Blue Devils beat Southridge at the line, win 40-36

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KENNEWICK -- Southridge outshot, outrebounded and committed less turnovers than the Blue Devils Friday night, but Wa-Hi picked up its seventh consecutive victory regardless, 40-36, after making 15-of-19 free throws to just 4-of-12 from the Suns.

This was a defensive affair, with each team making just 33 percent of their field goals on the night.

Wa-Hi (7-0) entered the fourth up just 31-28, but a 7-of-8 performance from the line in the final quarter helped the Blue Devils pick up their third Mid-Columbia Conference victory of the year.

Sharpshooting guard Eric Klicker led the way for the Blue Devils with 11 points, but he did so after making just one field goal -- a 3-pointer. He scored the rest from the line, where he went 8-for-8.

“With our games so far we haven’t been real effective at the line, and tonight we were,” Wa-Hi coach John Golden said. “It was something we were working on and our guards were 13-for-14 from the line -- that was the big difference tonight.”

Guard Gabe Porter added seven points on two field goals and 2-for-2 free throws. Parker Toon added five points on a field goal and a 3-for-5 night at the line, while Aaron Eggart and Sam Arias each added four points.

“It was a physical game,” Golden said. “We had a great night defensively, but we struggled on offense. We just turned the ball over too many times.”

The Blue Devils coughed up 17 turnovers to just 14 for the Suns. Southridge edged out Wa-Hi on the boards, grabbing 27 rebounds to 26 from Wa-Hi.

Post Tanner Cranor led the Blue Devils with seven grabs on the night and added three points.

Wa-Hi hosts Pasco Saturday at 7 p.m.

WA-HI 40, SOUTHRIDGE 36

WA-HI (40) -- Toon 1-5 3-4 5, Klicker 1-5 8-8 11, Porter 2-3 2-2 7, Thonney 1-2 0-2 2, Eggart 1-1 1-2 4, Hogan 1-2 0-0 2, Arias 2-6 0-0 4, Gilmore 0-0 0-0 0, Cranor 1-3 1-2 3, Warriner 1-3 0-1 2. Totals 11-30 15-19 40.

SOUTHRIDGE (36) -- Molt 3-8 0-1 6, Mazzei 1-7 0-2 3, Vorheis 3-6 1-2 7, Getchell 2-5 2-5 6, Lopia 0-1 0-0 0, Haberling 4-11 0-0 9, Cross 0-0 0-0 0, Schafer 2-7 1-2 5. Totals 15-45 4-12 36.

Wa-Hi 14 10 7 9 -- 40

Southridge 14 7 6 9 -- 36

3-pointers -- WW 3 (Klicker, Porter, Eggart), SR 2 (Mazzei Haberling). Total fouls -- WW 15, SR 20. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none. Rebounding -- WW 26 (Cranor 7), SR 27 (Vorheis 5). Turnovers -- WW 17, SR 14. Assists -- WW 8 (Eggart 3), SR 3 (Mazzei 3).

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