WALLA WALLA - Three Waitsburg Prescott girls basketball players scored in double figures to lead the team to a 45-33 victory over the Dayton Bulldogs here Monday night on George Ball Court at Whitman College in the District 9 Class 2B tournament.
W-P's Ronnie Hulce led all scorers with 12 points, and also had three steals. Kristin Potter and Dionna Baker added 11 points each, and Baker grabbed a team-high eight boards. Potter added five steals.
W-P had 17 steals on the night and forced 30 Dayton turnovers in the game.
W-P also had 11 offensive rebounds.
"We didn't do the little things we have been doing," Dayton coach Clayton Strong said. "We gave them way too many second chances and turned the ball over too much. That really was the difference tonight.
"We played tentatively because we haven't been here before with this group and they have. W-P is the reigning two-time district champs."
For Dayton, Shelby Smith led the team with eight points and 11 boards. McKayla Bickelhaupt had nine points and six rebounds.
Dayton had eight steals and harassed W-P to the tune of 20 turnovers. Dayton outrebounded W-P 38-26, but had four fewer field goals and free throws each.
"It was a good win against a quick team," W-P coach Jerry Baker said. "They keep coming at you and they attack the basket. But we were aggressive on defense and in taking the ball to the hoop ourselves. That has been our strength all year, we stayed with that."
A 6-0 run for W-P started the game with six Bulldogs' turnovers in the first three minutes. Baker scored inside, Potter passed to Hulce for two on the fastbreak and Potter scored herself on the break in that opening run.
Dayton's Courtney Fuller scored all five of Dayton's first-quarter points and it was 10-5, W-P, after the first stanza.
A 7-5 run by Dayton ensued and it was 20-14 with one minute remaining in the first half. Potter was then fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws.
W-P led 23-14 at the break.
Foul trouble sent Potter to the bench with four fouls with three minutes remaining in the third period, but W-P still outscored Dayton 8-7 in the quarter to push the score to 31-21 after the third.
It was a 14-point lead for W-P with 2:12 remaining when Bickelhaupt nailed a shot from behind the arc to cut the lead to 41-30. Potter fouled out within the next 30 seconds. Four unanswered points from W-P was next to push the score to 44-30 with 45 seconds remaining in the game.
Bickelhaupt hit another 3 with 23 seconds remaining to make the final score 45-33.
"We've struggled the last couple of years," Strong said, "and I don't think anybody expected us to get this second-place trophy for districts and go onto regionals. So that is a pretty big accomplishment for the girls. But we'll have our work cut out for us against Brewster in the regionals."
Dayton plays at 4 p.m. Saturday against Brewster at Wa-Hi as the No. 2 seed out of District 9.
W-P plays at 6 p.m. at Wa-Hi Saturday versus Riverside Christian as the No. 1 seed out.
Waitsburg-Prescott 45, Dayton 33
DAYTON (33) - Lambert 1 0-0 2, Ramirez 0 0-1 0, Phillips 2 0-0 2, Bickelhaupt 3 1-2 9, Smith 1 6-8 8, Fuller 2 2-3 6, Frame 3 0-2 6, Tate 0 0-3 0, Harting 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 9-19
WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (45) - Hulce 5 2-2 12, Doepker 0 0-0 0, Baker 3 5-8 11, Potter 4 3-4 11, Brannock 0 0-0 0, Harris 2 1-4 7, Goenen 1 1-1 3, Moss 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 13-21 45.
Dayton 5 9 7 12 - 33
W-P 10 13 8 14 - 45
3-point goals - Day 2 (Bickelhaupt 2). Total fouls - Day 16, W-P 17. Fouled out - Day (Lambert), W-P (Potter). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Day 36 (Smith 11), W-P 28 (Baker 8). Turnovers - Day 30, W-P 20. Assists - Day 5, W-P 4.