WWVA roasts Pioneers at home, 60-35

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COLLEGE PLACE — Amy Arnzen had 18 points and 11 steals Thursday night to lead Walla Walla Valley Academy to a 60-35 victory over visiting Mac-Hi in non-conference girls basketball.

The win breaks a four game losing streak for the Knights (3-4) that began when WWVA visited Mac-Hi on Dec. 7.

Emily Field led all scorers with 20 points on six field goals, including a trio of 3-pointers, and a 5-for-6 effort at the free throw line.

“That was a breakout game for (Field),” WWVA coach Lloyd Redberg said. “She’s been in single digits every game so far this year, and she really had the game that she’s capable of.”

Mac-Hi beat the Knights 51-44 in their first meeting.

“I didn’t have them ready for Mac-Hi,” Redberg said of the schools’ previous meeting. “I didn’t scout Mac-Hi and we weren’t ready.”

The Pioneers (2-5) have now lost five in a row after opening the season with wins over Helix and the Knights.

Avery Wells scored 11 points and made the Pioneers’ only 3-pointer to lead Mac-Hi in the scorer’s column.

Six-foot junior post Makia Carlson scored 15 points to lead Mac-Hi against the Knights in their first meeting, but was limited to just nine points on Thursday, all of which came in the fourth quarter after WWVA had already built a 51-22 lead.

“We just really played a lot better defense on her,” Redberg said of Carlson.

The Knights were missing one of their leading scorers in the matchup, with Hannah Woolever breaking her finger in practice Wednesday.

WWVA plays in the Helix tournament Jan. 4.

Mac-Hi visits Heppner for a tournament on Dec. 28.

WWVA 60, MAC-HI 35

MAC-HI (35) — Romero 0 0-0 0, Lonai 2 2-5 6, Fields 0 0-0 0, Triedt 1 1-4 3, Am. Wells 1 0-0 2, Kilburg 0 0-2 0, Av. Wells 4 2-3 11, Riedel 1 0-1 2, Vaughan 1 0-0 2, Ureno 0 0-0 0, Carlson 4 1-4 9. Totals 14 6-19 35.

WWVA (60) — Arnzen 5 7-8 18, Croft 0 1-2 1, Nateras 1 0-1 2, Hellie 2 0-0 4, Underhill 2 0-1 2, Field 6 5-6 20, Gregg 1 6-6 9, Thompson 2 0-0 4. 18 19-24 60.

Mac-Hi 5 7 10 13 — 35

WWVA 16 9 26 9 — 60

3-pointers — Mac-Hi (Wells), WWVA 5 (Arnzen, Field 3, Gregg). Total fouls — Mac-Hi 18, WWVA 14. Fouled out — WWVA Nateras. Technical fouls — none. Rebounding — Mac-Hi 34 (Carlson 8), WWVA 24 (Thompson 5). Turnovers — Mac-Hi 29, WWVA 15.

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