Moore's 31 lifts WWVA past Liberty Christian

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RICHLAND - Matt Moore had another ho-hum game Wednesday night. The 5-foot-11 junior point guard scored 31 points on 13-of-24 shooting from the field and four free throws to help lift the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights past Liberty Christian in the opening round of the District 9 2B Tournament, 74-66.

Moore averages 20 points per game.

Walla Walla's Daniel Lomeland scored 20 points on 9-of-24 shooting from the field. Lomeland averages 18.4 points per game.

Liberty Christian built a 29-24 lead going into the half, but then WWVA exploded in the second half, scoring 25 points in each quarter.

"Both teams came out playing tough and very much wanted to win this loser-out district game," WWVA coach Scott Wagner said.

Walla Walla, which outrebounded the Patriots 53-25, built its comeback on solid rebounding.

"In the third quarter, WWVA finally put everything together," Wagner said. "We started to run off of some big rebounds inside, which created some nice looks."

Jordan Schuete led the Knights in rebounding with 12 boards to go with eight points.

WWVA faces regular-season champion Dayton in the second round of the district tournament at Whitman College Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

WWVA 74, Liberty Christian 66

WWVA (74) - Flegel 0-1 0-2 0, Moore 13-24 4-7 31, Coseart 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 0-0 2-2 2, Saturno 0-0 0-0 0, Hutton 0-0 0-0 0, Lindsey 0-0 0-0 0, Rose 0-1 0-0 0, Thorn 0-0 0-0 0, Schuete 2-5 4-6 8, Lomeland 9-24 0-1 20, Hanson 4-13 0-0 8, Wagner 2-4 0-2 5. Totals 30-72 10-20 74.

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (66) - Ty. Koglin 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 1-5 0-1 2, Peterson 3-10 1-3 8, Olson 1-8 0-0 2, Crawford 4-7 3-5 11, Siefken 11-23 7-8 33, Howard 0-1 0-0 0, Hoey 0-1 0-0 0, Groth 1-1 0-0 3, Steele 1-1 0-0 3, Ti. Koglin 2-4 0-0 4, Heimann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 11-17 66.

WWVA 11 13 25 25 - 74

L-C 17 12 15 22 - 66

3-point goals - WWVA 4-15 (Moore 1-4, Lomeland 2-8, Wagner 1-2), L-C 7-29 (Peterson 3-10, Morris 1-5, Groth 1-1, Steele 1-1, Siefken 4-11). Total fouls - WWVA 17, L-C 21. Fouled out - WWVA 1 (Hanson), L-C 1 (Ti. Koglin). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWVA 53 (Schuete 12), L-C 25 (Siefken 8). Turnovers - WWVA 20, L-C 21. Assists - WWVA 9 (Hanson), L-C 11 (Siefken 4).

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