WALLA WALLA - Amber Doremus has learned to cherish each and every victory in her two seasons as the girls head basketball coach at Weston-McEwen, and Wednesday afternoon at Sherwood Center on the Whitman College campus was one of those opportunities.
The TigerScots cut their turnovers in half from Wednesday's opening-round loss to Echo, Ore., at the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic.
They dominated the backboards to the tune of 67-40.
And, most importantly for Doremus, every TigerScot contributed in a 60-27 victory over Overlake.
"This was a good team game because everyone contributed," Doremus said. "Every player scored. And for one of our players, Katy West, it was her first varsity points."
It was the third victory of the season for the TigerScots, who took a 3-7 overall record into today's 3 p.m. game in the consolation bracket. A year ago, the TigerScots posted a 4-20 record in Doremus' first season at the helm.
"We just told the kids in the locker room that this is the way we should play all of the time," the coach said. "Now we have to take this momentum into tomorrow's game and play the way we are capable of playing."
Overlake, which saw its season record dip to 2-7, finishes up tournament play at 1 p.m. today against University Prep, one of the Owls' Emerald City League rivals in Seattle. University Prep lost to DeSales 49-18 in Wednesday's consolation play.
The Owls, who suffered a 72-10 loss to Columbia-Hunters in Tuesday's opening round, caught the TigerScots off guard at the outset and built a 9-4 lead at the 2:35 mark of the first quarter on the strength of five points from freshman Katie Hill and baskets by junior Caroline Spencer and Alex Golitz, another freshman.
However, freshman Molly von Borstel put back a rebound for a basket as the first-quarter buzzer sounded to push Weston-McEwen on top 13-11, and the TigerScots never trailed after that. Still, an Overlake squad that lists five freshmen and three sophomores on its 12-player varsity roster had already surpassed its previous day's point total.
Weston-McEwen began to take advantage of its size advantage in the second quarter, outrebounding Overlake 23-8 in the period and building a 33-20 halftime lead. Junior Jaymie Zimmerman led the way as she collared seven rebounds, four of which came at the offensive end and were turned into layins. She scored nine points in the quarter and junior guard Morgan Entze added six points.
More of the same in the final two quarters, coupled with 19 Overlake turnovers, turned the game into a rout.
Entze led the way for Weston-McEwen with 16 points and Zimmerman finished with 14. Hill scored nine points to lead the Owls.
Zimmerman also led the TigerScots with 15 rebounds, but she had plenty of help. Entze pulled down 11 missed shots, von Borstel claimed 10 and senior leader Tiffany Cain collected eight.
Spencer and freshman Lauren Bazley finished with six boards each to lead Overlake.
Weston-McEwen's defense also forced the Owls into 31 turnovers while at the same time the TigerScots' offense lost the ball 18 times. The TigerScots were guilty of 36 turnovers in Tuesday's tournament opener.
W-M 60, Overlake 27
OVERLAKE (27) - Bazley 2-4 1-1 5, Scilley 1-14 1-2 3, Gold 1-9 0-0 2, Golitz 1-1 0-0 2, Sun 0-2 0-0 0, Hill 5-15 1-2 9, Paterra 0-0 0-1 0, Kettle 1-1 0-0 2, Spencer 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 12-48 3-7 27.
WESTON-MCEWEN (60) - Thompson 0-5 1-2 1, Coffman 0-0 1-2 1, Christopher 2-5 0-0 4, Rudolph 1-6 2-2 4, Entze 8-160-1 16, Cain 2-15 2-4 7, von Borstel 2-4 2-4 6, West 1-3 1-4 3, Youncs 1-9 2-4 4, Zimmerman 5-13 4-6 14. Totals 22-76 15-28 60.
Overlake 11 9 2 5 - 27
Weston-McEwen 13 20 15 12 - 60
3-point goals - W-M (Cain). Total fouls - Overlake 19, W-M 14. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-M 67 (Zimmerman 15), Overlake 40 (Bazley 6, Spencer 6). Turnovers - Overlake 31, W-M 18.