Irish girls win, boys fall at Christmas Classic

DeSales' girls rout Echo, while the boys stumble in a loss to the Cougars at Whitman College.

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WALLA WALLA - DeSales' girls and boys basketball teams were on opposite ends of one-sided scores against Echo during the opening session of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic that wrapped up Tuesday night at Whitman College's Sherwood Center.

The Irish girls blew the doors off of a competitive game with a 24-0, second-quarter blitz that resulted in a 42-12 halftime lead and coasted to a 64-23 rout while the boys managed just 18 points after a 16-point first quarter in a 58-34 setback.

The DeSales girls are now 4-2 on the season. The Irish boys slipped to 3-3.

DeSales girls 64, Echo 23

Guard Annie Higgins, who scored a game-high 18 points, helped stake the Irish to an 18-12 lead after one quarter with nine points - all of which came on a trio of 3-point baskets.

DeSales led despite 86-percent shooting by the Cougars, who made 6-of-7 shots from the field.

Guard Chantel Blanc was the only other DeSales player to hit double figures in the game. Each of her 11 points came in the second quarter on three buckets, a pair of which were treys, and three free throws.

Post Abby Crowley added five points in period two for the Irish.

Higgins drained two more 3s in the third quarter as DeSales upped its lead to a period-ending 36 points, 55-19. She ended up 6-of-14 from the floor. All but one attempt came from outside the arc.

Alex Buley came off the bench to lead the Irish in the final frame with four points.

In all, DeSales had 10 players break into the scoring column.

"I still believe winning basketball is played because you can pass the ball," DeSales coach Tim Duncan said. "When you're unselfish, you're going to be a better team."

Defensively, DeSales limited the Cougars to two field goals on 17 shots over the final three quarters and forced 33 turnovers, 22 in the first half.

"We were able to get out in passing lanes," Duncan said. "We're playing better fundamental defense. We're starting to play smarter and that's huge with this team."

Blanc, Claire Konen, and Ashlyn Lyons led the Irish with four rebounds apiece. The Irish outrebounded Echo, 34-30.

Kirsten McCallum led Echo, now 2-8 overall, with 11 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

Echo 58, DeSales boys 34

The Cougars improved to 9-1 on the strength of 19 points and nine rebounds from guard C.J. Flores.

DeSales brought a group of junior varsity players up for the game because of the absence of three regulars - two due to family outings and one because of an injury.

Echo made 50 percent of its field-goal attempts in the first quarter and led 24-16 after eight minutes. Flores led the Cougars with 10 points.

Reilly Roach led the Irish in the period with five points.

"I was surprised they tried to come out and run with us," Echo coach Ben Campbell said.

Echo achieved more separation in the second quarter with 46-percent shooting. Five different Cougars tallied one basket each as Echo pushed its advantage to 11, 36-25, by halftime.

The Cougars continued to prosper in the second half with nine field goals on 18 shots while holding the ice-cold Irish to a pair of made shots in 22 opportunities.

DeSales also hurt itself with 22 turnovers.

"Our guys got it figured out," Campbell said. "We forced some turnovers and got a lead. We've got some guys with quick feet. They'll try to jump (in the passing lanes). Sometimes it works out for us."

Two other Cougars joined Flores in double figures. Esau Ibarra had 11 points and Jeramy Cisneros chipped in with 10.

Travis Haen led the Irish with seven points. Roach and Garrett Leahy added five apiece.

"We're so much better than what we played," DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said. "I didn't have (the players) ready to go physically or mentally. There is little we can learn from this game. We had a slow start, a slow middle, and a slow finish."

DeSales girls 64, Echo 23

ECHO (23) - Souza 2-5 1-2 5, Tarvin 0-1 0-0 0, Ibarra 0-1 0-1 0, Ellingsen 1-6 0-0 2, Round 1-1 0-0 2, McCallum 3-7 5-6 11, Wagner 0-0 0-0 0, Marcum 1-4 0-0 2, McCarty 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 8-25 7-11 23.

DESALES (64) - Konen 2-6 0-0 5, Higgins 6-14 0-0 18, Buley 2-4 0-0 4, Conley 1-3 1-3 3, Lesko 0-3 0-0 0, Blanc 3-6 3-3 11, Wujek 1-2 0-0 2, Crowley 4-7 1-1 9, Zander 1-6 0-0 2, Lyons 2-4 0-1 4, Ferrel 2-9 0-0 6. Totals 24-64 5-8 64.

Echo 12 0 7 4 - 23

DeSales 18 24 13 9 - 64

3-point goals - Echo none, DeSales 11-37 (Higgins 6-13, Blanc 2-5, Ferrel 2-8, Konen 1-4, Lyons 0-1, Lesko 0-2, Zander 0-4). Total fouls - Echo 14, DeSales 17. Fouled out- Echo (Round). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Echo 30 (McCallum 8), DeSales 34 (Konen 4, Blanc 4, Lyons 4). Turnovers - Echo 33, DeSales 13.

Echo 58, DeSales boys 34

ECHO (58) - Moffit 4-8 0-0 8, Gutierrez 2-6 0-2 4, Ibarra 5-7 0-0 11, Cisneros 3-5 4-6 10, Enright 1-4 0-0 2, Flores 6-9 4-4 19, Swanger 1-5 0-0 2, Hughes 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-47 8-12 58.

DESALES (34) - Roach 2-5 1-3 5, Haen 3-12 1-2 7, LeConte 1-5 2-5 4, Wales 2-6 0-0 4, Leahy 1-3 3-6 5, Cox 2-6 0-0 4, Richman 1-2 0-0 3, Galloway 1-7 0-0 2, Duehn 0-2 0-0 0, Eskil 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 7-16 34.

Echo 24 12 10 12 - 58

DeSales 16 9 4 5 - 34

3-point goals - Echo 4-7 (Flores 3-5, Ibarra 1-1, Moffit 0-1), DeSales 1-13 (Richman 1-1, Roach 0-1, LeConte 0-1, Cox 0-3, Haen 0-7). Total fouls - Echo 13, DeSales 9. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Echo 41 (Flores 9), DeSales 31 (Wales 5). Turnovers - Echo 20, DeSales 22.

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