Wa-Hi relies on offense for a 76-56 win over Kennewick

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Wa-Hi's Michael Weisner (24) sinks two free throws after a technical foul was called against Kennewick's Bryce Leavitt (5) during the second-half of the Blue Devils' victory over the Lions. Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi) boy's basketball district playoff game against Kennewick Saturday, February 13, 2010.

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Wa-Hi's Ryan James (32) sends up a put-back after pulling down an offensive rebound during the Blue Devils' game against the Kennewick Lions. Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi) boy's basketball district playoff game against Kennewick Saturday, February 13, 2010.

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Michael Weisner (24), the big-man down low, sinks two of his 24-points during the Blue Devils' game against the Kennewick Lions Saturday, February 13, 2010.

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A wide open Jake Aguiar (12) drains a three-point shot as Kennewick's Reggie Clinton (21) attempts to close on the ball. Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi) boy's basketball district playoff game against Kennewick Saturday, February 13, 2010.

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The Blue Devil cheerleaders and student section wave their spirit fingers during Wa-Hi free throws. Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi) boy's basketball district playoff game against Kennewick Saturday, February 13, 2010.

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Wa-Hi's Morgan Maddess (30) seeks a teammate to pass the ball to during the Blue Devils' victory over the Kennewick Lions Saturday night. Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi) boy's basketball district playoff game against Kennewick Saturday, February 13, 2010.

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Wa-Hi's Gary Winston (10) is fouled as he drives past Kennewick's Stetson Plew (11) for a layup and one. Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi) boy's basketball district playoff game against Kennewick Saturday, February 13, 2010.

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Wa-Hi's Colton Arias (22) soars above Kennewick's Luiz Santiago (12) en-route to a layup Saturday evening. Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi) boy's basketball district playoff game against Kennewick Saturday, February 13, 2010.

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Walla Walla High School's Brandon Porter (20) is fouled on both arms by Kennewick's Travis Karr (24) during the first-half of the Blue Devils' victory over the Lions in the first round of the district playoffs.

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Wa-Hi's Seth Alden (34) makes himself too big for Kennewick's Bryce Leavitt (5) to find an open teammate Saturday night. Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi) boy's basketball district playoff game against Kennewick Saturday, February 13, 2010.

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi, one of the top defensive teams in the Big Nine Conference, relied mainly on its high-powered offense for a 76-56 district playoff victory over Kennewick here Saturday.

The Blue Devils, now 18-3 on the season, play Kamiakin at the Wa-Hi gym with a 7 p.m. start on Tuesday.

Kamiakin, 17-4, defeated Southridge Saturday to advance to Tuesday's meeting.

The teams split their regular-season matchups. Kamikin won 62-58 in Kennewick, and Wa-Hi won 77-75 in double overtime at Wa-Hi.

Kennewick, now 4-17, started fast and finished the first quarter with a 16-14 lead.

Wa-Hi roared back with a 23-11 surge in the second quarter to lead 37-27 at halftime.

Wa-Hi led by 26 points, 76-50, with 1:55 to play and the Lions scored the game's final six points.

Gary Winston and Michael Weisner led Wa-Hi with 24 points each, and Colton Arias scored 12.

Ryan James chipped in eight points and grabbed a game-high six rebounds.

Trent Brown, with an 8.8 scoring average on the season, led the Lions with 24 points. Bryce Levitt, with a 5.4-point average, scored 12.

"It's the playoffs, so it's a different game," Weisner said. "Kennewick came out strong, but I think we responded well after the slow start.

"That's one down, and hopefully we're ready to go," he continued. "We're taking everything one game at a time right now.

"Definitely we need to come with a better game on Tuesday," he added. "Kamiakin has been tough every time we've played them."

Wa-Hi led the rebounding battle with the Lions, 31-20, and connected on 25-of-47 shots from the floor to 17-for-43 for Kennewick.

Each team had 14 turnovers, but the Blue Devils had only four in the second half.

"We shot the ball well," Wa-Hi coach John Golden said. "And we cut down on the turnovers in the second half.

"We slso came out and defended a little better in the second half," he said. "It wasn't a great defensive effort on our part. But give Kennewick a lot of credit. They played hard.

"Our guys stayed focused offensively, and we were fine there," Golden said. "It's just that defensively, we needed to shore a few things up.

"But this is step one of a long process, and I was proud of the guys," Golden said. "They performed like they've got something on the line.

"It wasn't the best start that we've had, but overall we did what we needed to do," he added. "We'll face Kamiakin on Tuesday, and that will be a biggie.

"They'll come in here ready to go, and our guys will be ready," Golden said. "These guys have been through the battles, and they're seniors.

"This time of the year is the best part, and we get to play them at home.

"So, we're excited."

KENNEWICK (56) - Levitt 4-7 4-4 12, Brown 8-12 3-3 24, Plew 0-0 0-0 0, Domach 0-3 1-2 1, Sordahl 0-0 2-2 2, Clinton 0-3 0-0 0, Loftus 1-3 0-0 2- Karr 2-2 2-4 4, McKenzie 0-0 2-2 2, Ramos 1-2 3-4 5, Westermeyer 0-1 0-0, Santiago 2-2 0-01 4. Totals 17-43 17-22 56.

WA-HI (76) - Winston 7-15 99-10 24, Aguiar 1-3 0-0 2, Crawford 0-1 0-0 0, Porter 1-2 0-0 2, Arias 4-5 4-5 12, Weisner 8-12 5-6 24, Maddess 0-0 0-0 0, James 3-6 1-2 8, Alden 0-1 0-0 0, Ceron 0-1 0-0 0, Watson 1-1 1-2 3, Sumerlin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-47 20-25 76.

Kennewick 16 11 13 16 - 56

Wa-Hi 14 23 20 19 - 76

3-point goals - Kennewick 5-20 (Levitt 0-1, Brown 5-15, Dimach 0-2, Ramos 0-1, Westermeyer 0-1), Wa-Hi 6-16 (winston 1-4, Aguiar 1-3, Crawford 0-1, Weisner 3-5, James 1-1, Alden 0-1, Ceron 0-1). Total fouls- Kennewick 17, Wa-Hi 15. Fouled out- None. Technical fouls- Wa-Hi (None), Kennewick Levitt). Rebounds- Kennewick 20 (Levitt 4), Wa-Hi 31 (James 6). Turnovers- Kennewick 14, Wa-Hi 14. Assists- Kennewick 2 (Levitt 2), Wa-Hi 12 (Arias 3, Weisner 3). Steals - Kennewick 5 (Levitt 2, Brown 2), Wa-Hi 7 (Winston 3).

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