Blue Devil girls smash Pendleton, 64-24

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WALLA WALLA — More than 10 days had passed since Wa-Hi last played a game, but that didn’t matter Tuesday night as the Blue Devils posted their most dominating win of the season yet.

The Wa-Hi girls shut Pendleton down cold, 64-24, in the Blue Devils’ final non-conference game before hosting Chiawana Friday night.

“I was a little bit worried just because we had a week-and-a-half off, but I thought the girls came out really strong,” Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said.

“We were able to run our transition all game long,” Meliah said. “We were able to press the entire first half. We had a couple of girls make some steals and our defense was just outstanding tonight, which led to a lot of chances on offense.”

Madi Doepker and Torri Crawford led the way for the Blue Devils (4-0) on offense with 17 and 16 points, respectively.

“Madi runs the floor so well,” Meliah said of Doepker. “She’s a multi-threat player: she can shoot, she can drive to the basket and she can pass, and she so she definitley showed all those weapons tonight.”

Meliah had been waiting for Crawford to have the type of game she had Tuesday night as she hit all eight of her shots from the field.

“I thought this was Torri’s break-out game of the season,” Meliah said. “She aso ran the floor really well, faced up to the basket well, and made some nice moves, so it was nice to see her breakout offensively tonight.”

The Blue Devils dominated the match from the outset, including a 20-1 romp in the second quarter.

Meliah said the run was, in part, due to a new press defense Wa-Hi installed during its extended break.

“We went to a more aggressive press, and that helped us be a litte more aggressive in nature,” Meliah said. “We looked to score more and we got more stops and we could get out and run more.”

The Blue Devils also controlled the boards, outrebounding the Buckaroos 35-to-23.

“The other focus tonight was working really hard on blocking out and limiting offensive rebounds,” Meliah said. “We only allowed seven (offensive) rebounds tonight and I was really proud of the girls for improving in that area.”

Between the added pressure and rebounding advantage Wa-Hi possessed, the Blue Devils took 18 more shots than the Bucks. Wa-Hi hit 48.1 percent of its field goals while holding Pendleton to a 25 percent night from the field.

All eight Blue Devils played and all scored at least three points.

Wa-Hi tips off its Mid-Columbia Conference opener with the Riverhawks Friday at 5:45 p.m.

“That’s going to be a good game,” Meliah said. “That’s our league opener and Chiawana is always good. It will be a true test for us right off the bat.”

WA-HI 64, PENDLETON 24

PENDLETON (24) — McDonald 3-6 0-0 6, Corbett 4-13 3-4 12, Fowler 0-2 0-0 0, Spencer 0-1 0-0 0, Lindsey 1-5 1-3 3, Richards 0-2 0-1 0, Lehnert 1-6 1-4 3. Totals 9-36 7-28 24.

WA-HI (64) — K. Ferenz 3-5 0-0 7, Doepker 6-11 4-4 17, Sirmon 1-7 2-2 4, M. Ferenz 3-10 0-0 6, Molitar 1-4 0-0 3, Crawford 8-8 0-1 16, Greene 2-3 1-2 5, Hodnefield 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 26-54 7-9 64.

Pendleton 6 1 12 5 — 24

Wa-Hi 15 20 15 14 — 64

3-point goals — Pen 2-8 (Corbett 1-2, Lindsey 1-3), WW 5-14 (K. Ferenz 1-1, Doepker 1-3, Molitar 1-1, Hodnefield 2-5). Total fouls— Pen 10, WW 8. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Pen 23 (McDonald 4, Corbett 4), WW 35 (K. Ferenz 3, Greene 3). Turnovers—Pen 17, WW 8. Assists— WW 10 (M. Ferenz 3, Crawford 3).

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