Bombers drop Wa-Hi girls

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RICHLAND - It was bombs away Tuesday night, as the Richland Bombers launched 22 3-pointers at the Wa-Hi girls in a 54-51 Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A victory in Richland.

Just seven of said 3s landed on target, but it was enough to edge out the Blue Devils (7-2 CBBN 4A, 12-5 overall) and drop Wa-Hi into second place in the CBBN 4A standings.

"We lost a tough one at Richland," Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said in an email. "They have the ability to shoot the ball and hit quite a few 3s on us."

The match was tied at 22-all coming out of the half, but Richland (4-3, 8-6) went on an 18-13 run through the third to set up a 40-35 lead going into the final frame.

The Bombers scored six straight points to start the fourth and extend the lead to 46-35, Richland's largest of the night, but then Wa-Hi rallied to a 16-8 finish.

"I was proud of the way they (Wa-Hi) kept battling and gave ourselves a chance to win down the stretch," Meliah said. "It just didn't happen."

Wa-Hi shot 36 percent from the field, actually outshooting the Bombers' 34 percent, but landed just one 3 on seven attempts, a jumper from freshman Mikayla Ferenz.

Richland's Britney Pringle hit three 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

Post Torri Crawford rebounded from her 2-for-13 night Saturday night to lead the Blue Devils with 20 points on five field goals and a 10-of-12 performance from the line.

Wa-Hi faces Davis (3-4 CBBN 4A, 5-9) Friday night in Yakima at 7:30 p.m.

Richland 54, Wa-Hi 51

WA-HI (51) - Greene 3-6 2-2 8, Crawford 5-13 10-12 20, Molitor 1-3 2-2 4, Doepker 2-4 0-0 4, M. Ferenz 3-5 0-0 7, Hodnefield 0-1 0-0 0, Jimenez 0-2 0-0 0, Sirmon 2-7 0-2 4, K. Ferenz 1-2 2-4 4, Hamada 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 17-47 16-22 51.

RICHLAND (54) - Croskey 2-5 0-0 6, Catone 4-5 1-2 9, Manning 0-3 0-0 0, Corrigan 2-7 0-0 6, Pringle 5-20 5-6 18, Weitz 1-4 2-3 4, Duckworth 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 3-6 5-6 11. Totals 17-50 13-17 54.

Wa-Hi 14 8 13 16 - 51

Richland 12 10 18 14 - 54

3-point goals - Wa-Hi 1-7 (M. Ferenz), Ric 7-22 (Pringle 3, Croskey 2, Corrigan 2). Total fouls - Wa-Hi 16, Ric 14. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Wa-Hi 35 (M. Ferenz 5), Ric 31 (Weitz 7). Turnovers - Wa-Hi 17, Ric 16. Assists - Wa-Hi 12 (M. Ferenz 8), Ric 14 (Pringle 5).

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