Wa-Hi girls put four quarters together


WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi’s post Torri Crawford scored 21 points to pace her team to a 72-31 win over the Southridge Suns in Mid-Columbia Conference girls basketball action here Tuesday evening.

“Going into this game, we said in order for us to be a high caliber team we have to put four quarters together,” Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said. “I thought this honestly was one of the first games that we did that. We were clicking on all cylinders in all four quarters. That is something we need to continue to do to get to the state tournament.”

The Blue Devils outrebounded the Suns, 48-23.

“We are athletic, so it has been hard to teach them to block out because they want to rely on their athleticism to rebound,” Meliah said. “But, they are finally buying in and blocking out. Then offensively when we block out and crash the boards, we get some nice second chance shots.”

Point guard Mikayla Ferenz led the backcourt with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Maddy Sirmon added nine points and seven boards, while Kate Ferenz had eight points.

Ten different Blue Devils contributed points to the grand total and Wa-Hi had 22 assists compared to just six by the Suns.

The Blue Devils had 20 offensive rebounds and 10 second-chance points.

Wa-Hi raced to a 24-8 first-quarter lead, and Southridge could not stop the Blue Devils’ onslaught.

The Blue Devils jumped out a 7-0 lead before the Suns could score. Crawford scored a hoop on the fastbreak, Doepker cut back-door for the pass and layup, and then Mikayla Ferenz nailed a 3-pointer from behind the left arc.

The Suns scored four unanswered points before Crawford made a hoop and a foul shot to put the lead at 10-4 with four minutes remaining in the first.

It was 12-4 on a steal of the inbounds pass from the Suns and hoop by Sirmon. Southridge managed its final basket of the quarter at the 2:35 mark before Wa-Hi ran off 12 more points to end the quarter.

The second quarter, Wa-Hi outscored its opponents 18-4 and in the third, 17-10, before coasting in the fourth to the win.

Crawford scored nine points in the second-quarter run and the score at half was 42-12. Mikayla Ferenz and Crawford each contributed five points in the third.

“Southridge only has one win in league, but they have lost on last-minute, buzzer shots both to Hanford and Richland,” Meliah said. “So, going in I thought we were prepared for them to be scrappy and they are freshman and sophomores. So a lot of the time they just don’t do any better than just to go hard. They are going to be talented in the future. But our athleticism and mental focus was there tonight.”

Wa-Hi is now 13-2 overall and 8-2 in conference. The Blue Devils play again Friday in Pasco and Saturday in Hanford.


SOUTHRIDGE (31) — Wormington 2-5 0-0 4, Edwards 0-2 0-0 0, Lyons 1-3 0-0 2, McNeill 0-0 0-0 0, Kruetz 0-0 0-0, Sanders 5-16 3-3 13, Taylor 0-4 2-4 2, Harris 2-6 0-0 4, Sullivan 3-9 0-2 6, Heberling 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 5-7 31.

WA-HI (72) — K. Ferenz 3-4 0-0 8, Kennedy 0-0 0-0 0, Doepker 2-11 2-2 6, Patton 2-3 0-0 4, Sirmon 4-6 1-2 9, M. Ferenz 4-8 2-4 10, McDaniels 1-1 0-0 2, Molitor 2-6 0-0 4, Crawford 9-15 3-6 21, Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Greene 0-4 2-2 2, Hodenfield 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 29-63 8-12 72.

Southridge 8 4 10 9 — 31

Wa-Hi 24 18 17 13 — 72

3-point goals — SR 0-6, Wa-Hi 6-10 (K. Ferenz 2-3, Doepker 0-1, M. Ferenz 2-4, Hodenfield 2-2). Total fouls — SR 9, Wa-Hi 8. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — SR 23 (Harris 3), Wa-Hi 48 (M. Ferenz 9). Assists — SR 9, Wa-Hi 22 (M. Ferenz 7). Turnovers — SR 15, Wa-Hi 12.


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