Waitsburg-Prescott boys best rival Dayton in defensive struggle

An 11-0 W-P run late in the first quarter turns a pillow fight into a dogfight and a 48-29 victory for the visitors.

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DAYTON — Five-and-a-half minutes in with the score stalled at 3-2, this basketball game between fierce Touchet Valley rivals Dayton and Waitsburg-Prescott felt more like a pillow fight than a dogfight.

Then W-P used an 11-0 run over the next 3:49 to climb into the catbird’s seat and claim a defensive Southeast B District Southern Division boys basketball struggle from Dayton, 48-29, here Friday night.

"Stopping (Garrett) Turner was key to our game," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. "If they get him rolling, they can hang with anybody in this league. We played our zone almost like a rotating box-and-one, with everybody calling out where Turner was at. We didn’t want him to get open looks. We didn’t want him to penetrate."

Waitsburg-Prescott succeeded.

Turner, who put up 29 points in an overtime victory last week against Asotin, was held to just five points for the game.

Dayton’s defense was also impressive, as the undersized Bulldogs limited W-P’s high scoring duo of 6-foot-5 big men — Ben Kiefel and Chance McDaniel — to nine and five points, respectively.

"They tried to front (our big men) and have a guy over the top," Scott said. "You’ve got to make a real good pass to get it inside and we didn’t very often. They play good man defense despite our height advantage. They pack it in, and don’t let us have those easy ones. They let us take 3s all day, and I don’t think we hit one."

"We did a better job defending their big guys in the second half, but I thought we would have blocked out and rebounded better since we were packed inside on defense. It didn’t turn out that way," Dayton coach Roy Ramirez said. "We didn’t shoot well and we didn’t block out well, and that (the backboards) is where they beat us."

W-P outrebounded the Bulldogs 45-18.

"We’re big inside," Scott said. "And our forwards and guards get involved on the boards, too. I just wish we’d have made more of our second-chance points tonight."

Only one player scored in double figures for either team — W-P guard Wyatt Withers, who had 10.

Colton Bickelhaupt led the Bulldog scoring with seven.

W-P’s Chris Cady topped all rebounders with eight. Joey Schlachter was high board man for Dayton with seven.

W-P improved to 9-1, 3-1 in league, heading into Saturday’s matchup at Asotin.

Dayton dropped to 2-9 and 0-6. Saturday, the Bulldogs journeyed to Tekoa to face Tekoa-Oakesdale.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (48) — Hernandez 3 0-0 6, Cady 1 0-0 2, Zuger 0 0-0 0, Withers 5 0-0 10, Bartlow 3 0-1 6, Gerke 1 0-0 2, Wooderchak 2 2-2 6, Alexenko 3 2-2 8, Kiefel 3 3-3 9, Lehr 0 0-0 0, McDaniel 2 1-3 5, Tiburcio 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 8-11 48.

DAYTON (29) — Frame 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 3-4 3, Norris 1 0-1 2, Bickelhaupt 2 2-8 7, Schlachter 1 0-0 2, Henderson 1 0-0 2, Fullerton 1 1-2 4, Turner 1 3-4 5, Groom 0 0-0 0, Sunderland 2 0-0 4. Totals 9 9-19 29.

Wait.-Prescott 11 17 8 12 — 48

Dayton 3 10 6 10 — 29

3-point goals — Dayton (Bickelhaupt, Fullerton). Total fouls — W-P 15, Dayton 13. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none. Rebounds – W-P 45 (Cady 8), Dayton 18 (Schlachter 7). Turnovers – Dayton 18, W-P 14.

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