Waitsburg-Prescott girls roll as Bulldogs chill in fourth quarter

Dayton makes just one field goal in the final 7:18 of Friday's 54-46 defeat.

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DAYTON – A "ruff" fourth quarter from the field spelled doom for the Bulldogs here Friday in a Southeast B District Southern Division girls basketball game.

Waitsburg-Prescott used Dayton’s cold snap to open up a tight game and win going away 54-46.

The game was a back-and-forth affair until the fourth quarter — a series of small runs that saw neither team lead by more than three points.

Dayton post Katie Varney’s layup at 7:18 of the fourth quarter gave Dayton its last lead of the game, 44-42. After that, Dayton went ice cold from the floor, making just one more basket, while Waitsburg-Prescott’s 1-2 inside scoring punch of Amanda Weis and Genesis Pearson kept on rolling.

Weis finished the game with 22 points and eight boards. Pearson registered a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

"There were five or six possessions in the fourth quarter where we were not disciplined to do what we’re supposed to do," Dayton coach Scott Hudson said. "They (W-P) were able to make points out of that. We had that mental lapse for five or six possessions and that was the difference in the game."

"Give Dayton credit. They outplayed us. They outhustled us. They worked harder than we did," Waitsburg-Prescott coach Jerry Baker said. "We threw the ball away. We couldn’t make free throws the whole dang game. We’re fortunate we got the win."

W-P shot a poor 6-of-14 from the charity stripe. W-P also lost the turnover battle giving up the ball 29 times to Dayton’s 17.

"I chewed on them pretty good this week and stressed the importance of taking care of the ball, and they did," Hudson said. "We’ve had some really horrible games (in terms of turnovers).

"Now they’re starting to have that vision. They’re starting to see the court well, and see what they need to do with the ball instead of forcing it in and trying to make some ESPN highlight reel."

W-P held a near 2-to-1 rebounding advantage over the Bulldogs, 40-22.

"Rebounding was tremendously important. We were being a little bit lazy in the third quarter, and called a timeout there and discussed it a little bit," Baker said.

Prior to that timeout at 4:02 of the third, W-P had no rebounds in the second half. After that, W-P ripped down 16 boards and rarely gave Dayton a second look at the basket.

Posts Varney and Kayla Dedloff led the Bulldogs in scoring with 10 and 13 points, respectively.

W-P played at Asotin Friday while Dayton traveled to Tekoa-Oakesdale.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (54) — Weis 10 2-4 22, Withers 2 0-3 5, Carter 1 2-3 4, Pearson 7 0-1 14, Potter 1 1-2 3, Hafen 1 1-3 3, Harris 1 0-0 3, Stringham 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 6-14 54.

DAYTON (46) — Smith 3 0-0 6, Miller 2 0-0 5, Bickelhaupt 0 0-0 0, Lambert 2 0-0 4, Tate 0 0-0 0, Trump 0 0-0 0, Lockard 3 0-2 8, Varney 5 0-0 10, Dedloff 6 1-2 13. Totals 21 1-4 46.

Wait.-Prescott 11 17 12 14 — 54

Dayton 14 13 15 4 — 46

3-point goals — W-P (Withers, Harris), Dayton (Miller, Lockard 2). Total fouls — Dayton 20, W-P 11. Fouled out–none. Technical fouls – none. Rebounds–W-P 40 (Pearson 14), Dayton 22 (Dedloff 7). Turnovers – W-P 29, Dayton 17.

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