So Close! Wa-Hi girls narrowly miss out on district championships

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PASCO — Wa-Hi’s girls basketball team experienced a rough fourth quarter here Saturday night and suffered a 49-46 loss to Chiawana in the championship game of the Mid-Columbia Conference district tournament.

The Blue Devils’ Maddy Doepker had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but had a game-tying 3-point attempt blocked.

Wa-Hi (19-4) shot just 19 percent (3-of-16) in the final period and was outscored 16-9.

“It was a really good high school basketball game,” Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said. “We just came out on the short end.”

The Blue Devils led 11-9 after one quarter, but were outscored 13-6 in the second quarter and trailed 22-17 at halftime.

Wa-Hi came out of the locker room and reclaimed the lead thanks to a 20-point third quarter. The Blue Devils led 37-33 after three.

“We were tentative in the first half,” Meliah said. “In the second half, we adjusted. We looked to attack (the basket) and make something happen.

“In the fourth quarter, we got leg heavy,” Meliah said. “We got a little foul happy and that’s never a good thing.”

Both teams shot poorly from the field. Wa-Hi shot 22 percent (14-of-63) and the Riverhawks sank just 23 percent of their shots (14-of-62).

“For the most part, our defense was solid,” Meliah said. “We got some good stops.”

Doepker led Wa-Hi with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Maddy Sirmon added 11 and an equal number of boards.

The Blue Devils will host a Greater Spokane League opponent for an elimination game on Friday at 6 p.m. The opponent will be known by mid-week.

CHIAWANA 49, WA-HI 46

WA-HI (46) — Hodenfield 1-6 0-0 3, Greene 0-1 0-2 0, Crawford 1-12 6-8 8, Molitor 1-2 0-0 2, Mi. Ferenz 1-9 4-4 6, Sirmon 3-10 5-5 11, Doepker 6-17 2-4 14, K. Ferenz 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 14-63 17-23 46.

CHIAWANA (49) — B. Hodgins 3-9 2-2 11, Perez 1-3 0-0 3, D. Hodgins 5-23 12-13 22, Pink 0-5 0-0 0, Alferness 1-4 0-0 2, B. Gonzalez 3-11 1-2 9, Roach 0-0 0-0 0, Sullivan 1-1 0-0 2, J. Gonzalez 0-5 0-0 0, Cartwright 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 14-62 15-19 49.

Wa-Hi 11 6 20 9 — 46

Chiawana 9 13 11 16 — 49

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 1-10 (Hodenfield 1-6, Mi. Ferenz 0-3, Doepker 0-1), Chiawana 6-25 (B. Hodgins 3-5, B. Gonzalez 2-5, Perez 1-3, Alferness 0-1, J. Gonzalez 0-2, D. Hodgins 0-4, Pink 0-5). Total fouls—Wa-Hi 12, Chiawana 17. Fouled out— Wa-Hi (Sirmon). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Wa-Hi 64 (Doepker 14), Chiawana 44 (D. Hodgins 6, Sullivan 6). Turnovers—Wa-Hi 14, Chiawana 6. Assists— Wa-Hi 8 (Mi. Ferenz 4), Chiawana 6 (D. Hodgins 4).

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