Chiawana girls rout Blue Devils

Wa-Hi falls 63-19 to the more experienced team.

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WALLA WALLA - Mikaela Rivard drained a 3-point field goal with 6:38 left in the first quarter of Chiawana's Big Nine Conference 4A girls basketball game with Wa-Hi Saturday night in the Blue Devil gym that commenced the contest's scoring.

The trey also began a 17-point night for Rivard, and a Riverhawks' rout of the home team, 63-19.

Chiawana, which has played 11 of its first 13 games on the road, improved to 4-1 in league and 11-2 overall. The Riverhawks are now riding a six-game winning streak.

The loss dropped Wa-Hi to 2-4 and 6-7.

"We played good defense," said Chiawana coach Steve Davis, whose team limited the Blue Devils to 5-of-25 shooting from the field - 1-for-9 from 3-point range - and converted 17 Wa-Hi turnovers into 20 points. "It's nice when the offense comes along with it."

"They are a veteran team and they have played a lot together," Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said. "I told my team that with our youth, we can aspire to be that good when we're juniors and seniors."

The Riverhawks used an 8-0 first-quarter run to assume an 11-2 lead. A Sadie Sparks' follow ended the spurt with two minutes on the clock.

A runner by Allie Greene at the 5:54 mark and a right-angle 3 off the hand of Jaiden Hodnefield with 27 seconds left were the only baskets the Blue Devils managed in the opening period - and half.

Chiawana put further distance between itself and Wa-Hi with a 16-1 surge in quarter two that included a pair of 7-0 blitzes. Shelby Ellsworth paced the Riverhawks in the period with nine points.

Wa-Hi's lone tally in the frame came on a Kiana Molitor free throw with 3:44 remaining.

The Riverhawks added to their lead throughout the third quarter and got it as high as 37 points, 46-9, on two Ellsworth freebies with 46.5 seconds to go.

Maddie Jacobson ended a Blue Devil field-goal drought of 12:42 with a layin at the 3:45 in the third.

The Chiawana add-on trend of the third quarter continued in the final period. It outscored Wa-Hi 17-7 and ended the game with its largest lead of the night. The Riverhawks' Hayley Hodgins concluded the scoring on a driving layup with 12 seconds left.

Hodnefield led the Blue Devils with five points.

"I'm proud of them," Meliah said of her team. "We didn't drop our heads and continued to battle. I'm glad I have a team that keeps playing no matter what. We did not give up."

Wa-Hi opens the second round of league play Friday when it hosts Richland.

Chiawana 63, Wa-Hi 19

CHIAWANA (63) - Reynolds 3-5 0-1 6, Gonzales 0-1 0-0 0, Sparks 3-7 1-1 7, Ellsworth 5-9 3-4 14, Loving 1-2 0-2 2, Valdez 1-3 0-0 3, Hodgins 4-9 4-4 14, Rivard 7-10 0-0 17. Totals 24-46 8-12 63.

WA-HI (19) - Klicker 0-1 0-0 0, Jacobson 1-2 0-0 2, Crawford 0-1 1-2 1, Jimenez 0-2 0-0 0, Christensen 1-2 0-0 2, Greene 1-4 2-4 4, Hamada 0-2 1-2 1, Molitor 0-2 2-4 2, Hodnefield 2-6 0-0 5, Anderson 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 5-25 8-14 19.

Chiawana 11 16 19 17 - 63

Wa-Hi 5 1 6 7 - 19

3-point goals - Chiawana 7-13 (Rivard 3-6, Hodgins 2-3, Ellsworth 1-2, Valdez 1-2), Wa-Hi 1-9 (Hodnefield 1-3, Klicker 0-1, Jacobson 0-1, Jimenez 0-2, Hamada 0-2). Total fouls - Chiawana 16, Wa-Hi 13. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds - Chiawana 33 (Sparks 7), Wa-Hi 19 (Greene 3, Molitor 3, Anderson 3). Turnovers- Chiawana 8, Wa-Hi 17. Assists- Chiawana none, Wa-Hi 2 (Crawford 1, Molitor 1).

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