DeSales girls win seventh in a row, clinch No. 2 spot seed into playoffs

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WALLA WALLA - DeSales jumped out fast on the way to a 58-35 girl's Southeast B South Division basketball victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy here Tuesday.

The win clinched the No. 2 seed into the district tournament for the 7-2 Irish. DeSales is now 15-4 on the season.

DeSales finishes the regular season at Dayton with a 6 p.m. start on Friday.

The Irish open district play next Wednesday by hosting Pomeroy at 6 p.m.

DeSales' Caitlin Duncan led all scorers with 24 points Tuesday. Jamie Majerus scored 10 points and led the Irish with 13 rebounds.

Erin Giusti and Annie Higgins chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Irish. Higgins also handed out five assists.

Victoria Buell led the Knights with 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

The Irish rolled to a 22-10 lead after one quarter and never trailed.

"We played well," DeSales coach Tim Duncan said. "We played particularly well on offense in the first half.

"And we were fairly consistent on defense the whole way," he continued. "This is our seventh win in row. We're playing pretty well now."

WALLA WALLA VALLEY ACADEMY (35) - E. Fields 1 0-0 2, Solis 0 0-00 0, K. Buell 0 0-1 0, Moore 0 2-2 2, Moore 0 2-2 2, V. Buell 6 5-10 18, L. Field 3 1-3 7, Will 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Brewer 0-0 2, Giles 0 0-0 0, Patino 0 0-0 0, Schafer 2 0-2 4, Nellie 0 0-0 0. totals 13-50 8-18 35.

DESALES (58) - Konen 0 0-0 0, Higgins 3 2-2 10, Acock 0 0-0 0, Duncan 8 5-7 24, Giusti 4 4-7 12, Blanc 0 0-0 0, Majerus 4 2-2 10, Hanson 0 0-2 0, Zander 0 0-0 0, Ferrel 1 0-0 2. Totals 20-51 12-18 50.

WWVA 10 9 6 10 - 35

DeSales 22 12 14 10 - 58

3-point goals - WWVA 1 (V. Buell), DeSales 5 (Higgins 2, Duncan 3). Total fouls- WWVA 16, DeSales 18. Fouled out- None. Technical fouls-None. Rebounds- WWVA 32 (V. Buell 15), DeSales 33 (Majerus 13). Turnovers- WWVA 16, DeSales 10. Assists- WWVA 4 (L. Field 2), DeSales 15 (Higgins 5).

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