Waitsburg-Prescott girls knock out Irish

DeSales, which entered as the No. 1 seed, falls to Waitsburg-Prescott in the District tourney.

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Crossed arms mark the target as DeSales' Allison Wujek and W-P's Katy Hofer battle for the ball Saturday at George Ball Court.

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W-P's Kristin Potter holds her ground against DeSales' Allison Wujek.

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Stephanie Ferrel and W-P's Kayla Huxoll play a game of eye ball as they both go for a loose ball Saturday at Whitman College.

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The Waitsburg-Prescott bench erupts in celebration on a 3-pointer against DeSales and the first half lead against the Irish Saturday afternoon at Whitman's George Ball Court.

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Cheesehead cheers from the Irish section during the DeSales girls versus W-P game Saturday afternoon at George Ball Court.

WALLA WALLA - DeSales erased all but one point of an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit Saturday afternoon at Sherwood Center before succumbing to Waitsburg-Prescott 47-44 in a girls Southeast 2B District loser-out basketball game.

The Irish, who entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, finished the season with a 15-7 record. Waitsburg-Prescott, which lost twice to DeSales during the regular season and was the district's No. 3 seed, takes an 18-4 overall record into Monday night's district championship game and is already guaranteed of a ticket to next weekend's regional tournament at Wa-Hi.

"There's not much difference between the two teams," W-P coach Jerry Baker said. "It was a tremendous game. Obviously, we're glad that we won, but it's almost a shame either team had to lose."

"I'm disappointed that we lost, but I'm not disappointed with the way we played," Irish coach Tim Duncan said. "Absolutely not disappointed.

"We played a poor game against Asotin," Duncan continued, referring to a 42-28 loss to the second-seeded Panthers Tuesday at DeSales in the first round of district play. "But the way we came back in the fourth quarter today, I'm just very proud of my team."

Waitsburg-Prescott outscored DeSales 7-2 over the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first quarter for a 12-8 lead and the Irish never regained the upper hand. They trailed by as many as seven points in the second period and 22-17 at halftime. And Dionna Baker's layin off an inbounds play with six seconds remaining in the third period boosted W-P's lead to 36-28 going to the fourth quarter.

Baker scored again in the first minute of the fourth period for W-P's first double-digit lead of the game. And Ronnie Hulce's basket with 6:49 remaining put W-P on top by 11, 40-29, before DeSales mounted its spirited comeback.

Allison Wujek's short banker started the rally and Ashlyn Lyons and Stephanie Ferrel followed with back-to-back layins that trimmed W-P's lead to 40-35.

Baker scored another layin with 4:18 on the clock to boost W-P's lead back to seven points. Wujek countered with a short jump shot, but Krystal Harris put back a rebound for a 44-37 W-P lead with 3:36 to play.

Ferrel missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw chance with 2:23 on the clock. But after W-P suffered the first of three consecutive empty trips to the free-throw line, Ferrel delivered a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner that cut W-P's lead to 44-40 with 1:12 remaining.

Annie Higgins sank one-of-two free throws with 39 seconds to play that chipped another point off W-P's lead and made it a one-possession game. Harris made the second of two free throws four seconds later for a 45-41 W-P lead, but Ashlyn Lyons sank a long 3-pointer with 20 seconds on the clock and suddenly the Irish were within a single point, 45-44.

Harris came through with two clutch free throws for W-P with 16 seconds to play for a 47-44 lead. The Irish then turned the ball over, regained possession and missed a long 3 as time - and their season - expired.

"I thought we were going to blow it there at the free-throw line for awhile," Baker said. "But Krystal Harris stepped up for us and made some big shots at the end. This was her best game in some time."

Harris scored 15 points to lead all scorers, and she also led her team with seven rebounds. Baker added 12 points for the winners.

Wujek came off the bench to score 14 points and lead the Irish. Ferrell and Ashlyn Lyons scored nine points each, and Ferrell and Abby Crowley pulled down eight rebounds apiece.

"I thought our four seniors were unbelievable," Duncan said of Ferrel, Higgins, Claire Konen and Chantel Blanc, who played their final games in an Irish uniform. "All four of them had unbelievable careers and that is how I am going to remember them."

Waitsburg-Prescott 47, DeSales 44

DESALES (44) - Konen 0-3 2-2 2, Higgins 2-6 1-2 6, B. Lyons 0-0 0-0 0, Lesko 0-2 0-0 0, Blanc 0-6 0-0 0, Wujek 6-12 2-5 14, Leahy 0-1 0-0 0, Cowley 1-5 2-2 4, A. Lyons 2-13 4-4 9, Ferrel 3-11 1-3 9. Totals 14-59 12-18 44.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (47) - Potter 2-12 2-6 6, Hofer 0-1 0-0 0, Brannock 2-3 0-0 5, Goenen 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 5-8 3-4 15, Hulce 3-7 1-3 7, Doepker 1-3 0-0 2, Baker 5-10 2-2 12, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Helms 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-47 8-15 47.

DeSales 8 9 11 16 - 44

Waitsburg-Prescott 12 10 14 11 - 47

3-point goals - DeSales (Higgins, A. Lyons, Ferrel 2), W-P (Brannock, Harris 2). Total fouls - W-P 19, DeSales 16. Fouled out - W-P (Baker). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - DeSales 43 (Ferrel 8, Crowley 8), W-P 43 (Harris 7). Turnovers - W-P 24, DeSales 19.

WALLA WALLA - McKayla Bickelhaupt hit 6-of-7 free throws in the fourth quarter and scored 16 points to lead Dayton over Asotin in the District 9 girls tournament here Saturday night at Whitman College, 41-37.

"We hit just enough free throws (9-of-21 in the fourth) to win at the end," Dayton coach Clayton Strong said. "Bickelhaupt saved us at the line."

The Bulldogs finished 13-of-29 from the free throw line for the game.

It was a physical, hard-fought game, Strong said. Both teams were in foul trouble by the end of the match.

"In a game like this, in districts, it's going to be physical," Strong said. "And the first two times we played them, we weren't physical enough and they beat us both times. We lost those games 61-52 and 55-35."

Dayton's Shelby Smith nabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and Bickelhaupt added seven more.

"Our hope was to double their two posts and we did that. It kind of frustrated them and they got into foul trouble early," Strong said. "(McKayla) Swaringen and (Jalisa) Jose usually dominate us, but not tonight."

The two Asotin posts accounted for only three points and 11 boards. Between the two, they had nine fouls, and Jose fouled out.

"It was good to finally beat them in districts," Strong said. "We still have our work cut out for us," he said. "But we have come a long ways, from 0-8 and have gone 9-5 since then, including the playoffs."

Dayton's Lexie Ramirez and Courtney Fuller scored six points apiece.

Dayton plays again Monday night at 5 p.m. against W-P at Whitman College.

Dayton 41, Asotin 37

DAYTON (41) - Tate 1 0-6 2, Fuller 2 1-4 6, Miller 0 0-0 0, Bickelhaupt 4 6-7 16, Lambert 1 0-2 2, Smith 2 1-3 5, Harting 1 0-0 3, Frame 1 0-1 2, Phillips 0 2-2 2, Ramirez 2 2-4 6. Totals 12 13-29 41.

ASOTIN (37) - Nicholas 0 2-2 2, Ausman 1 0-0 2, Nelson 1 8-9 11, Shriver 3 1-2 7, Whittaker 3 3-3 12, Jose 1 1-2 3, Weakland 0 0-0 0, Swaringen 0 0-0 0, Trizil 0 0-1 0, Fyant 0 0-2 0. Totals 9 15-21 37.

Dayton 9 6 10 16 - 41

Asotin 5 8 11 13 - 37

3-point goals - Day (Bickelhaupt, Harting), Aso 2 (Whittaker, Nelson). Total fouls - Day 22, Aso 27. Fouled out - Aso (Nelson, Jose). Technical fouls - Aso (Nelson). Rebounds - Day 36 (Smith 11), Aso 39 (Jose 9). Turnovers - Day 12, Aso 15. Assists - Day 4, Aso 3.

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