Wa-Hi nails six consecutive free throws, wins 66-60

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School broke into the win column here Saturday in non-league girls basketball action. The Blue Devils hit their last six free throws to hold off Moses Lake and earn a 66-60 win.

Maddy Sirmon led the Blue Devils with a double-double — 20 points and 10 boards — and Mikayla Ferenz chipped in another 17 points. Madi Doepker contributed 12 points.

After dropping an overtime decision to Lewiston and a one-point decision to Davis on Friday, the win improved Wa-Hi to 1-2 on the season.

“It (the win) feels pretty good,” assistant coach Conor Fish said. “The win came against the toughest of the three teams we’ve played. For the first time, we really executed what we wanted to do tonight.”

Head coach Jill Meliah was unavailable for comment after the game.

The Blue Devils went the last six minutes of the first without scoring, but the Chiefs only led 11-7 after one. Wa-Hi got seven from Mikayla Ferenz and six from Doepker in the second to stay in the hunt and trail 27-22 at the half.

Sirmon, from inside, and Jaiden Hodnefield, from outside, ignited a 27 point Blue Devil third period. Hodnefield buried two triples and Sirmon scored 12 of her game high 20 in the quarter. Sirmon hit everything as she went four-of-four from the floor and three-of-three from the free throw line.

Wa-Hi used the 27-15 third-period run to wipe out the five point half time deficit and take a 49-42 lead to the fourth.

“We wanted to get more paint points and more looks in the key,” Fish said. “The third quarter was huge. We made some adjustments at the half. Talked about putting some pressure on and we were able to get some turnovers off that. Jaiden turned on her offense. Maddy did a nice job of going up strong and getting to the free throw line.”

The Chiefs battled back and after McKenna Walker hit one of two free throws, the Chief were within 62-60 with 32 ticks left. The Chiefs sent the Blue Devils to the free throw line and Wa-Hi responded. Kate Ferenz drilled two as she culminated a six-of-six night from the line with 30 seconds left. Doepker iced the 66-60 Wa-Hi win with two more with 18 seconds to play. At the other end, the Chiefs had their opportunities but missed their last four free throws.

“At the end, we were really clutch with our free throws,” Fish added. “We were securing the ball and getting to the line and knocking them down when we needed to. We still have some situational work to take care of (two Blue Devil turnovers and two fouls in the last 40 seconds). Moses is a good team and they fly around and do a good job at the end of the game.

“This is a big win for us right now,” Fish continued. “We didn’t expect to be 0-2 to start the season.“

Walker led the Chiefs with 14.

On Friday, the Blue Devils almost roared back from a 34-24 halftime deficit to overtake the Davis Pirates. A furious last minute Blue Devil rally fell just short as the Pirates hung on for a 53-52 win. Mikayla Ferenz led Wa-Hi with 23 points.

The Blue Devils travel to Pendleton for a non-league game Tuesday.

Wa-Hi 66, Moses Lake 60

MOSES LAKE (60) — A. Overland 3 0-2 6, Tudor 0 0-0 0, S. Overland 0 0-0 0, Bishop 0 0-0 0, Loera 3 5-6 12, Walker 5 3-6 14, Koon 2 3-5 11, clark 1 0-1 2, LeFave 1 0-0 2, Stevens 2 2-2 6. Totals 22-52 13-22 60.

WA-HI (66) — Hodnefield 3 0-0 8, Davis 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Molitor 0 3-6 3, McDaniels 0 0-0 0, M. Ferenz 5 5-7 17, Sirmon 7 5-5 20, Doepker 4 4-5 12, Patton 0 0-0 0, K. Ferenz 0 6-6 6. Totals 19-47 17-29 66.

Moses Lake 11 16 15 18 — 60

Wa-Hi 7 15 27 17 — 66

3-point goals — ML 3 (Loera, Walker, Olson), WW 5 ( M. Ferenz 2, Hodnefield 2, Sirmon). Total fouls — ML 24, WW 24. Fouled out — ML (Clark), WW (Doepker). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds — ML 22 (Koon 4), WW 31 (Sirmon 10). Turnovers — ML 20, WW 19. Assists — ML 10 (Loera), WW 10 (Sirmon 3).

Davis 53, Wa-Hi 52

WA-HI (52) — Hodnefield 2, Davis, Kennedy, Molitor 5, McDaniels, M. Ferenz 23, Sirmon 1, Doepker 15, Patton, K. Ferenz 6.

DAVIS (53) — Greene 15, Martinez 1, Gratton 8, Perez 16, Billups 9, Fowler 4.

Wa-Hi 11 13 14 14 — 52

Davis 18 16 8 11 — 53

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