Pirates edge Irish girls, 33-32

Pomeroy's Melissa Bartlow hits the game-winning bucket with 2 seconds left to fend off DeSales' rally.


WALLA WALLA - Freshman Ashlyn Lyons drained a trey with 14 seconds left in non-conference girls basketball action here Tuesday as DeSales fought back from a 29-21 Pomeroy lead with 4:48 left in the game.

Lyons' bucket capped the Irish comeback and gave DeSales a 32-31 lead, but left the Pirates too much time.

Following a Pomeroy timeout, Pomeroy worked the ball around the perimeter and into the hands of Sadie Slaybaugh. Slaybaugh looked inside and got the ball to Melissa Bartlow on the low block, and Bartlow finished to give the Pirates a 33-32 lead with 2 seconds left.

The Irish ran out of time and Pomeroy improved to 7-1 with the 33-32 win.

"We were playing hard and came down with a two-point lead (31-29 before the Lyons bomb), and you think you're good to go," Pirates coach Nettie Severs said. "They shoot that last shot and we called timeout. I just told them to play our offense and get the ball inside to Melissa, as she had been pretty much open on the block the whole night. Sadie had great patience on the outside and made a great pass. Last year, we dribble it out of bounds or pass it to the defense. Huge growth tonight for all of us."

After Karlie Martin's bucket gave the Pirates the 29-21 lead, Allison Wujek scored twice for the Irish and Erin Giusti buried a 3 as DeSales was within 31-28 with 2:30 to play.

The Irish turned the ball over on their next three possessions, but Pomeroy could not take advantage and Giusti drained 1-of-2 free throws to get the Irish closer at 31-29 with 34 seconds remaining.

The Pirates missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to set the stage for Lyons.

"We started executing what we had been trying to execute all game," Irish coach Tim Duncan said of the comeback. "We started to knock some (shots) down. As long as we play defense the way we play, and rebound the way we rebound, we'll be in every game.

"We were trying to get her (Lyons) some looks," he said. "We got her a look and she stepped up and hit a big shot.

"We didn't defend that (Bartlow's shot) particularly well," Duncan continued. "We got too far out on the wing and didn't get far enough on the top side on the post. We'll learn from this one."

Annie Higgins drained a trey 20 seconds into the game, but the Irish only added an Ali Zander free throw for a 4-2 lead after one quarter.

The Pirates scored eight points in the second period while holding the Irish to 2-of-13 shooting from the field in the first half, and forced 17 first-half Irish turnovers, and emerged with a 10-8 lead at intermission.

"We came out with a ton of adrenaline," Duncan said of the start. "We knew this was a good club (Pomeroy) and they were going to come after us because we ended their season (an Irish state-berth clinching win) last year. We have a ton of respect for them. We started throwing the ball all over the court and couldn't shoot to save our lives."

"This was our first game back from (the holiday) break," Severs said of the Pirates' start. "DeSales is a tough team and it's hard to play here."

Pomeroy turned it up a notch behind Martin's five third-period points and outscored DeSales 17-13 to take a 27-21 lead to the final period.

Wujek finished with seven points to lead the Irish. Higgins hit two treys to finish with six, but DeSales converted only 6-of-22 from behind the arc. Giusti grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for DeSales.

The Irish drop to 6-2 and host Asotin Saturday in a Southeast 2B counter.

"We're an inconsistent shooting team," Duncan said. "Some nights they're going to go down and some nights they're not. We've just got to be able to knock shots down."

The Pirates were led by Torrie Koller's seven points. Bartlow added six and HayLee Koller scored four, grabbed a team-high nine boards and passed out five assists.

The Pirates travel to Tekoa-Oakesdale for a Southeast 1B battle Friday.

"Everybody struggled in one area or another tonight," Severs said of her Pirates. "They all stayed true to what we do as a team and it paid off for us."


POMEROY (33) - Slaybaugh 1-5 0-0 3, Smith 0-2 0-2 0, hocking 0-0 0-0 0, T. Koller 3-7 0-0 7, Bartlow 3-8 0-1 6, Martin 3-10 1-2 7, Bott 2-6 0-2 4, H. Koller 1-10 2-4 4, Hyer 1-5 0-2 2. Totals 14-53 3-13 33.

DESALES (32) - Konen 1-2 0-0 3, Higgins 2-7 0-0 6, B. Lyons 0-0 0-0 0, Buley 2-5 0-0 4, Giusti 1-5 1-4 4, Blanc 1-6 0-0 3, Wujek 3-5 1-3 7, Moberg 0-0 0-0 0, Crowley 0-0 0-0 0, Zander 0-0 2-4 2, A. Lyons 1-2 0-0 3, Ferrel 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 11-37 4-11 32.

Pomeroy 2 8 17 6 - 33

DeSales 4 4 13 11 - 32

3-point goals - Pom 2-7 (Slaybaugh 1-1, T. Koller 1-2, H. Koller 0-4), DeS 6-22 (Konen 1-2, Higgins 2-7, Giusti 1-1, Blanc 1-6, A. Lyons 1-2, Ferrel 0-4). Total fouls - Pom 14, DeS 18. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Pom 36 (H. Koller 9), DeS 41 (Giusti 9). Turnovers - Pom 14, DeS 30. Assists - Pom 11 (H. Koller 5), DeS 8 (Giusti 2, Higgins 2).


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