Devils overcome slow start, beat Southridge

Wa-Hi improves to 3-2 after splitting with Hanford and Southridge.

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Southridge's Spencer Vorheis (left, blue) and Wa-Hi's Josh Eggers (No. 2) going after a loose ball during Wa-Hi's narrow, 44-41, victory over Southridge Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's boys basketball team divided a pair of games against Big Nine Conference 3A opponents over the weekend.

The Blue Devils slipped past Southridge, 44-41, on Saturday night in the Wa-Hi gym after losing at Hanford, 63-39, on Friday night.

Wa-Hi is now 3-2 on the young season.

The Blue Devils dug themselves an early hole on Friday.

"We were down 12-zip, then came back," said Wa-Hi coach John Golden, whose team trailed 14-10 after one quarter. "We couldn't recover. We threw the ball away way too much. It was a tough one from the beginning."

Saturday's contest was a different story, according to Golden.

"We defended real well and regrouped," Golden said. "We bounced back. We knew we were not as bad as we showed (Friday) night. I was proud of the way they came out. We had energy and took care of the ball better (10 turnovers compared with 23 on Friday night).

Rob Ferenz scored in the low post with 14 seconds left to give Wa-Hi a 42-39 lead.

After a Southridge basket, the Blue Devils' Josh Eggers was fouled with three seconds on the clock and converted both ends of a one-and-one for the final margin of victory.

A last-second Falcons' heave from mid-court came up just short as time expired.

Kyle Jameson received kudos from Golden for his six-point effort in the fourth quarter that gave Wa-Hi a much-needed boost.

Nick Peasley hit double figures in both games for the Blue Devils. He tallied 10 points on Saturday after a 12-point performance on Friday.

Wa-Hi continues non-league play on Tuesday when it hosts Pendleton.

Hanford 63, Wa-Hi 39

WA-HI (39) - Eggers 1-6 0-0 2, Parnicky 0-1 0-0 0, Porter 3-7 1-2 8, Locati 2-6 0-0 4, Peasley 4-10 2-2 12, Lesmeister 0-0 0-0 0, Arias 3-5 0-0 6, Jameson 2-5 1-2 5, Cranor 1-2 0-0 2, Ferenz 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 16-46 4-6 39.

HANFORD (63) - Jones 4-5 0-0 8, Braich 2-9 0-0 4, Sutey 0-0 0-0 0, DeVine 3-4 3-5 9, Serkowski 5-9 2-3 14, Watson 0-3 0-0 0, Douglas 7-13 6-9 20, Dobken 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 25-48 11-17 63.

Wa-Hi 10 3 6 20 - 39

Hanford 14 10 25 14 - 63

3-point goals - Wa-Hi 3-15 (Peasley 2-6, Porter 1-3, Eggers 0-1, Parnicky 0-1, Arias 0-1, Locati 0-3), Hanford 2-12 (Serkowski 2-6, Braich 0-4, Watson 0-2). Total fouls - Wa-Hi 12, Hanford 7. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Wa-Hi 27 (Arias 6), Hanford 32 (Douglas 11). Turnovers - Wa-Hi 23, Hanford 12. Assists - Wa-Hi 12 (Eggers 5), Hanford 9 (Serkowski 4).

Wa-Hi 44, Southridge 41

SOUTHRIDGE (41) - Mazzei 0-1 1-2 1, Vorheis 3-6 0-0 6, Willard 0-2 0-0 0, Molt 1-6 0-0 2, Hayes 0-2 0-0 0, Scott 2-8 8-10 12, Harberling 5-10 0-0 11, Wyborne 1-8 2-3 5, Titus 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 14-46 11-16 41.

WA-HI (44) - Eggers 3-9 2-2 8, Parnicky 0-0 0-0 0, Porter 2-4 0-0 4, Locati 1-4 0-1 3, Peasley 4-11 0-0 10, Lesmeister 0-1 0-0 0, Arias 1-3 2-2 4, Jameson 3-4 0-1 6, Cranor 1-2 1-4 3, Ferenz 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 18-44 5-10 44.

Southridge 10 12 9 10 - 41

Wa-Hi 12 8 12 12 - 44

3-point goals - Southridge 2-12 (Harberling 1-1, Wyborne 1-4, Mazzei 0-1, Vorheis 0-1, Willard 0-1, Molt 0-1, Scott 0-1, Hayes 0-2), Wa-Hi 3-9 (Peasley 2-5, Locati 1-2, Porter 0-1, Arias 0-1). Total fouls - Southridge 12, Wa-Hi 16. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Southridge 36 (Vorheis 9), Wa-Hi 29 (Locati 5, Ferenz 5). Turnovers - Southridge 7, Wa-Hi 10. Assists - Southridge 2 (Vorheis 1, Harberling 1), Wa-Hi 11 (Eggers 5).

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