$n$ Blue Devil girls clinch playoff berth with win over Ike

Wa-Hi manhandles Eisenhower, 67-44, Tuesday night in Yakima to secure a postseason berth.

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YAKIMA - Wa-Hi's girls picked up a 67-44 Big Nine Class 4A victory over Eisenhower here Tuesday night, and along with comes a playoff berth.

"We earned ourselves a playoff game and we'll see what will happen," said Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah.

Wa-Hi is likely in fifth place, Meliah said.

Final seedings will be determined after the regular season concludes Saturday.

Wa-Hi (8-10 overall, 4-7 in league) was led by Jaiden Hodnefield's 18 points, all coming on six 3-pointers.

And no Blue Devil was scoreless.

"It was a great team effort," Meliah said. "Everybody scored, which is always nice. We were sitting in the zone and both Libby (Jimenez) and Jaiden were hot. Any time you have 10 3-pointers, it's a good night for us."

Jimenez had 12 points and four treys.

The Blue Devils outrebounded the Cadets, 52-34, led by Gabby Anderson's 13.

"Gabby and Sydney Christensen did a great job on the boards," Meliah said. "We were able to get the rebound and get out and go."

Wa-Hi had 13 turnovers to Ike's 18.

"I was very pleased with the mental intensity and physical play," Meliah said.

Wa-Hi likely will travel to Wenatchee for the first round of the playoffs, but games this weekend will determine playoff seeding.

The Blue Devils play at Chiawana (14-2 overall, 9-1 in league) on senior night Saturday.

"It'll be really tough," Meliah said of Saturday's game. "They're a great team, so I look at it as a game we play to get better and focus on hopefully getting a first-round playoff upset."

Wa-Hi 67, Eisenhower 44

WA-HI (67) - Klicker 0-6 3-4 3, Jacobson 1-4 0-0 2, Crawford 1-4 4-4 6, Jimenez 4-6 0-0 12, Christensen 1-4 0-0 2, Greene 1-5 2-2 4, Hamada 0-2 2-4 2, Molitor 5-11 2-4 12, Hodnefield 6-15 0-0 18, Anderson 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 22-53 13-18 67.

EISENHOWER (44) - Elmo 2-5 2-3 7, Wingerter 3-7 1-2 10, Vasquez 0-2 0-0 0, Abrams 1-5 0-0 2, Guerra-Burnett 4-9 8-9 17, McKenna 2-9 0-0 4, Modest 1-12 2-2 4, Armenta 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-51 13-16 44.

Wa-Hi 13 15 25 14 - 67

Eisenhower 10 8 12 14 - 44

3-point goals - Wa-Hi 10-27 (Jimenez 4, Hodnefield 6), Ike 5-20 (Wingerter 3, Guerra-Burnett 1, Elmo 1). Total fouls - Wa-Hi 19, Ike 18. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Wa-Hi 52 (Anderson 13), Ike 34 (Wingerter 6). Turnovers - Wa-Hi 13, Ike 18, Assists - Wa-Hi 12 (Molitor 3), Ike 4 (Elmo 2).

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School League Overall

Chiawana 8-1 16-2

Richland 8-2 14-2

Moses Lake 8-2 14-4

Wenatchee 5-5 10-8

Walla Walla 4-7 8-10

Davis 2-8 8-10

Eisenhower 0-11 0-16

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