Wa-Hi girls beat Lewiston, win tourney

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LEWISTON — A month to the day after handing Lewiston its first home loss in 30 games in their season opener, the Blue Devil girls faced the Bengals in the championship of the first edition of the Avista Holiday Challenge Saturday.

And again it came down to the wire, with a Maddy Sirmon assist setting up a game-winning basket from Mikayla Ferenz for a 38-36 Blue Devil victory on Lewis-Clark State College’s basketball court.

“I was excited to play Lewiston again because they are a quality team,” Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said. “I figured they would be out for revenge after we snapped a 30-game winning streak of theirs.”

Mikayla Ferenz led the Blue Devils (9-1) with 13 points on five field goals and a pair of free throws. She was named the tournament MVP for her efforts.

Torri Crawford and Kate Ferenz were also named to the all-tournament team.

“Kate Ferenz probably played the best two games of her Wa-Hi career,” Meliah said.

Kate Ferenz finished with 10 points and Crawford with nine.

Wa-Hi beat Clarkston 61-23 on Friday night behind 17 points from Mikayla Ferenz to earn its berth in the championship game.

The Blue Devils resume Mid-Columbia Conference play Friday at 5:45 p.m. when they visit Hanford.

Meliah said the Blue Devils treated the tournament like it would the state tournament.

“It’s pretty cool to hold up a trophy at the end,” Meliah said, “so we’d like to do that a couple more times this season.”

WA-HI 61, CLARKSTON 23

WA-HI (61) — Hodnefield 2 0-0 6, Greene 0 2-2 2, Crawford 2 5-6 9, Molitor 1 0-1 2, M. Ferenz 6 1-1 17, Sirmon 1 3-4 5, Doepker 4 2-3 10, K. Ferenz 4 2-2 10. Totals 20 15-19 61.

CLARKSTON (23) — Sly 0 2-2 2, Morrow 2 2-3 6, Reeves 1 4-6 6, Dimke 1 0-1 2, Meyers 2 3-5 7. Totals 6 11-17 23.

Wa-Hi 13 15 29 4 — 61

Clarkston 3 6 6 8 — 23

3-pointers — WW 6 (Hodnefield 2, M. Ferenz 4). Total fouls — WW 16, Cla 13. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

WA-HI 38, LEWISTON 36

WA-HI (38) — K. Ferenz 3-6 1-2 8, Doepker 1-3 0-2 2, Sirmon 2-3 0-0 5, M. Ferenz 5-12 2-4 13, Molitor 0-3 0-0 0, Crawford 2-7 5-6 9, Hodnefield 1-3 0-2 1. Totals 13-39 9-18 38.

LEWISTON (36) — Hastings 1-3 0-0 2, White 1-1 0-0 2, Wells 2-8 2-4 6, E. Schlander 2-8 1-5 5, K. Schlander 0-1 0-0 0, L. Wilson 2-10 0-0 6, K. Wilson 5-17 3-5 15. Totals 13-49 6-14 36.

Wa-Hi 13 3 12 10 — 38

Lewiston 12 12 9 3 — 36

3-pointers — WW 3-10 (K. Ferenz, Sirmon, M. Ferenz), Lew 4-15 (L. Wilson 2, K. Wilson 2). Total fouls — WW 19, Lew 14. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounding — WW 34 (Crawford 6), Lew 33 (Schlander 4). Turnovers — WW 22, Lew 14.

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