Bulldogs down Irish girls for third seed to regional

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WALLA WALLA — Colfax pitched a shutout over the last eight minutes to thwart a DeSales third-quarter run here Monday in District 7-9 sub-regional girls basketball tournament action.

The Bulldogs took a 41-22 win and claimed the No. 3 seed to the regional tournament.

The Irish, with the loss, enters regional play as the No. 4 seed.

Colfax travels to Sunnyside Friday to meet White Swan.

DeSales plays at Mountlake Terrace Friday at 6 p.m. against 18-4 Darrington.

Both winners advance to the Elite Eight in Spokane Feb. 28-March 2.

The Irish went on a 4-0 run to open the game as Emily Baumgart drained a trey and Allison Wujek added a free throw.

The Bulldogs got it tied behind a Kori Goodwin runner at 6-6.

A pair of free throws by Allesyn Lyons produced the last lead of the night for the Irish at 8-6 with 1:50 left in the period.

The Bulldogs closed the quarter on a 6-1 run and led 12-9 after one.

The Irish coughed up the ball eight times against the Colfax full-court pressure in the second period, and only got a bucket from Teresa Acock and free throws from Acock and Ashlyn Lyons as the Bulldogs closed the half up 25-13.

DeSales got treys from Brigit Lyons and Acock and held the Bulldogs to four points as the Irish crept back into this one, trailing 30-22 after three quarters.

“We competed,” Irish coach Tim Duncan said of the third period. “We started attacking them better. Then all of a sudden it just stopped. We didn’t want to make plays offensively.”

The Bulldogs went on an 11-0 run to close this one out.

At the other end, DeSales missed all eight of its fourth-quarter shots and turned the ball over seven times.

The Bulldogs’ Amelie Bruya led all scorers with 12.

Acock’s six led DeSales, but 27 turnovers proved too much to overcome.

“I don’t think it was the press,” Duncan said of the turnovers. “We did some poor things that I thought were unforced. We forgot to skip the ball (on offense) from guard to the backside guard. If we skip the ball, we had some stuff.”

Playing perennial power Colfax provides the Irish a competitive tune-up for Friday’s regional.

“This (game) was absolutely wonderful,” Duncan said. “They are a top-notch program. This was a great chance for our kids to compete against the best.”

Colfax 41, DeSales 22

COLFAX (41) — Cai 0-6 0-0 0, Goodwin 1-3 0-0 2, Mackleit 0-5 0-0 0, Sheer 3-11 0-2 8, Larsen 2-4 5-6 9, Robinson 1-6 0-0 3, Huber 1-5 5-7 7, Schmidt 0-1 0-0 0, Bruya 5-9 0-0 12. Totals 13-50 10-15 41.

DESALES (22) — Baumgart 1-4 0-0 3, James 0-0 0-0 0, B. Lyons 1-3 0-0 3, Acock 2-7 1-3 6, Conley 0-1 0-0 0, Lesko 0-1 0-0 0, All. Lyons 0-1 3-6 3, Wujek 1-3 2-6 4, Leahy 0-1 0-0 0, Ash. Lyons 1-5 1-2 3, Lizardi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 6-26 7-17 22.

Colfax 12 13 5 11 — 41

DeSales 9 4 9 0 — 22

3-point goals — Col 5-15 (Cai 0-2, Mackleit 0-3, Sheer 2-3, Robinson 1-4, Bruya 2-3), DeS 3-16 (Baumgart 1-4, B. Lyons 1-3, Acock 1-4, Leahy 0-1, Ash. Lyons 0-4). Total fouls — Col 12, DeS 11. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Col 32 (Sheer 9), DeS 32 (Wujek 8). Turnovers — Col 11, DeS 27. Assists — Col 8 (Robinson 3), DeS 3 (Ash. Lyons 2).

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