Kiona-Benton not kind to visiting DeSales girls

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BENTON CITY, Wash. - The Kiona-Benton Bears weren't kind to the DeSales Irish girls Monday night.

Ki-Be devoured the Irish, 59-48, with shooters Cierra Torp dropping in 26 points (including five 3-pointers) and Bailey Schroeder draining another 19 on the Irish.

Post Abby Crowley led the Irish with 22 points on the night.

DeSales coach Tim Duncan said turnovers proved to be the key statistic in the Monday-night loss, with DeSales committing 21 to Kiona-Benton's 12.

"We actually shot the ball pretty well," Duncan said. "We shot 41 percent which is actually pretty good for girls high school basketball. We just didn't get enough shots off because we turned the ball over too many times."

On the defensive side of the ball, the Irish were caught off guard by the speed and shooting ability of the Ki-Be guards.

"We didn't defend well enough on the perimeter," Duncan said. "We didn't play with enough discipline and their guards were very good and they knocked down open shots."

Duncan said the result was not due to a lack of effort, rather a lack of focus and the increased level of competition from Ki-Be.

"We were playing a better team - there wasn't a drop off in effort - we just weren't prepared mentally," he said. "We were trying to help (double team) when we didn't need to help and we didn't stay with their good shooters."

Those good shooters, Torp, Schroeder and Yesenia Torres (14 points), torched DeSales for all 59 of the Bears' points.

The Bears jumped out to a quick 19-8 lead in the first quarter and never allowed the Irish back into the game.

DeSales trailed 31-22 at the half and the Bears outscored the Irish 28-26 in the second half to complete the victory.

Duncan said the match was a good test for the Irish.

"(They were) just a better team and we're not used to the kind of pressure better teams can put on us right now, we haven't played enough of them," he said. "Along with Riverside Christian, this was a really good test for us; you just don't get away with some of the things that you get away with against some of the other teams. We have to make that adjustment and we didn't do that.

"We'll learn," Duncan said. "I believe we were better Monday than we were against RC - we're getting better, that's all part of it."

The Irish fall to 3-2 on the season and are still 2-0 in Southeast 2B league play.

The Irish next face Echo in the DeSales Christmas Tournament at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at Whitman College.

Kiona Benton 59, DeSales 48

DESALES (48) - Konen 0 0-2 0, Higgins 3 0-2 8, B. Lyons, B. 0 0-0 0, Blanc 1 2-2 5, Wujek 1 0-0 2, Leahy 2 2-6 6, Crowley 8 5-5 22, Zander 1 0-2 2, Lyons, A. 1 0-0 3, Ferrel 1 3-4 6. Totals 16-39 10-17 48.

KIONA-BENTON (59) - Henrick 0 0-1 0, Torres 5 3-4 14, Vickerman 0 0-0 0, Torp 8 5-8 26, Schroeder 6 5-5 19, Brown 0 0-2 0, Watts 0 0-0 0. Totals 19-47 13-20 59.

DeSales 8 14 11 15 - 48

Kiona-Benton 19 12 12 16 - 59

3-point goals - DeS 6 (Higgins 2, Blanc, Crowley, Ferrel, Lyons, A.), Ki-Be 8 (Torres, Torp 5, Schroeder 2). Total fouls - DeS 16, Ki-Be 17. Fouled out - DeS 1 (Blanc), Ki-Be none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - DeS 24 (Ferrel 5), Ki-Be 22 (Schoeder 5). Turnovers - DeS 21, Ki-Be 12. Assists - DeS 14 (Higgins 6), Ki-Be 11 (Schroeder 7).

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