Blue Devil girls win 3rd game in 4 days

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MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi warded off a Moses Lake comeback and finished with a 13-10 fourth-quarter run to post a 40-33 non-conference girls basketball win Saturday night.

Wa-Hi built a 19-10 lead at intermission.

“Moses Lake is a tough place to go in and play,” Blue Devil coach Jill Meliah said. “We were a little leg-weary as it was our third game in four days. Our versatility has proved to be our strength and all eight (players that saw action) stepped up and made plays that helped us get the win.”

Wa-Hi got off to an 11-6 lead after one and stretched the lead to 19-10 at the break.

The Chiefs rallied with a 13-8 third-quarter advantage to narrow the gap to 27-23 heading to the fourth.

“We got foul happy,” Meliah said of the Chief rally. “We finished strong as our girls know how to finish.”

Mikayla Ferenz, who led all scorers with 16, hit four free throws down the stretch to ice the win. But the Wa-Hi defense put Ferenz in a position to ice this one, holding the Chiefs scoreless on their last three possessions.

“We played the best defense of the night (on those last possessions),” Meliah added. “We forced bad shots and got rebounds.”

Maddy Sirmon scored eight points and Torri Crawford added seven as both led Wa-Hi to a 43-33 advantage on the glass with 10 rebounds each.

Wa-Hi improves to 3-0 and will be off until Dec. 11 when Pendleton visits in a non-conference battle.

Wa-Hi 40, Moses Lake 33

WA-HI (40) SEmD K. Ferenz 1-5 0-0 2, Doepker 0-2 3-4 3, Sirmon 2-6 4-6 8, M. Ferenz 5-15 4-4 16, Molitor 0-2 1-2 1, Crawford 3-6 1-2 7, Greene 0-1 0-0 0, Hodnefield 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 12-43 13-18 40.

MOSES LAKE (33) SEmD Overland 0-0 1-4 1, Garcia 1-5 0-0 3, Loera 2-14 0-0 4, Walker 1-2 5-6 7, Olson 2-9 2-4 7, Clark 0-1 2-5 2, Stevens 0-2 2-4 2, Nielson 1-6 0-2 2, Csee 0-0 3-4 3. Totals 8-42 15-29 33.

Wa-Hi 11 8 8 13 — 40

ML 6 4 13 10 — 33

3-point goals SEmD Wa-Hi 3-14 (M. Ferenz 2, Hodenfield 1), ML 2-11 (Garcia, Olson). Total fouls — Wa-Hi 23, ML 18. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds - Wa-Hi 43 (Sirmon 10, Crawford 10), ML 33 (Loera 9). Turnovers — Wa-Hi 23, ML 21. Assists — 7 (K. Ferenz 2, M. Ferenz 2), ML 0.

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