Waitsburg-Prescott boys bury Irish, 80-40

A week after falling to Asotin, Waitsburg-Prescott demolishes DeSales, shooting 53 percent from the field.

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WAITSBURG - Waitsburg-Prescott dropped a Southeast 2B league encounter at Asotin last Saturday, but a week of practice paid dividends here Friday in boys basketball action. W-P connected on 11-of-15 shots from the field to score 31 second-quarter points, and DeSales could not keep up.

W-P went on to shoot 33-of-62 (53 percent) from the field and defeat the Irish, 80-40.

"Asotin was a rough one," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. "We had a whole week of practice and went back to day one of the year. We ran a lot of game-like situations, and today it showed."

W-P raced to an 8-2 lead before a Travis Haen triple and a Garret Leahy deuce cut the W-P lead to 8-7 with 2:30 left in the first. A Dalton Estes bucket and a coast to coast drive with a steal from Dustin Wooderchak ended the quarter with W-P up 12-7.

W-P's Sterling Eastman drained two treys in the second quarter. Zach Bartlow scored six, and eight different W-P players scored in the quarter as W-P went on a 31-19 run to lead 43-26 at intermission.

"We had a great second quarter that kind of buried them," Scott said. "We got out in transition and got some easy buckets. We pushed the ball and were able to kick it out to the trail guys and get wide open shots from the perimeter, and guys were knocking them down."

And on this night, W-P continued to shoot lights out. W-P hit 8-of-17 from the floor in the third period to outscore the Irish 17-8 and take a 60-34 lead to the fourth.

"It (W-P shooting) didn't get too much worse (after the second quarter)," Irish coach Allyn Griffin said of W-P's shooting. "We got outplayed in every phase of the game. They did (have everything going). We gave them layups because we didn't get back and we gave them second chances when they were on offense. I'm not taking anything away from them (W-P), but there are things we can do a lot better."

Nine W-P players scored and five players scored in double-digits. Bartlow led the way with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Wooderchak scored 14, Owen Lanning added 12, Eastman scored 11 and Dalton Estes added 10.

"Guys just played to their strengths tonight," Scott said. "When we do that, we look really good. Tonight, we had it going.

"We've got to come out tomorrow (Saturday) and continue the momentum," Scott said. "We're looking for another great game."

Luke Fazzari led the Irish with 10 points and Haen added nine.

"It (the loss) was a combination of things," Griffin said. "We shot very poorly and they shot very well. It happens. We've got a tough game tomorrow (Saturday) versus Dayton. We'll have to play a little harder tomorrow."

Waitsburg-Prescott 80, DeSales 40

DESALES (40) - Roach 0-4 0-0 0, Haen 3-10 2-2 9, Fazzari 3-11 3-5 10, Martinez 0-2 1-2 1, Wales 2-3 2-2 6, Leahy 1-2 0-0 2, Cox 2-4 0-1 4, Cordeiro 1-2 0-0 2, Galloway 3-9 0-4 6, Duehn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-47 8-16 40.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (80) - Eastman 4-10 0-0 11, D. Estes 4-10 2-2 10, Brown 4-7 0-0 9, Lanning 5-7 2-3 12, Acevedo 1-2 0-0 2, Zuger 0-5 2-2 2, Bartlow 8-10 2-5 18, Wooderchak 6-9 0-0 14, E. Estes 1-2 0-2 2, Leroue 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-62 8-14 80.

DeSales 7 19 8 6 - 40

Waitsburg-Prescott 12 31 17 20 - 80

3-point goals - DeS 2-18 (Roach 0-4, Haen 1-8, Fazzari 1-3, Galloway 0-3), W-P 6-22 (Eastman 3-7, D. Estes 0-4, Brown 1-1, Lanning 0-2, Acevedo 0-1, Zuger 0-5, Wooderchak 2-2). Total fouls - DeS 13, W-P 13. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - DeS 26 (Leahy 5), W-P 41 (Bartlow 12). Turnovers - DeS 18, W-P 14. Assists - DeS 6 (Galloway 2), W-P 17 (Bartlow 5).

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