Knights girls rally to SE2B win over Pats

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COLLEGE PLACE - Amy Arnzen and Kristi Buell scored five points each in the final four minutes here Tuesday night as Walla Walla Valley Academy rallied for a 28-24 victory over Liberty Christian in a girls Southeast 2B District basketball game.

It was the first league victory of the season for the Knights, who now stand 1-4 in the district and 5-5 overall. The Patriots slipped to 0-4 and 2-10.

"Liberty Christian is a very young team," WWVA assistant coach Lloyd Redberg said. "They start two eighth graders. They are going to be a force."

Arnzen finished with 11 points to lead the Knights in scoring and Megan Gregg was also in double figures with 10 points, all of them coming in the first half.

"I thought Gregg had one of her better games of the season," Redberg said. "She got all of her points in the paint, but Liberty Christian took that away from us in the second half and we didn't adjust."

Gregg's work around the offensive basket enabled WWVA to build a 16-10 halftime lead. But Liberty Christian held the Knights to a single field goal in the third period - Hannah Woolever scored it with 25 seconds remaining - and the teams went to the fourth quarter knotted at 18-18.

The Patriots then scored the first six points of the final period to fashion a 24-18 advantage before Arnzen and Buell combined to score the final 10 points to the game and lift WWVA to the win.

"Arnzen never came out of the game," Redberg said. "And she played tough defense the whole game."

Deborah Croskrey and Jayren Moore scored seven points each to lead Liberty Christian.

The Knights return to action next Tuesday when they visit DeSales for a district game.

WWVA 28, Liberty Christian 24

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (24) - Loera 2 0-0 4, S. Croskrey 3 0-4 6, D. Croskrey 2 1-2 7, Amber Schmitt 0 0-0 0, Moore 2 3-6 7, Williams 0 0-0 0, Amanda Schmitt 0 0-0 0, Simunds 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 4-12 24.

WALLA WALLA (28) - Woolever 1 0-0 2, Arnzen 5 1-3 11, Croft 0 0-0 0, Buell 2 1-5 5, Hellie 0 0-0 0, Gregg 3 4-6 10, Thompson 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 6-14 28.

Liberty Christian 4 6 8 6 - 24

Walla Walla 8 8 2 10 - 28

3-point goals - LC (D. Croskrey). Total fouls - LC 12, WWVA 11. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWVA 24 (Arnsen 7), LC 22 (Moore 5). Turnovers - WWVA 16, LC 14.

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