DeSales hands Tri-Cities Prep, Liberty Christian pair of losses

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WALLA WALLA - The DeSales Irish ran away with a pair of Southeast 2B girls basketball victories this weekend, first defeating visiting Tri-Cities Prep, 61-36, Friday night, then steam rolling Liberty Christian, 62-19, Saturday night.

On Saturday night, the Irish were cruising in overdrive while L-C was stuck in reverse. DeSales opened the game on a 32-6, half-long run.

"L-C is down and very, very young," DeSales coach Tim Duncan said. "We just took advantage of their inexperience, our kids made some easy shot and offensively we had a good night."

The upside for DeSales was added experience for the Irish bench.

"We played our younger kids," Duncan said. "We played a couple freshmen (Molli Lesko and Hannah Leahy) for us quite a bit. We got to see a lot of kids both games and that was good."

Post Abby Crowley led the Irish with 15 points in the win.

"She (Crowley) had a good night," Duncan said. "She got some good shots, she had some easy shots and she converted, that really got us started in the second quarter."

On Friday night, the Irish faced a stiffer test in T-C Prep, but pulled away with a 37-20 second-half performance.

"We wore them out in the first half, and that's partially what led to the big second half," Duncan said. "Friday night, we shot the ball better than we had. We shot a little bit closer to our potential. We shot a little over 33 percent and that's pretty decent."

The Irish shot nearly 50 percent (24-52) Friday night

DeSales is now 3-1 and 2-0 in the SE2B. The Irish travel to Kiona-Benton Monday at 6 p.m.

DeSales 61, Tri-Cities Prep 36

Tri-Cities Prep (36) - Quevas 1 1-2 3, Armijo 3 2-3 8, Barnett 0 4-4 4, Ledesma 0 0-0 0, Vargas 1 0-0 3, LeBrun 5 6-10 18, Totals 10-38 13-19 36.

DeSales (61) - Konen 5 0-0 11, Higgins 3 2-4 10, Lyons 1 0-0 3, Conley 0 0-2 0, Blanc 2 0-0 6, Wujek 2 1-4 5, Crowley 2 1-2 5, Zander 2 0-1 4, Lyons 1 0-0 2, Ferrel 5 0-0 13, Lesko 1 0-1 2, Leahy 0 0-0 0, 24-52 4-14 61.

T-C Prep 5 11 5 15 - 36

DeSales 6 18 12 25 - x

3-point goals - T-C 3 (Vargas, LeBrun 2), DeS 9 (Konen, Higgins, Lyons, B. Blanc 2, Ferrel 3). Total fouls - T-C 18, DeS 19. Fouled out - T-C 1 (Ledesma), DeS none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - T-C 23 (LeBrun 6), DeS 30 (Wujek 8). Turnovers - T-C 23, DeS 18. Assists - T-C 5 (Barnett 2), DeS 19 (Higgins 5, Lesko 5).

DeSales 62, Liberty Christian 19

Liberty Christian (19) - Lorea 1 0-0 3, Croskrey, S. 1 1-5 3, Croskrey, D. 2 0-0 6, Moore 2 2-6 7, Williams 0 0-1 0, Schmitt 0 0-0 0, Simunds 0 0-0 0, Hadley 0 0-0 0, Totals 6-29 3-12 19.

DeSales (62) - Konen 0 0-0 0, Higgins 3 0-0 8, B. Lyons 0 0-0 0, Conley 1 0-0 2, Lesko 4 0-0 8, Blanc 1 0-0 3, Wujek 1 1-1 3, Leahy 2 2-6 6, Abby Crowley 7 1-2 15, Zander 3 1-3 8, Lyons a. 2 0-0 4, Ferrel 2 0-0 5, Totals 26-58 5-12 62.

Liberty Christian 2 4 10 3 - 19

DeSales 11 21 13 17 - 62

3-point goals - L-C 4 (Lorea D. Krokey 2, Moore), DeS 5 (Higgins 2, Blanc, Zander, Ferrel). Total fouls - L-C 8, DeS 14. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - L-C 13 (Simunds 4), DeS 39 (Leahy 7). Turnovers - L-C 28, DeS 18. Assists - L-C 4(Moore 4), DeS 20 (Lyons B. 5).

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