MILTON-FREEWATER — Ten different Pioneers reached the scorer’s column and Makia Carlson scored a double-double as Mac-Hi’s girls basketball team picked up its second victory of the year with a 51-44 victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy Tuesday night.
Mac-Hi had just victory last season — a total they have already doubled.
“It’s huge, and it gives these girls motivation,” Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said of the Pioneers’ 2-0 start to the season. “They’re working great as a team. That’s all we hear about in the locker room, is that we’re all doing it.” Carlson, a 6-foot junior post, led Mac-Hi with 15 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
Amy Arnzen led the Knights (2-1) with 15 points on five field goals, including a pair of 3s, and three free throws.
WWVA trailed just 35-34 entering the final quarter, but the Pioneers went on a 9-2 run to open the fourth.
Emily Field, a 5-7 senior who scored 14 points, drained a trey to narrow Mac-Hi’s lead to three with 5:10 remaining in the game, but Mac-Hi hit a pair of baskets and Alyssa Riedel hit the front end of a one-and-one to give the Pioneers a 47-39 lead with just over three minutes left.
Arnzen dropped in a layup with 2:11 left in the game to pull WWVA within six, 47-41, but Carlson lofted in a floater and Avery Wells scored on a putback with 37 seconds remaining to give the Pioneers an insurmountable 51-41 lead.
“I think they got more aggressive in the post — Carlson got more aggressive in the post — and I just didn’t have anyone prepared to stop them,” WWVA coach Lloyd Redberg said of his team’s second-half troubles. “It’s a tough challenge. And then they hit some buckets that they probably hadn’t hit in the first half, and all the sudden we’re down by six or seven.”
Mac-Hi scored seven straight points to open the game before Hannah Woolever took the rock from coast to coast for a layup to get the Knights on the board.
Mac-Hi struggled with unforced turnovers in the first quarter, but ended the first with a 12-7 lead nonetheless.
Samantha Tveidt, a freshman guard, had a sneaky good night for Mac-Hi, scoring 10 points on five field goals, mostly mid-range jumpers.
“She’s one of those ones who gets in there for the boards and then she’s not afraid to shoot,” Christian said of Tveidt, a 5-7 freshman guard. “She’s a huge asset for us to have her in there.
“She sneaks in there,” Christian said. “She gets inside and she’s a little bit taller guard for us, so she can jump up and elevate and still look to shoot.”
One of such jumpers gave the Pioneers a 16-11 lead with 4:11 left in the first half, but a free throw and a 3 from Arnzen nearly evened the score in a flash.
The Knights finally pulled even at 18 with a three-point play from Megan Gregg at the 2:53 mark of the second quarter.
The Knights closed the half up 26-22 with Gregg, a 5-9 post who scored nine points on the night, hitting 2-of-3 free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt as time expired.
But Mac-Hi rattled off 8-3 rally to begin the second half and retake its lead, 30-29, after a Carlson lay-in with 4:48 left in the third.
The teams traded buckets from there, with Carlson scoring three and Tveidt notching another jumper as the quarter ended to send the Pioneers into the fourth with a 35-34 lead.
“I thought it was a game we were in until the end, and it could have gone either way,” Redberg said. “I think they just had better looks in the second half. We would have like to have gotten the ball more to Megan (Gregg) than we did in the second half, so she didn’t really have many chances to score.”
Mac-Hi next travels to the Cove Tournament, which began today at 3 p.m.
WWVA visits DeSales Thursday at 6 p.m. to open Southeast 2B play.
WALLA WALLA VALLEY ACADEMY 44, MAC-HI 51
WALLA WALLA VALLEY ACADEMY (44) SEmD Woolever 2 4-5 6, Arnzen 5 3-11 15, Gregg 2 5-6 9, Field 3 7-9 14, Hellie 0 0-0 0, Kroft 0 0-0 0, Mason 0 0-0 0, Nateras 0 0-0 0, Underhill 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 18-31 44.
MAC-HI (51) — Fite 1 0-0 2, Lonai 0 0-0 0, Correa 1 0-0 2, Tveidt 5 0-0 10, Glaeser 1 0-0 2, Am. Wells 1 0-0 2, Av. Wells 2 4-4 8, Riedel 0 2-4 2, Vaughan 3 0-1 6, Carlson 5 5-9 15. Totals 20 11-18 51.
WWVA 7 19 8 10 — 44
Mac-Hi 12 10 13 16 — 51
3-point goals —WW 3 (Arnzen 2, Field), Mac none. Total fouls—WW 14, Mac 19. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Mac 61 (Carlson 17). Turnovers—Mac 14. Assists— Mac 12 (Glaeser 4).