Wa-Hi girls cruise past Davis, 65-40

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WALLA WALLA — Torri Crawford controlled the opening tip here Friday in girls non-conference basketball action against Davis.

Crawford tipped the ball to Mikayla Ferenz who found Kate Ferenz on the near wing, Kate Ferenz laid it in and Wa-Hi never looked back.

The Blue Devils led 35-11 at intermission and coasted home with a 65-40 win.

“I was pleased with our press and transition game,” Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said. “The up-tempo (pace) bothered Davis and we jumped on them early and that was the difference. We worked on several aspects of our game and we got better. We have to clean up the turnovers (21 on the night), but I’ve been pleased.”

Wa-Hi stretched the lead to 49-22 after three. Davis outscored the Blue Devils in the fourth, 18-16, but it was too little too late. Alexis Gratton led the Pirates with nine points.

Wa-Hi had three players in double digits. Madi Doepker led the way with 15 points. Maddy Sirmon and Mikayla Ferenz each chipped in 14. Jaiden Hodnefield hit two treys as the Blue Devils hit 4-of-9 from behind the arc.

“These eight (players that saw action in the win) are special,” Meliah said. “At any one point, any girl can score a lot. It’s nice to be able to throw any five out there and know that they can play and play well.”

Wa-Hi 65, Davis 40

DAVIS (40) — Morales 2-5 0-2 4, Billups 1-4 0-0 2, Alvarado 2-7 0-2 5, Salazar 2-9 1-6 5, Perez 2-6 2-4 6, Gratton 3-7 2-2 9, Martinez 1-4 1-2 3, Juarez 2-7 0-0 6. Totals 15-50 6-18 40.

WA-HI (65) — K. Ferenz 1-3 3-4 5, Doepker 6-15 3-9 15, Sirmon 5-7 4-6 14, M. Ferenz 5-10 2-3 14, Molitor 0-4 3-4 3, Crawford 3-6 0-2 6, Greene 1-2 0-0 2, Hodnefield 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 23-53 15-28 65.

Davis 6 5 11 18 — 40

Wa-Hi 20 15 14 16 — 65

3-point goals — Davis 4-10 (Alvarado, Gratton, Juarez 2) , Wa-Hi 4-9 (M. Ferenz 2, Hodnefield 2). Total fouls— Davis 19, Wa-Hi 15. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Davis 26 (Perez 3), Wa-Hi 48 (Doepker 6). Turnovers — Davis 20, Wa-Hi 21.

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