WWVA boys, DeSales girls still alive at districts

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Academy boys and the DeSales girls survived to move to Saturday’s round here in Friday action at the District 7-9 2B sub-regional basketball tournament.

WWVA eliminated DeSales 60-45. The DeSales girls suffered their first loss, 40-30, to Northwest Christian. The DeSales girls met St. Georges, a 55-29 winner over Dayton Friday, at 11 a.m. Saturday for a berth in the Regional. The Knights faced Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, a 57-43 loser to St. Georges Friday, at 6 p.m. Saturday for a ticket to the 2B Regional tournament.

WWVA boys 60, Desales 45

Travis Haen and Luke Fazzari both scored five first-period points as DeSales got off to a 16-11 lead after one quarter. The Knights, who owned two regular season wins over DeSales, went to a zone defense and slowed the Irish attack, but Joey Hutton’s five in the quarter only sparked the Knights to a 13-11 advantage and the Irish went to intermission up 27-24.

“We spent so much time this week looking forward to this game that we just came out real tight,” WWVA coach Scott Wagner said of the first quarter. “Switching to the zone and working hard (helped) us just hang around. They came out and went to the basket hard. The zone kind of took away that part of their game.”

Dustin Rose’s first of three second-half triples gave the Knights their first lead of the night at 29-27 with 5:22 left in the third. The Irish responded and outscored the Knights 8-4 the rest of the way. A Cameron Richman trey gave DeSales a 35-33 lead with :32 left in the third and the Irish took that lead to the fourth.

“I wish they would’ve called the game after the third,” Irish coach Allyn Griffin said. “We played real hard. Our guys hung in there and battled hard. That’s all you can ask. We were very confident that we could win, it just didn’t turn out that way.”

Matthew Moore for the Irish, and Rose for the Knights, traded 3s to open the fourth. Following a Richman free throw, Rose added a deuce and Matt Hanson scored on a give-and-go jumper for a 40-39 WWVA lead with 5:35 to play.

The Knights were off and running.

Rose hit another triple, Jordan Shutte hit two free throws to start a streak of 12 in a row from the line for the Knights, Alex Wagner hit his first two of his eight consecutive free tosses, and WWVA opened a 47-40 lead with 3:36 left.

The Irish got within 51-45 following a Haen trey, but the Knights answered with two free throws from Hanson, a triple from Matt Cosaert to run the lead to 56-45 with 1:09 to play.

The Irish bench got hit with two technical fouls and Wagner closed this one out by draining all four free throws to get the Knights to Saturday with the 60-45 win.

“We had a lot better second half,” Wagner said. “Our kids worked hard in the zone.”

It helped that the Knights hit all 12 of their free-throw attempts in the fourth.

“That is a reflection of the work the kids put in,” Wagner said. “They go to school early and shoot. You get a moment like that because of the hours you spend in the gym.”

Rose and Wagner led the Knights with 13 each, Schutte finished with 12 including a fourth-period slam, and the Knights put together a 27-point fourth for the win.

Haen led the Irish with 12, Moore finished with 11, and Fazzari and Richman each chipped in nine. The loss ends the DeSales run and the Irish careers of seniors Reilly Roach, Haen, Fazzari, and Moore.

“We had a good year,” Griffin said. “Our seniors paved the way for people that are going to be coming through this program. They’ve helped us see things the way we have to do things. They did a tremendous job of responding (to expectations). I am extremely proud of their work ethic and how they have set the foundation for what we are going to accomplish in this program.”

Northwest Christian girls 40, DeSales 30

Northwest Christian fired home eight of its first 13 shots, and grabbed a 21-7 lead over the Irish after eight minutes in semifinals action.

The Irish outscored the Crusaders the rest of the way, but it was too big of a hole to dig out of as NWC claimed a spot in the sub-regional title game against Reardan, a 49-39 winner Friday over Colfax, and earned a trip to the regional with the win.

“I thought we came in ready,” Irish coach Tim Duncan said. “We gave up a couple of transition buckets, and they got on a little bit of a run. That got them going and got us back on our heels. Then in the second quarter we got back after it. We competed very well with them the rest of the game.”

The Irish defense limited the Crusaders to eight second-quarter points and got four from Emily Baumgart, but NWC went to the break up 29-13.

A bucket from Ashlyn Lyons and two from Allison Wujek pulled the Irish within 31-19 with 5:27 left in the third, but DeSales couldn’t get any closer, even with a Hannah Leahy deuce and a Teresa Acock coast-to-coast drive to close out the quarter.

The Irish trailed 37-24 heading to the fourth.

“I thought our girls played extremely hard,” Duncan said. “We eliminate some transition buckets and it is a different game.”

DeSales could not find enough offense to catch up.

The Irish defense forced five turnovers in the last six Crusader possessions of the game, but the offense only produced six fourth-quarter points — three free throws from Molli Lesko, one from Leahy, and a Allesyn Lyons two, which came with :15 left and ran the final to 40-30.

“There were some things that didn’t go right for us at the offensive end,” Duncan summarized. “That’s basketball. It’s a short turn around (to Saturday’s 11 a.m. tip), but we use a lot of bodies and we’ll find out how competitive of athletes we are.”

St. Georges girls 55, Dayton 29

The Dragons came out breathing fire as St. Georges hit on 6-of-9 shots from the field and got 13 points from Alex Wert to explode to a 15-9 lead over Dayton after one. For an encore, the Dragons hit 8-of-13 from the field to go on a 19-3 second-quarter run and take an insurmountable 34-12 lead at the half.

“Give them a lot of credit,” Dayton coach Clayton Strong said. “They hit shots when they had to. We didn’t have an answer for it.”

Malia Frame scored four third-quarter points for the Bulldogs as Dayton won the third period 8-7 and went on to win the fourth 13-10, but it was not enough to overcome the Dragons’ first half.

St. Georges hit 7-of-14 3-point shots for the night, and the Bulldogs only got a McKayla Bickelhaupt NBA-distance trey in the fourth period.

Too much first half as Dayton saw its season come to a close.

“Our girls played really hard,” Strong said, but his team couldn’t handle the Dragons’ height advantage. “They took advantage of it. They got the ball inside and their shooters shot the ball real well. We just didn’t have anything to counteract it.”

Wert, 5-foot-10, finished with a game-high 22 points and 6-0 Brenna Russell added 10.

Bickelhaupt led the Bulldogs with nine points, and Sarah Phillips finished with six.

Dayton finishes at 15-7 overall and seniors Jessica Tate, an injured Courtney Fuller, Bickelhaupt, Samantha Harting, and Frame ended their Bulldog careers with the tournament run.

“From where we started two years ago as a program, they have come a long way,” Strong said of his seniors. “It just stings for those five seniors. I loved coaching them. I loved how they learned to come together to play. They are going to be missed. They will have had a hand in any future success we have.”

WWVA boys 60, DeSales 45

DESALES (45) — Roach 0-1 0-0 0, Haen 3-9 3-4 12, Fazzari 3-12 2-3 9, Eskil 0-4 1-2 1, Richman 2-10 4-6 9, Cortez 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 4-13 2-4 11, Leconte 0-0 0-0 0, Galloway 1-2 0-0 3, Richard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-51 12-19 45.

WWVA (60) — Cosaert 3-8 0-0 7, Evans 1-1 0-0 2, Fitzegerald 0-0 0-0 0, Hutton 2-3 0-2 5, Rose 5-17 0-0 13, Dybdahl 0-0 0-0 0, Shutte 5-12 2-2 12, Awai 0-0 2-2 2, Hanson 2-4 2-4 6, Wagner 1-9 10-10 13. Totals 19-54 16-22 60.

DeSales 16 11 8 10 — 45

WWVA 11 13 9 27 — 60

3-point goals — DeS 7-27(Haen 3-8, Fazzari 1-3, Eskil 0-4, Richman 1-8, Moore 1-2, Galloway 1-2), WWVA 6-21 (Cosaert 1-1, Hutton 1-2, Rose 3-10, Hanson 0-1, Wagner 1-5). Total fouls — DeS 20, WWVA 16. Fouled out — DeS (Galloway). Technical fouls — DeS (Bench 2). Rebounds — DeS 33 (Moore 8), WWVA 40 (Wagner 9). Turnovers — DeS 16, WWVA 13. Assists — DeS 5 (Roach 2), WWVA 10 ( Wagner 3, Hanson 3, Cosaert 3).

Northwest Christian girls 40, DeSales 30

NWC (40) — Dietzen 2-6 0-0 5, Guske 1-6 0-0 3, C. Gray 2-6 2-3 6, Farmer 2-2 2-2 7, Knight 4-9 0-3 8, Bozlee 2-7 0-0 6, M. Gray 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 15-42 4-8 40.

DESALES (30) — Baumgart 3-6 0-1 6, B. Lyons 0-4 0-0 0, Acock 1-3 0-0 2, Conley 1-2 0-0 2, Lesko 0-1 4-6 4, All. Lyons 1-4 0-0 2, Wujek 3-7 0-2 6, Leahy 1-1 1-2 3, Ash. Lyons 2-13 0-0 5. Totals 12-41 5-11 30.

NWC 21 8 8 3 — 40

DeS 7 6 11 6 — 30

3-point goals — NWC 6-12 (Dietzen 1-3, Guske 1-2, Farmer 1-1, Knight 0-1, Bozlee 2-3, M. Gray 1-2), DeS 1-14 (Ash. Lyons 1-7, All. Lyons 0-1, Acock 0-2, B. Lyons 0-3, Baumgart 0-1). Total fouls — NWC 18, DeS 10. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — NWC 36 (Dietzen 15), DeS 26 (Baumgart 7). Turnovers — NWC 19, DeS 16. Assists — NWC 8 (Knight 3), DeS 5 (Conley 2).

St. Georges girls 55, Dayton 29

DAYTON (29) — Hovrud 0-2 0-0 0, Tate 1-8 1-2 3, Ramirez 0-0 0-0 0, Andrews 0-1 0-0 0, Bickelhaupt 3-10 2-3 9, Phillips 3-7 0-0 6, Harting 2-5 1-2 5, Robins 0-0 0-0 0, Frame 3-3 0-4 6, Ward 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-37 4-11 29.

ST. GEORGES (55) — Stamper 3-5 0-0 9, Hayes 1-4 0-0 2, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Rankin 0-3 0-0 0, Myklebust 0-1 0-0 0, Kwasman 3-6 0-0 7, Wert 9-12 1-2 22, Moye 0-0 0-0 0, Tender 0-1 0-0 0, Armitage 1-2 1-4 3. Totals 23-44 2-6 55.

Dayton 9 3 7 10 — 29

St. Georges 15 19 8 13 — 55

3-point goals — Day 1-8 (Hovrud 0-1, Tate 0-3, Bickelhaupt 1-3, Phillips 0-1), St. G 7-14 (Stamper 3-4, Kwasman 1-4, Wert 3-6). Total fouls — Day 5, St. G 12. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Day 20 (Harting 4), St. G 30 (Russell 4, Wert 4, Kwasman 4). Turnovers — Day 13, St. G 13. Assists — Day 5 (Tate 3), St. G 18 ( Hayes 4, Wert 4).

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