Knights girls fall behind early, can't catch Gar-Pal

WWVA's season comes to end with the 36-28 loss to the Vikings Monday night.

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GARFIELD - Walla Walla Valley Academy fell behind 18-6 early and couldn't quite overcome the deficit in a season-ending, 36-28, loss to Garfield-Palouse here Monday.

The loss ended the Knights' season at 4-14.

After a 12-point deficit in the first quarter, the Knights closed the gap to four points in the fourth quarter before they had to send Gar-Pal to the free-throw line.

Garfield-Palouse scored only one field goal in the second half, and all six of its points came from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Victoria Buell led the Knights with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Lacee Hendrickson led Gar-Pal with 17 points and eight rebounds.

"They were on fire in the first quarter," WWVA coach Monte Buell said. "They only missed one shot, and we didn't play bad defense.

"They made shots that were not open shots," he said. "And we picked up the defense in the second half and closed to within four points.

"Then, we had to lengthen the game by fouling them, and they hit the free throws," Buell said.

"I'm proud of the way the girls played, with a lot of heart," he said. "They never gave up, and they played that way all season, regardless of our record."

Buell will lose seven seniors from his squad to graduation.

WWVA (28) - Felice 0 0-0 0, K. Buell 0 0-0 0, Moore 3 3-4 9, V. Buell 3 3-4 10, Field 1 2-4 4, Will 0 0-0 0, Brewer 0 0-0 0, Patino 0 0-0 0, Schafer 2 0-0 5. Totals 9 8-12 28.

GAR-Pal (36) - Bofenkamp 0 0-2 0, Leendertsen 1 2-2 4, Adair 2 4-9 9, Li. Hendrickson 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Taylor 0 2-2 2, Woltering 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 0-0 0, La. Hendrickson 7 1-2 17. Totals 12 9-17 36.

WWVA 6 5 4 13 - 28

Gar-Pal 18 9 3 6 - 36

3-point goals - WWVA 2 (V. B uell, Schafer), G-P 3 (Adair, La. Hendrickson 2). Total fouls- WWVA 17, G-P 12. Fouled out- WWVA (V. Buell, Brewer), G-P (None). Technical fouls-None. Rebounds- WWVA 21 (V. Buel 8), G-P 27 (Woltering 8).

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