PREP BASKETBALL - Turnovers kill Wa-Hi girls in Richland Friday

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RICHLAND - Wa-Hi held Richland to 28 percent shooting from the floor in opening girls basketball action of Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A league play here Friday.

It wasn't good enough as the Blue Devils committed 30 turnovers and gave the Bombers 57 shots from the field. Richland got balanced scoring and pulled away for a 48-34 win.

"We needed to make it a defensive game because they have some offensive weapons," Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said. "We did a good job of limiting their scorers to less than their average, but they had others step up and produce balanced scoring. We had to limit their offensive touches and we did not do that with 30 turnovers."

The Blue Devils were down 13-11 after one quarter and the Bombers stretched the lead to 21-17 at intermission.

Wa-Hi still hung around after three, trailing 35-28, but the Bombers stopped the Blue Devils on only six fourth-quarter points to pull away for the 14-point margin.

"We did some really good things (early)," Meliah said. "We got tired and started to break down mentally and made mistakes."

Mandy Machinal led the Bombers with 11 points.

Wa-Hi's post players led the Blue Devils. Gabby Anderson scored a team-leading 10 points, Torri Crawford scored nine and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Sydney Christensen added four points.

"Anytime we got it to our posts, they (Richland) had no answer," Meliah said. "We had stretches where we played good ball. If we can clean up our mistakes, we can keep getting better."

Wa-Hi (0-1, 3-3) hosted the Moses Lake Chiefs Saturday.

Richland 48, Wa-Hi 34

WA-HI (34) - Klicker 1-7 0-0 3, Crawford 4-6 1-2 9, Jimenez 1-5 0-0 3, Christensen 2-3 0-0 4, Greene 0-3 3-4 3, Hamada 1-3 0-0 2, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Anderson 4-9 2-3 10. Totals 13-37 6-9 34.

RICHLAND (48) - Croskrey 1-8 2-2 4, Machinal 4-10 1-4 11, Pringle 1-13 2-6 4, von Oehlhoffen 3-7 1-1 8, Corrigan 3-5 1-3 7, Manning 1-20-1 2, Perry 2-4 0-0 4, Mahoney 1-6 4-4 7, Duckworth 0-2 1-2 1, Cejka 0 0-0 0. Totals 16-57 12-23 48.

Wa-Hi 11 6 11 6 - 34

Richland 13 8 14 13 - 48

3-point goals - Wa-Hi 2-8 (Klicker, Jimenez), Rich 4-11 (Machinal 2 Mahoney 1, von Oehlhoffen). Total fouls - Wa-Hi 19, Rich 12. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Wa-Hi 42 (Crawford 10), Rich 30 (Croskrey 7). Turnovers - Wa-Hi 30, Rich 6. Assists - Wa-Hi 10 (Anderson 3), Rich 6 (Pringle 3).

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