WALLA WALLA - The Weston McEwen girls outrebounded Liberty Christian 50-19 - with 27 offensive boards - to win 59-50 Tuesday night at the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic hosted by Whitman College.
And the TigerScot boys kicked off the Classic in grand style, winning over the Liberty Christian Patriots, 65-54.
The boys' win improves the TigerScots to 6-2, and they play again today at 3 p.m. at Whitman on the main gym against Valley Christian in the winners' bracket.
On the girls side, W-M face Valley Christian today at 5 p.m. in the main gym in the winners' bracket.
W-M girls 59, Liberty Christian 50
The TigerScots used their 27 offensive boards to score 27 second-chance points off a smaller, undermanned team in the Patriots. Liberty had just six players total, all 5-feet, 7-inches or under.
"Liberty Christian did really well with six girls," W-M coach Amber Doremus said. "That is tough. So good for them. They also shoot really well, so they don't need to rebound as well. Although I think they would have liked to have had more rebounds in the game."
All of the W-M rebounds weren't just by chance and size advantage, however.
"We've talked about knowing when your teammates are going to shoot," Doremus said, "and then positioning yourself for a rebound. That is part of paying attention to the whole system. Our team is getting better at that."
The TigerScots had six players with at least five or more points in the game.
"It is more normal for us to have three or four girls with about the same amount of points, in the eight-to-10-point range than really big scorers," Doremus said.
Weston-McEwen's leading scorer was sophomore post Liliana Ponce with 10 points, six boards and three blocks.
Taylor Rudolph added nine points and five rebounds. Morgan Entze had 10 boards and eight points. Taryn Coffman had a game-high four assists from her point guard position.
W-M had just 15 turnovers and seven steals in the game, one fewer turnover than the Patriots.
"On the games that we win, we get only about 15 turnovers," Doremus said. "And the games we lose, it is about twice that many. The press worked pretty good against them, we forced 16 turnovers. That was about as many as we gave up."
In first the seven minutes of the game, W-M forced nine Patriot turnovers and built a lead of 18-7. The TigerScots were led in scoring during that time span by Ponce with four points and Rudolph with three. Seven different TigerScots scored over the run.
At halftime, the Patriots had crawled back into the game to trail 34-24.
Over the course of the game, the Patriots' Deborah Croskrey had a game-high 28 points along with five boards and three assists.
Jayven Moore added nine points and Sarah Croskey had eight.
W-M outscored the Patriots 17-7 in the third quarter to build a 20-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Doremus then rested many of her starters and brought in the bench in the fourth quarter. The Patriots outscored W-M 19-to-8 in the fourth.
All 12 of the W-M varsity players got significant minutes in the game, and nine of them scored.
W-M boys 65, Liberty Christian 54
The TigerScots' small forward Dallas Reich led all scorers with 30 points. He hit four from downtown, dished out a game-high five assists and collected eight rebounds.
"It was a fun game for me," Reich said. "I had my first dunk in a game and I was 4-of-7 from 3-pointers."
Power forward Riley Sederburg added 16 points and eight boards.
Center Ron Terjeson blocked six shots. He also had a double-double in points and rebounds with 10 apiece.
"It is easier to get the rebounds when you're the tallest kid out there," Terjeson said of his game-high 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. "I also try to get as many blocked shots as possible. It helps out and keeps the other team's guys from driving the lane too easily."
The frontcourt of the TigerScots impressed W-M coach Brian Pickard, but he urged for even more balanced scoring.
"All three of our big guys should have 15-20 points a night," Pickard said. "We get other guys pitching in five to 10 points and that makes us hard to defend."
Starting point guard Elliot Salter had four assists, two steals and four points. Shooting guard Zane Chapman hit from long distance and finished with five points.
"We did well offensively. I still think we didn't take advantage of our height as we could have," Pickard said. "Anybody we play - when we have two 6-3 kids and a 6-5 center - we should have a height advantage. We need to look to get the ball inside even more and run the offense.
"We played well, but could still be a little more patient, a little more disciplined moving the ball and getting it inside for good open looks on the block."
Pickard complimented Liberty Christian.
"They (LC) were quick and hit some outside shots," he said. "That caused us some problems. But we used our size to beat them."
As a team, LC hit three from long range and a team-high 17 points from Brandon Peterson. The Patriots never seemed to be too far out of the game.
Liberty Christian got out to a 7-4 lead early in the first quarter on two buckets by Timmy Koglin and a 3-pointer from Mike Olson. It is then at the five minute mark that W-M started to make its move.
Sederburg hit a jumper, Reich stole a pass in the front court and took it to the hoop to make the score 8-7, TigerScots.
The Patriots fought back with a shot from long range from by Peterson to make the score 10-8, LC, at the 3:30 mark of the first quarter.
Sederburg fed Reich inside for the easy 2, Reich set up Terjeson for 2 on the block and Reich nailed a shot from downtown. The score was then 15-10, TigerScots, with two minutes remaining in the first stanza.
Terjeson hit Reich on the block for a turn-around jumper banked off the glass and one with the foul. Reich completed the three-point play with the free throw and it was 18-10.
The Patriots responded with a bomb from 3-point land by Olson and a mid-range jumper by Jared Hoey. The steal by Reich and one-handed jam at the buzzer made the score 20-17, W-M, at the end of the first quarter.
The teams traded a basket early in the second quarter before the TigerScots went on a run, outscoring its opponent 6-0, in 2:30 span. The score was 28-19.
Reich scored the next eight of 10 TigerScots points to lead them into halftime with a score of 38-30, W-M. Reich scored 24 of his 30 points in that first half.
In the second half, the TigerScots looked to Sederburg and Terjeson to provide scoring punch. Sederburg dropped in eight points and Terjeson nine in that second half.
The TigerScot lead see-sawed from about six to a game-high 14 points throughout the second half.
W-M girls 59, Liberty Christian 50
LC (50) - D. Croskey 9 6-7 28, Schmitt 1 2-4 4, S. Croskey 1 5-6 8, Moore 3 3-8 9, Williams 0 1-4 1. Hadley 0 0-0 0. Totals - 14 17-29 50.
W-M (59) - Sederburg 2 0-0 4, Rudolph 3 2-7 8, von Borstel 4 0-0 8, Coffman 1 0-0 2, Ponce 5 0-0 10, Entze 4 0-0 8, Carlin 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 3 0-0 6, Bodmer 4 0-0 8, Christopher 2 0-0 5. Totals - 28 2-7 59.
Liberty Christian 10 14 7 19 - 50
W-M 18 16 17 8 - 59
3-point goals - LC 5 ( D. Croskey 4, S. Croskey), W-M (Christopher). Total fouls - W-M 10, LC 7. Technical fouls - none. Fouled out - W-M (Thompson). Rebounds - W-M 50 (Entze 10), LC 14 (Schmitt 5, D. Croskey 5). Turnovers - LC 16, W-M 15. Assists - W-M 5 (Coffman 4), LC 3 (D. Croskey 2).
W-M boys 65, Liberty Christian 54
LC (54) - Olson 3 0-0 8, Ti. Koglin 4 0-0 8, Peterson 6 4-4 17, Ty. Koglin 1 0-0 2, Morris 0 4-6 4, Hoey 3 3-4 8, Crawford 3 0-0 6. Totals - 20 11-14 54.
W-M (65) - Terjeson 4 2-4 10, Reich 12 2-5 30, Chapman 2 0-0 5, Sederburg 7 2-4 16, Salter 2 0-2 4, Pease 0-0 0-0 0, C. Thacker 0 0-0 0, Ramirez 0 0-0 0. Totals - 27 6-15 65.
Liberty Christian 17 13 9 15 - 54
W-M 20 18 8 20 - 65
3-point goals - W-M 5 (Reich 4, Chapman), LC 3 (Olson 2, Peterson). Total fouls - W-M 13, LC 13. Technical fouls - none. Fouled out - LC (Ti. Koglin). Rebounds - W-M 30 (Terjeson 10), LC 16 (Ti. Koglin 8). Turnovers - W-M 11, LC 9. Assists - W-M (14 (Reich 5), LC 4.