Photo Gallery — W-P girls hold off Irish for district title

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It was an emotional victory for W-P Friday night as Megan Withers, second from left, howled and hugged Alyssa Hafen (No. 14) and Genesis Pearson following their 40-36 win over the DeSales Irish at Whitman's George Ball Court Friday night. The win gives the W-P girls the No. 1 seed out of the District 9 2B Tournament.

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W-P'S Dionna Baker (right) takes one to the nose as she and DeSales' Ali Zander both go after a loose ball.

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The thrill of the rally could be felt as DeSales coach Tim Duncan and the Irish bench showed their enthusiasm with one of DeSales' second-half leads. The celebration was only passing as W-P pulled away in the final minutes and held on for the win Friday night at George Ball Court.

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Both DeSales's Stephanie Ferrel (right) and a loose ball share that floating feeling as W-P's Alyssa Hafen (No. 14) trips up in her pursuit and Ali Zander (No. 22) trail the pursuit.

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Even the reach of 5-foot, 11-inch W-P's Alyssa Hafen wasn't long enough to grab the ball as she and DeSales' Ali Zander dove to the court.

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With the Irish girls down 15-16 at the half a flag waving DeSales fan tried to rally the Irish for the rest of the game. It almost worked with DeSales taking the lead a couple of times, but ultimately going down to defeat against W-P in the final minutes of play.

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Cheesehead chatter and rousing support from the DeSales fans helped keep the Irish girls in spirit going up against W-P Friday night at Whitman's George Ball Court.

WALLA WALLA - Megan Withers converted a three-point play with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter Friday night to commence a game-ending, 7-1 run that lifted undefeated Waitsburg-Prescott to a 40-36 victory over DeSales in the championship game of the Class 2B District 9 girls basketball tournament at Whitman College's George Ball Court.

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