the last eight minutes and the Blue Devils could not recover as Chiawana defeated Wa-Hi 55-39.

With the win, Chiawana, 15-7 overall, earns a berth to the District 5/8 tournament with the Greater Spokane League and the Riverhawks will play at home for the District 5 title Saturday.

Wa-Hi drops to 18-3 on the year and will host a loser-out game with the winner of Tuesday’s Pasco-Richland elimination game on Friday. The winner of that game will earn a berth in the District 5/8 tournament and play at Chiawana Saturday for the District 5 No. 1 seed.

Both teams suffered early nerves coming off a 46-45 Blue Devil win at Chiawana on Friday that forced the playoff. The Riverhawks went more than three minutes before Delaney Hodgins scored Chiawana’s first basket with a trey to produce a 3-1 Riverhawk lead with 3:50 left in the first.

Mikayla Ferenz scored Wa-Hi’s first bucket to get the Blue Devils even at 3-3 with 3:10 left in the first. Jaiden Hodnefield hit a trey to pull Wa-Hi within 11-8, but Hodgins beat the buzzer with a baseline drive and lay in to give the Riverhawks a 13-8 lead after one.

Behind two 3-pointers, an on going theme for this night, from Bianca Gonzales the Riverhawks raced to a 23-13 lead with 1:45 left in the half. Wa-Hi answered with buckets from Kate Ferenz and Madi Doepker, and Hodnefield’s last-second, cross-over one handed trey to pull the Blue Devils to 23-20 at intermission.

“We work on that (cross-over 3) every day in practice,” Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said good-heartedly. “It absoutely did (give us a spark). I told them we need to use that and go for it.”

The Blue Devil momentum carried over as a Mikayla Ferenz steal and coast-to-coast drive drew the Blue Devils even at 24-24 with three minutes gone in the third. A Doepker to Maddy Sirmon feed gave the Blue Devils a 26-24 lead with 3:43 left.

Following a Hodgins bucket, Mikayla Ferenz made another steal and finished with a full court drive to get the lead back at 28-26 with 1:50 left in the third. Doepker, who grabbed 14 rebounds on the night, capped the Wa-Hi 11-3 third-quarter blitz as she rebounded a miss, rebounded her own miss, and put it back in and drew a foul. Doepker hit the free throw and Wa-Hi went to the fourth up 31-26.

“This is two nights in a row that we’ve come out and had really good third quarters,” Meliah said. “Which I’m proud of as that (third quarters) have been somewhat of a struggle. That was a positive. Hopefully, on Friday we can put four quarters together.”

A Doepker bucket opened the fourth, but Hodgins responded with a trey to get the Riverhawks within 33-29 with 7:00 left and from then on the basket resembled an ocean to the Riverhawks.

“It’s frustrating,” Meliah said. “We went of a great run in the third quarter. They picked up the intensity and I didn’t feel like we matched it. But, at the same time, I told them I still love them the same as I did last night.”

The Riverhawks simply shot the lights out over the last eight minutes. Chiawana hit all five of its attempts from behind the arc, getting the game even at 37-37 following Brayden Hodgins’ trey. Jennifer Gonzales hit two free throws and then drained a trey for a 42-37 Riverhawk lead with 2:36 left.

Wa-Hi had to foul and Delaney Hodgins hit six consecutive free throws, Chiawana was 11-for-11 from the stripe for the quarter, over the last 1:07 to ice the 55-39 Riverhawk win.

Delaney Hodgins led all scorers with 20. Doepker led Wa-Hi with 12 and Mikayla Ferenz chipped in 11.

“Going forward, we just have to learn from it (the loss),” Meliah said. “We would’ve made it easier for our selves if we won tonight, but at the same time, we can forget about this one and go forward and play well Friday and see Chiawana again next Saturday.”

The Blue Devils earned a share of the MCC title Friday at Chiawana. The Blue Devils again used a good third period, a 14-10 run, to overcome a 22-20 half time defict and grab a 34-32 lead after three, but it got dicey for Wa-Hi over that last eight minutes.

Delaney Hodgins, who scored 30 of the Riverhawk points, stole an inbounds pass and put it in to tie the game at 45-45 with less than a minute left. A Riverhawk miss gave Wa-Hi the ball with almost no time left.

The Blue Devils aimed a pass at Mikayla Ferenz and Ferenz drew a foul. The Wa-Hi sophomore stepped to the line with :00 on the clock and hit the free throw to produce a Wa-Hi 46-45 victory and give the Blue Devils a piece of the MCC crown and force Saturday’s playoff.

Doepker scored 15, Mikayla Ferenz added 10, and Siemon put home 10 as Wa-Hi closed out the regular season with a co MCC championship, a 12-2 conference record, and an 18-2overall record.


CHIAWANA (55) — Cartwright 1-1 0-0 2 , J. Gonzales 1-5 2-2 5, Sullivan 1-3 0-0 2 , B. Gonzales 4-11 2-3 11, Alferness 2-5 1-2 7, Pink 0-0 0-0 0, D. Hodgins 5-13 8-8 20, Perez 0-3 0-0 0, B. Hodgins 3-4 0-0 8. Totals 17-45 13-17 55.

WA-HI (39) — K. Ferenz 1-5 0-0 2, Doepker 3-12 6-9 12, Sirmon 2-7 0-0 4, M. Ferenz 4-12 3-4 11, Molitor 0-1 2-4 2, Crawford 1-4 0-0 2, Greene 0-2 0-0 0, Hodenfield 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 13-47 11-17 39.

Chiawana 13 10 3 29 — 55

Wa-Hi 8 12 11 8 — 39

3-point goals — Chiawana 8-18 (B. Hodgins 2-3, Perez 0-3, D. Hodgins 2-4, Alferness 2-3, B. Gonzales 1-4, J. Gonzales 1-1), Wa-Hi 2-8 (Hodnefield 2-4, Molitor 0-1, M. Ferenz 0-3). Total fouls—Chiawana 15, Wa-Hi 15. Fouled out— Wa-Hi (K. Ferenz, Crawford). Technical fouls— none. Rebounds — Chiawana 37 (D. Hodgins 5, B. Gonzales 5, Sullivan 5), Wa-Hi 32 (Doepker 14). Turnovers — Chiawana 9, Wa-Hi 15. Assists — Chiawana 9 (Sullivan 3), Wa-Hi 6 (Doepker 3).


WA-HI (46) — K. Ferenz 3-4 0-0 6, Doepker 5-18 5-7 15, Sirmon 2-9 6-8 10, M. Ferenz 2-11 5-6 10, Molitor 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 2-6 1-3 5, Greene 0-2 0-0 0, Hodenfield 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 14-53 17-24 46.

CHIAWANA (45) — Cartwright 0-0 0-0 0, J. Gonzales 1-11 0-0 2, Sullivan 0-3 2-2 2, B. Gonzales 0-11 2-2 2, Alferness 0-1 2-2 2, Pink 0-1 0-0 0, D. Hodgins 9-16 9-9 30, Perez 1-7 0-0 3, B. Hodgins 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 13-54 15-19 45.

Wa-Hi 8 12 14 12 — 46

Chiawana 11 11 10 13 — 45

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 1-6 (M. Ferenz 1-2, K. Ferenz 0-1, Hodenfield 0-1, Doepker 0-2), Chiawana 4-24 (D. Hodgins 3-5, Perez 1-7, Pink 0-1, J. Gonzales 0-5, B. Gonzales 0-6). Total fouls—Wa-Hi 11, Chiawana 20. Fouled out— Chiawana (Hodgins). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Wa-Hi 52 (Doepker 11), Chiawana 39 (D. Hodgins 8). Turnovers—Wa-Hi 13, Chiawana 10. Assists— Wa-Hi 9 (M. Ferenz 3, Molitor 3), Chiawana 6 (J. Gonzales 2, Perez 2).



huntinwr says...

I attended the game and as bad as I felt for Wa-Hi, you had to hand it to Chiawana for hitting the big shots (almost all of them!) in the fourth quarter. Besides, this was as close to a meaningless game as you could have, as Wa-Hi will likely meet the Riverhawks again next Saturday. They just have to get past the Richland/Pasco winner on Friday first. Go Devils!

Posted 4 February 2013, 9:27 a.m. Suggest removal

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