DeSales girls hammer Walla Walla Valley Academy

The Irish girls shut out the Knights in the first half and cruise to a 51-14 SE2B victory Tuesday night.



DeSales' Hannah Leahy (right) wrestles with Walla Walla Valley Academy's Amy Arnzen for possession of the ball moments before a jump-ball is whistled during the second half of their Tuesday game.

WALLA WALLA - DeSales pitched a first-half shutout here Tuesday in girls Southeast 2B basketball action.

Annie Higgins drained a trey 15 seconds into the game and the Irish were off and running.

DeSales blanked Walla Walla Valley Academy 27-0 over the first two quarters and went on to post a 51-14 Southeast 2B victory.

"We had good looks, but nothing went," Knights coach Monty Buell said of the first half. "The score was brutal, but we only had three turnovers against their press in the first half. We handled it (the press) well. We just couldn't get the ball in the basket. Sometimes there are nights like that."

The Irish defense held the Knights to 0-of-16 shooting from the floor over the first 16 minutes.

The Irish got five points from Higgins in the first quarter and five from Claire Konen in the second to grab the insurmountable 27-0 lead at intermission.

"Our kids played with a lot of patience offensively," DeSales coach Tim Duncan said. "There were some things they were giving us that we wanted to explore, and our kids did a pretty good job of that."

Kristianna Buell got a put-back with 6:30 to play in the third quarter to break the WWVA drought, but that was it for the third period.

Stephanie Ferrel scored four and Higgins added five over the third, and DeSales lengthened the lead to 38-2 heading to the fourth quarter.

The Knights got a little offensive rhythm going as Amy Arnzen hit two consecutive treys, Buell scored four, and Megan Gregg hit a bucket.

Hannah Leahy answered for the Irish with eight of her game-high 12 in the fourth as DeSales stretched the lead to the final 51-14 margin.

Arnzen and Buell, with six points apiece, led the Knights, but WWVA drops to 1-5 in league and travels to first-place Asotin Thursday.

"DeSales moved the ball extremely well," coach Buell said. "They have some kids that can shoot the 3, and they play shut-down defense."

Higgins finished with 10 points for the Irish and Chantel Blanc scored nine and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Irish improve to 5-1, one game behind undefeated and 6-0 Asotin, and travel to Tri-Cities Prep Saturday.

"We're in pretty good shape," Duncan said about being 5-1 after the first round of league play. "We stressed a lot at the beginning of the year that the league title is not won in December, it's won in late January and early February. That's when we want to be playing well. Right now, that kind of looks like what we're doing."

DeSales 51, Walla Walla Valley Academy 14

WALLA WALLA VALLEY ACADEMY (14) - Woolever 0-3 0-0 0, Arnzen 2-12 0-0 6, Croft 0-2 0-0 0, Buell 2-10 2-3 6, Hellie 0-4 0-0 0, Gregg 1-2 0-0 2, Field 0-7 0-0 0, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 5-41 2-3 14.

DESALES (51) - Konen 1-3 3-3 5, Higgins 4-7 0-0 10, B. Lyons 0-6 0-0 0, Lesko 0-2 0-0 0, Blanc 3-11 0-1 9, Wujek 2-9 2-2 6, Leahy 5-6 2-2 12, A. Lyons 1-5 3-4 5, Ferrel 1-4 2-4 4. Totals 17-53 12-16 51.

WWVA 0 0 2 12 - 14

DeSales 11 16 11 13 - 51

3-point goals - WWVA 2-16 (Arnzen 2-7, Croft 0-2, Buell 0-1, Field 0-6), DeS 5-29 (Konen 0-2, Higgins 2-5, B. Lyons 0-6, Lesko 0-2, Blanc 3-11, Ferrel 0-3). Total fouls - WWVA 15, DeS 14. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWVA 31 (Arnzen 6, Field 6), DeS 45 (Blanc 10). Turnovers - WWVA 19, DeS 13. Assists - WWVA 3, DeS 10 (Blanc 3).


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