DeSales girls shoot past Darrington to Hardwood Classic

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MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. – DeSales defeated Darrington in the regional round of the WIAA Class 2B playoffs, 51-33, Friday night in Mountlake Terrace, Wash.

The Irish (18-6 overall, 9-1 in league) got 21 points from guard Ashlyn Lyons, who hit five 3-pointers in the rout. Allison Wujek scored 10 points in the paint and led the team with six assists, reflective of the attention the 6-foot post garnered in the post.

“In the second half she played really well offensively,” DeSales coach Tim Duncan said of Wujek. “Then they started sagging and she started finding the open person on the perimeter.”

That open person was Lyons, whose 21 points was likely a career high, Duncan said.

“She's (Lyons) been struggling on the perimeter all year, and we've been working with her,” Ducan said. “You see it coming in practice, but it's a lot harder to put it together in a game. But you could see it today.”

Molli Lesko scored 10 points to round out the Irish players in double figures.

And the Irish, who allowed just 32 points a game in districts, continued their defensive dominance in the win.

DeSales opened a two-point lead after one quarter but went to the half up 20-10 after allowing just four points in the second quarter.

“Same old thing, our kids just work their tales off on the defensive end of the floor,” Duncan said. “Some of the fundamentals that we worked on coming into the game, we didn't execute well. But sometimes defense is just hard work, and even when we made mistakes, we still worked hard and those mistakes ended up getting corrected.”

Darrington chipped away at DeSales' lead in the third, outscoring the Irish 14-13 in the period, but DeSales exploded for 18 points in the fourth to put an exclamation point on the victory.

DeSales outrebounded the Loggers 33-28, led by Wujek who had 15 boards to complete the double-double.

The Irish now play in the Hardwood Classic in Spokane Thursday. Seeding for the Classic will be released after a WIAA meeting Sunday.

“Every year you begin your year and you set a goal to end your year in Spokane, that's what its all about,” Duncan said. “We knew that if we played to our potential, this was a realistic goal.”

DESALES 51, DARRINGTON 33

DESALES (51) – Baumgart 0 0-1 0, Br. Lyons 0 0-0 0, Acock 3 0-0 6, Conley 0 0-0 0, Lesko 2 5-8 10, Al. Lyons 1 1-2 4, Wujek 5 0-0 10, Leahy 0 0-2 0, As. Lyons 7 2-2 21. Totals 18 8-15 51.

DARRINGTON – Ford 0 0-0 0, Cousins 0 0-2 0, Valencia 0 0-0 0, Anderson 3 1-2 8, Wilson 3 0-0 7, Williamson 0 0-0 0, Miles 4 0-1 8, Franke 2 0-1 4, Stafford 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 1-7 33.

DeSales 8 12 13 18 – 51

Darrington 6 4 14 9 – 33

3-point goals – DeS 7 (Lesko, Al. Lyons, As. Lyons 5), Dar 2 (Anderson, Wilson). Total fouls – DeS 11, Dar 17. Fouled out – Dar (Anderson). Technical fouls – none. Rebounding – DeS 33 (Wujek 15), Dar 28 (Stafford 6). Turnovers – DeS 19, Dar 23. Assists – DeS 18 (Wujek 6), Dar 9 (Miles 2).

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