Big fourth quarter lifts Pirate girls past WWVA

HayLee Koller scores 28 points and grabs 13 rebounds as Pomeroy outscores WWVA, 49-43.

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COLLEGE PLACE — HayLee Koller put up game-highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Pomeroy sank 6-of-10 free throws in the final 1:17 during a 49-43 victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy in a girls high school basketball game here Thursday night.

Koller made 10 of 17 shots from the field and tallied eight of her points in the fourth quarter when the Pirates outscored the Knights 19-11.

The Pirates’ triumph came on a night when athletes on both sides were slowed down by winter illnesses — including Pomeroy posts Melissa Bartlow and Kindsey Bott.

"If we didn’t have a game, they would have been at home in bed," Pomeroy coach Nettie Severs said.

Pomeroy claimed a pair of seven-point leads in the opening quarter — 8-2 on a Koller basket at the 4:16 mark and 10-3 with 2:27 left on a Sadie Slaybaugh lay-in — before ending the period with a six-point edge, 15-9.

WWVA tied the game at 15-15 when Kindra Moore converted one of two charity tosses with 5:26 to go in the second quarter.

But Koller buried a 3-point attempt from the left corner a minute and change later, and ended the half with her team’s last six points as the Pirates went to intermission with a three-point margin, 24-21.

The Knights took advantage of four trips to the free-throw line in the third quarter. They produced seven points in the short term and a 32-30 lead at the end of the frame. Victoria Buell sank 5-of-6 from the stripe for WWVA.

Buell gave the Knights their biggest lead of the night, 36-30, with a left-angle jumper one minute into the fourth quarter.

Koller ended a 10-2 run that put the Pirates in front, 40-38, by completing a three-point play on a short jumper and free throw with 4:07 to play.

"Haylee was the only one who played with the intensity that I expected," Severs said. "Her guts were what won the game for us.

"I’m glad we won, but I was disappointed that we didn’t play harder as a team," Severs said.

Buell, who led WWVA with 15 points, gave the Knights their final lead of the game, 41-40, with a right-wing 3 at the 3:37 mark.

"We had an opportunity to win," WWVA coach Monty Buell said. "We’re getting better every single game, but they just played better than (we did) in the last few minutes. Both teams laid it on the line."

The Pirates closed out the contest with a 9-2 spurt that tipped the scales in their favor.

Both teams return to the hardwood Saturday. Pomeroy hosts Garfield-Palouse and WWVA opposes Waitsburg-Prescott.

POMEROY (49) — Slaybaugh 2-7 0-0 4, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Hocking 0-0 0-0 0, Bartlow 2-4 1-4 5, Martin 2-15 4-6 8, Bott 0-3 0-0 0, Koller 10-17 6-11 28, Hyer 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 18-49 11-22 49.

WWVA (43) — K. Buell 0-3 0-0 0, Moore 2-12 5-8 9, V. Buell 3-9 7-10 15, Field 2-5 7-11 11, Will 0-0 0-0 0, Brewer 0-4 0-0 0, Patino 0-0 0-0 0, Schafer 4-9 0-1 8. Totals 11-42 19-30 43.

Pomeroy 15 9 6 19 — 49

WWVA 9 12 11 11 — 43

3-point goals — Pomeroy 2-6 (Koller 2-2, Slaybaugh 0-1, Martin 0-3), WWVA 2-8 (V. Buell 2-4, Moore 0-4). Total fouls—Pomeroy 19, WWVA 18. Fouled out—Pomeroy (Hyer), WWVA (V.Buell). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—Pomeroy 48 (Koller 13), WWVA 36 (Schafer 8). Turnovers—Pomeroy 21, WWVA 16.

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