Waitsburg-Prescott boys' offense falters in loss to Knights

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. - The Waitsburg-Prescott boys fell to Sunnyside Christian Wednesday night after scoring only three points in the first quarter and falling behind 22-9 at the half. W-P recovered in the second half, actually outscoring the Knights 27-24, but it wasn't enough as Sunnyside took a 46-36 victory from W-P.

W-P coach T.J. Scott struggled to explain the lack of offense in the first half.

"It was a challenging first half for us," Scott said. "We did some good things against their matchup zone, we just couldn't hit shots. We good some good things on defense, we held them to just 22 points (in the first half), we moved the ball well and got some open looks; but it was a nightmare trying to hit shots. It's hard to explain, it really is."

W-P's first basket came when Dustin Wooderchak nailed a 3-pointer 30 seconds in, but it was the last of the quarter.

"(It was) just kind of one of those nights, I don't really know how to explain it," Scott said. "We weren't sluggish - we outworked them on the defensive end, the effort was there - it was purely that we did not make shots. It's just really hard to put words to it."

W-P cut the Knights' lead to five with three minutes left in the fourth, but W-P had another dry spell and could not find the basket.

"It's hard to explain, I guess I'll go watch film and head back to the drawing board so we can get better," Scott said. "Down the stretch we just didn hit them."

Forward Zach Bartlow led W-P with 16 points on the night.

The loss drops W-P to 3-4 on the season.

W-P hosts Riverside Christian of Boardman, Ore., Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Sunnyside Christian 46, W-P 36

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (36) - Estes, Dalton 0 2-2 2, Brown 3 0-0 6, Lanning 0 1-2 1, Zuger 1 0-0 2, Bartlow 7 2-3 16, Wooderchak 3 0-0 9, Eastman 0 0-0 0, Estes, Eshom 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 5-7 36.

SUNNYSIDE CHRISTIAN (46) - Wagonnar 6 6-6 19, Putebaugh 0 0-1 0, Hoke 1 2-3 5, Browner 2 1-5 5, Boersma 7 1-2 17. Totals 16 10-17 46.

Waitsburg-Prescott 3 6 13 14 - 36

Sunnyside Christian 12 10 14 10 - 46

3-point goals - W-P 3 (Wooderchak 3), Sun 3 (Boersma 2, Wagonnar). Total fouls - W-P 16, Sun 9 Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-P 28 (Bartlow 12), Sun 36. Turnovers - W-P 7, Sun 10. Assists - W-P 8 (Bartlow 3, Wooderchak 3), Sun 10.

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