DeSales girls basketball victorious over Tekoa-Oakesdale Saturday night, 44-27

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TEKOA, Wash. - Erin Giusti led the Desales girls basketball team with 12 points and nine boards in a Southeast B District victory, 44-27, over Tekoa-Oakesdale here Saturday night.

"Giusti has scored in double figures the last five or six games," Irish coach Tim Duncan said. "She has been playing real well offensively."

Stephanie Ferrel hit two 3-pointers on the night and finished with eight points.

Caitlin Duncan had a down night with only seven points.

"Every zone has been shifting over to cover Caitlin," Duncan said. "So tonight Giusti and Ferrel had good nights when they got open looks at the hoop.

"The zone didn't shift around quick enough to cover them well."

T-O was unable to score in double figures in any of the four quarters.

"I thought we played well defensively," Duncan said. "We played our best full court pressure defense of the year."

The Irish are 14-4 overall and second in conference. DeSales needs to win one of two more games this week to secure the second seed. Second place in 2B would host the first round of the playoffs next week.

DESALES (44) - Konen 1 0-0 3, Higgins 1 2-2 5, Aycock 1 0-0 3, Duncan 1 5-8 7, Giusti 4 3-5 12, Blanc 0 0-0 0, Majerus 2 2-2 6, Hanson 0 0-0 0, Zander 0 0-0 0, Ferrel 3 0-0 8. Totals 13 12-17 44.

TEKOA-OAKESDALE (27) - Perry 0 0-0 0, Pakootas 0 0-0 0, Graffis 1 0-1 2, Chappell 2 2-6 6, Groom 1 0-0 2, C. Neill 0 0-0 0, Overton 6 2-3 15, M. Neill 0 2-2 2. Totals 10 6-12 27.

DeSales 17 14 8 5 - 44

Tekoa-Oakesdale 6 6 8 7 - 27

3-point goals - DeSales 6 (Ferrel 2, Higgins, Konen, Giusti, Aycock) T-O (Overton). Total fouls - T-O 18, DeSales 14. Fouled out - T-O (Pakootas). Technical fouls - none.

Rebounds - Desales 33 (Giusti 9), T-O 32 (Chappell 7). Turnovers - T-O 24, DeSales 22. Assists - DeSales 12 (Higgins 4), T-O 7 (Groom 2).

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