Waitsburg-Prescott girls fall; district continues Saturday

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COLFAX — Waitsburg-Prescott’s girls basketball season drew to a close here Thursday night in the Colfax High gym as St. George’s pulled away to a 52-21 victory in a playoff game to decide the eighth and final ticket to the Class 2B District 7/9 tournament.

Waitsburg-Prescott hung with the Dragons for most of the first half, but the Spokane school managed a 21-15 halftime advantage and outscored the Southeast 2B District’ team 31-5 in the second half to advance to the district tournament that begins Saturday, with games scheduled in Waitsburg and Dayton.

“We led most of the first quarter,” W-P coach Jerry Baker said. “And it was close most of the way through the second. It was real close.

“But they got up by us on six at the half, and in the second half we couldn’t make a basket. We were getting good shots, they just weren’t going in. Layins or anything else.”

Baker said that St. George’s used a trapping defense in the second half, “But it wasn’t anything we haven’t seen all year.”

“Their big girl did cause us some problems inside,” Baker said of St. George’s post Brenna Russell, who led all scorers with 16 points. “She’s a 6-footer, and she was a pretty good defender.”

Holly Kwasanch and Allison Wert scored 10 points each to give the Dragons three players in double figures. Wert also led St. George’s with seven rebounds.

Krystal Harris, one of four seniors who played her final game in a W-P uniform, scored 11 points to lead the way offensively.

Samantha Fedderson, a 5-10 sophomore, corralled a game-high 10 rebounds for W-P.

Katy Hofer, Sam Moss and Liz Xaudaro were W-P’s other three seniors.

“I thought we had a fairly successful season,” Baker said of his team’s 9-13 final mark. “We knew coming in that we were fairly young and inexperienced.

“But we wound up tied for third in our league, which was about as good as we were going to get. We played right to our ability, with a couple of real good wins and a couple of losses that we probably should have won. But that’s all part of it.”

The district tourney commences Saturday at 2 p.m., with four games scheduled on the Dayton High court and four in the Waitsburg High gym.

St. George’s will be matched against Northeast 2B District rival Reardon in a 7 p.m. battle in Dayton.

The DeSales boys and girls team, Walla Walla Valley Academy’s boys team and the Dayton girls squad are the Southeast 2B District’s remaining entries in the tournament.

And it will be hustle and bustle time for the Irish.

The DeSales boys are matched against Colfax in a 2 p.m. game in Dayton.

The Irish girls take on Lind-Ritzville at 3:30 p.m. in Waitsburg.Dayton’s girls team meets Colfax at 5:30 p.m. on the Bulldogs’ home floor.

And the Knights boys team faces Northwest Christian at 7 p.m. in Waitsburg.

Also on the Dayton floor Saturday, Reardan’s boys meet St. George’s at 3:30 p.m. Asotin’s girls take on Northwest Christian at 2 p.m. and Lind-Ritzville’s boys face Asotin at 5:30 p.m. in the other games scheduled in Waitsburg.

The double-elimination tournament continues next weekend in Walla Walla, with games played at Walla Walla Walla Community College and Whitman College.

Four boys teams and four girls squads will qualify for the Washington Class 2B State Tournament.

St. George’s 52, W-P 21

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (21) — Hofer 1 0-0 2, Brannock 2 0-0 4, Deal 0 0-2 0, Harris 4 2-2 11, Fedderson 2 0-0 4, Kuykendall 0 0-0 0, Moss 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Harshman 0 0-0 0, Salazar 0 0-0 0, Xaudaro 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0. Totals 9-53 2-5 21,

ST. GEORGE’S (52) — Stamper 3 0-0 6, Hayce 2 0-0 4, Kwasanch 4 1-2 10, Wert 3 4-6 10, Moye 1 2-3 4, Russell 7 2-2 16, Tender 0 2-2 2. Totals 20-46 11-15 52.

W-P 11 4 2 3 — 21

St. George’s 11 10 18 13 — 52

3-point goals — W-P (Harris), SG (Kwasanch). Total fouls — W-P 13, SG 8. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — SG 37 (Wert 7) W-P 33 (Fedderson 10). Turnovers — W-P 27, SG 19.

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