DeSales girls get past Stanfield

The Irish face Weston-McEwen for the D.A. Davidson title tonight after the girls down the Tigers, 32-28, Wednesday night.

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DeSales' Ashlyn Lyons (left) reaches between the arms of Stanfield's Sterling Braithwaite to tip the ball away for a steal Wednesday evening.

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DeSales' Stephanie Ferrel (left) collides with Stanfield's Nidia Ibarra in pursuit of a loose ball.

WALLA WALLA - DeSales' girls basketball team earned a berth in tonight's championship game of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic with a 32-28 victory over Stanfield on Wednesday night at Whitman College's George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

The Irish, now 5-2, will oppose Weston-McEwen for the tournament title at 6:30. The TigerScots advanced to tonight's final with a 62-36 win over Valley Christian.

DeSales' boys were not as fortunate Wednesday afternoon. The Irish fell to Stanfield, 78-48.

DeSales girls 32, Stanfield 28

Irish guard Stephanie Ferrel scored eight of her game-high 12 points in the first quarter on a night when DeSales made just 9-of-60 shots from the field and only 3-of-29 from 3-point range.

The Irish led 12-6 after one period.

Stanfield rallied in the second quarter. Hailey Cox produced six points in the frame that helped the Tigers pull within one, 18-17, at halftime.

Ferrel picked up four points in the third quarter, a period that ended with DeSales in front 27-25.

The Irish led despite a mere two field goals on 32 shots combined in quarters two and three.

DeSales and Stanfield combined for just eight points in the fourth quarter.

"We just couldn't make a shot to save our life, particularly from five feet," DeSales coach Tim Duncan said. "It's the game of basketball. Some nights, it's like we're throwing the ball in the ocean. Other nights, it's like we're trying to throw the ball in a tea cup."

The Irish used defense to overcome their offensive woes, limiting the Tigers to 8-of-30 shooting from the floor and forcing 30 turnovers.

"I thought we played really good half-court defense," Duncan said. "The reason we won the game can be explained by (hustle plays). The effort to make those plays is the reason we won the game."

Stanfield 78, DeSales boys 48

The Irish led 24-23 at halftime, but were unable to fend off the offensive onslaught that occurred after intermission.

Devin Bailey scored a game-high 26 points, 17 in the second half, to lead Stanfield's romp.

DeSales scored the first seven points of the game and kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for the initial four-plus minutes of the opening quarter.

But Stanfield tallied the final six points of the period to draw within one, 7-6.

Four points apiece by Reilly Roach, Garrett Leahy, and Darryl Galloway helped keep the Irish in front during period two.

The Tigers shot 55 percent in the third quarter (12-for-22) to assume control of the contest. DeSales made just 5-of-15 shots in frame three and found itself down 51-34 at the quarter buzzer.

Stanfield made 11-of-17 tries in the fourth quarter, mainly in the paint and in transition, to widen its advantage before settling for the 30-point spread.

DeSales, now 3-4 on the season, struggled with ball possession. The Irish were guilty of 33 turnovers.

"We didn't respond to their pressure," DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said. "You can't have the missed opportunities we had and have any success.

"Our effort wasn't bad all the time," Griffin said. "We had moments of brilliance and as we go along, we'll get better. But it's frustrating to see the lack of execution."

Roach led DeSales with 12 points and Galloway ended up with 10.

DeSales girls 32, Stanfield 28

STANFIELD (28) - Gabriel 1-6 0-0 2, Ibarra 0-5 2-2 2, Braithwaite 1-3 3-8 5, V. Herrera 1-3 0-0 2, Cox 1-4 4-6 6, Ena 2-3 2-2 6, Kamm 2-6 1-2 5, L. Herrera 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-30 12-20 28.

DESALES (32) - Konen 1-4 2-3 4, Higgins 0-12 2-4 2, Buley 1-6 1-2 3, Conley 0-0 0-0 0, Lesko 0-0 0-0 0, Blanc 0-7 0-0 0, Wujek 0-2 1-2 1, Crowley 2-9 0-0 4, Zander 1-7 0-2 2, Lyons 0-3 4-6 4, Ferrel 4-10 1-2 12. Totals 9-60 11-21 32.

Stanfield 6 11 8 3 - 28

DeSales 12 6 9 5 - 32

3-point goals - Stanfield none, DeSales 3-29 (Ferrel 3-9, Konen 0-1, Zander 0-2, Blanc 0-7, Higgins 0-10). Total fouls - Stanfield 19, DeSales 21. Fouled out - Stanfield (Kamm). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Stanfield 41 (Braithwaite 12), DeSales 50 (Lyons 8). Turnovers - Stanfield 30, DeSales 17.

Stanfield 78, DeSales boys 48

DESALES (48) - Roach 6-10 0-0 12, Haen 1-5 0-0 3, Fazzari 4-12 1-3 9, LeConte 1-1 0-1 2, Wales 2-4 0-1 4, Leahy 2-4 2-2 6, Cox 1-6 0-0 2, Richman 0-1 0-0 0, Galloway 4-6 0-1 10, Duehn 0-2 0-0 0, Eskil 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-52 3-8 48.

STANFIELD (78) - U. Ibarra 1-2 1-2 3, Bailey 9-17 3-4 26, Kamm 3-6 0-1 6, Haefer 3-7 0-0 6, D. Ibarra 6-13 0-0 14, Hernandez 0-1 0-0 0, Valadez 1-2 1-2 3, Ramos 2-7 0-0 4, Esquivel 1-1 0-0 2, Linker 4-10 0-0 9, Nunez 2-2 1-2 5, Angel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-69 6-11 78.

DeSales 7 17 10 14 - 48

Stanfield 6 17 28 27 - 78

3-point goals - DeSales 3-11 (Galloway 2-3, Haen 1-3, Roach 0-1, Fazzari 0-1, Cox 0-3), Stanfield 8-24 (Bailey 5-10, D. Ibarra 2-4, Linker 1-2, Hernandez 0-1, Haefer 0-2, Ramos 0-5). Total fouls - DeSales 16, Stanfield 16. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - DeSales 40 (Fazzari 9), Stanfield 38 (Bailey 7, D. Ibarra 7). Turnovers - DeSales 33, Stanfield 14.

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