Waitsburg-Prescott girls fall to Asotin in tie-breaker, 40-30

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DAYTON — A disastrous second quarter proved to be the difference for Waitsburg-Prescott here Tuesday in a Southeast 2B girls basketball tie-breaker to determine the league’s third seed to the District 7/9 tournament.

Asotin outscored W-P 16-5 over the second eight minutes, and W-P got no closer than six points the rest of the way as the Panthers picked up a 40-30 win.

The win propels the Panthers (6-5 SE2B, 8-12 overall) to the first round of the District 7/9 Tournament Saturday.

W-P (5-6, 8-13) falls into a play-in game against District 7’s St. George in Colfax Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

W-P, behind senior Krystal Harris’ leadership, got out of the blocks on target and led 10-8 after one. Harris hit two 3s and scored eight of W-P’s 10.

Samantha Fedderson’s bucket broke a 10-10 tie to put W-P up 12-10 with 6:25 left in the half. Brielle Whittaker tied it for Asotin and Santana Jose’s free throw gave the Panthers a 13-12 lead.

With 4:43 left in the second, W-P’s Stacia Deal gave W-P what proved to be its last lead of the night with the conversion of two free throws for a 14-13 W-P lead.

Cheyanne Ausman hit a trey for Asotin 13 seconds later and the Panthers never trailed again. Asotin closed the half on an 11-1 run to take a 24-15 lead to the break.

W-P committed eight turnovers in that second period, connected on 1-of-10 shots from the field, and made 3-of-7 from the free-throw line in digging a hole it would not escape.

“We got off to a good start,” W-P coach Jerry Baker said. “We (then) got a little sloppy with the ball. Our free-throw shooting and our turnovers were the big killers tonight.”

W-P went 15-of-26 for the game from the line.

“Not being able to take care of the ball (hurt us),” Baker continued. “We had 17 turnovers by half, and it wasn’t like they (Asotin) were being over aggressive. It was pretty much us.”

The Panthers struggled in the third, going just 2-of-10 from the floor and 1-of-6 from the line for five points, but W-P couldn’t take advantage.

All W-P could get was three points from Sam Moss and three from Fedderson as Asotin maintained a 29-21 lead after three quarters.

Harris hit two free throws with 4:26 to play to get W-P within 33-24, but W-P turned the ball over on four of its next five possessions.

Only 58 seconds remained when Moss drained a trey to get W-P within 35-29.

With W-P forced to foul, Asotin hit 5-of-6 free throws the rest of the way to hang on for the 40-30 win.

“We still had our chances with four minutes left,” Baker said. “We just had a couple more turnovers. Then they made their free throws and we missed ours.”

Harris led W-P with 11 points.

Whittaker and Jose led the Panthers with 11 each.

Fedderson pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for W-P.

“Our season is not over. We’ve still got another chance,” Baker said of Thursday’s play-in. “We’ll need to regroup up there.”

ASOTIN 40, WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT 30

ASOTIN (40) — Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Proctor 1-4 0-0 3, Nicholas 0-5 3-4 3, Ausman 2-5 2-2 7, Martin 0-1 0-0 0, Whittaker 5-19 1-2 11, Jose 4-10 3-9 11, Weakland 1-4 3-5 5, Trzil 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-50 12-22 40.

W-P (30) — Hofer 0-2 2-2 2, Moss 2-6 1-2 6, Brannock 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-1 2-4 2, Deal 0-7 4-11 4, Harris 2-6 5-6 11, Xaudaro 0-0 0-0 0, Fedderson 2-13 1-1 5. Totals 7-35 15-26 30.

Asotin 8 16 5 11 — 40

W-P 10 5 6 9 — 30

3-point goals — Asotin 2-9 (Smith 0-1, Proctor 1-3, Nicholas 0-1, Ausman 1-1, Whittaker 0-3), W-P 3-12 (Moss 1-2, Deal 0-5, Harris 2-5). Total fouls — Asotin 20, W-P 20. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Asotin 40 (Whittaker 9), W-P 33 (Fedderson 9). Turnovers — Asotin 26, W-P 33. Assists — Asotin 7 (Ausman 3), W-P 4 (Harris 3).

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