MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi jumped to a 6-2 lead following a Will Hadden bucket with 5:30 left in the opening quarter in non-conference boys basketball action here Tuesday.
Waitsburg-Prescott responded with a 32-4 run capped by two Guilermo Hernandez free throws with 1:02 left in the half.
Mac-Hi's Jesse Field hit a bucket, but W-P went to intermission up 34-12.
The Pioneers never recovered as W-P went on to post a 59-23 win.
"We've been having this problem where we are really slow out of the gate," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. "We have a hard time getting into the flow of the offense. Then towards the end of the first quarter, we get rolling."
The W-P defense sparked the 32-6 run to close out the half. W-P forced 13 Pioneer turnovers after trailing 6-2. On the offensive side, T.J. Hofer hit all four of his second-quarter shots, and W-P hit 7-of-13 in the second on the way to a 20-4 second-period advantage and the 34-12 lead at the half.
The Field bucket and two Ricky Angel free throws was the second-quarter offense for the Pioneers.
"We'll chalk that (the first-half run) up to growing pains," Pioneer coach Sean Oliver said. "Some things didn't go our way and we need to learn how to deal with adversity. Guys were hanging their heads and just lost focus. Right off the bat, we were playing good basketball, and then it turned south. We couldn't get it back from there."
Zach Bartlow scored eight of his game-high 12 points in the third period as W-P edged the lead up to 46-21.
Angel, who led the Pioneers with 10 on the night, scored six in the third, but Mac-Hi had no answer for the ball-hawking W-P defense. Kris Cady grabbed two of his six steals in the third, and W-P forced six Pioneer turnovers to take a 25-point lead to the fourth.
"We were really aggressive on the defensive end," Scott said. "That led to most of our offensive points. We had a lot of steals and a lot of fast-break points. On offense, we got on the offensive boards and got a lot of putbacks."
Angel grabbed a team-leading seven boards to go with his 10 points for Mac-Hi. Hadden chipped in five points. Mac-Hi travels to the Heppner Tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We'll get back to the drawing board and try to work this out before we get into league," Oliver said of the loss. "In hard losses like this, it can either tear a team apart or bring them together. I know these guys and it'll bring them together."
Bartlow's 12 led a balanced W-P scoring attack as Cady chipped in 11, Hofer added 10, and Matt Hamilton scored seven and grabbed seven boards. W-P plays in the Helix tournament next Wednesday and Thursday.
"That was our best effort of the year," Scott said. "That (Mac-Hi) is a pretty good basketball team and we turned up the defensive pressure and caused them a lot of problems. We're looking forward to moving on."
W-P 59, Mac-Hi 23
W-P - Estes 1-1 0-0 3, Hofer 5-8 0-0 10, Cady 4-9 3-4 11, Zuger 2-4 0-0 4, Hernandez 2-4 2-2 6, Bartlow 6-14 0-0 12, Wooderchak 1-5 0-0 3, Beasley 0-1 3-4 3, Hamilton 3-9 1-2 7. Totals 24-55 9-12 59.
MAC-HI - Ortiz 0-2 0-0 0, Sandoval 1-3 0-0 2, Field 1-7 0-0 2, Ortiz 0-1 0-0 0, Corona 1-3 0-0 2, Richwine 1-7 0-0 2, Angel 4-12 2-2 10, Hadden 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 10-39 3-4 23.
W-P 14 20 12 13 - 59
Mac-Hi 8 4 9 2 - 23
3-point goals - W-P 2-6 (Bartlow 0-1, Wooderchak 1-4, Estes 1-1), Mac 0-10 (Sandoval 0-2, Angel 0-8). Total Fouls - W-P 6, Mac 11. Fouled out - Mac (Ortiz). Technicals - none. Rebounds - W-P 37 (Cady 7, Hamilton 7), Mac 28 (Angel 7). Turnovers - W-P 12, Mac 24. Assists - W-P 13 (Cady 5), Mac 4 (Hadden 2).