Blue Devil girls coast past Kennewick, 50-27

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WALLA WALLA — Mikayla Ferenz scored 14 points while Torri Crawford added 12 and Madi Doepker recorded a double-double ­— with 11 points and 10 rebounds — as Wa-Hi coasted to a 50-27 victory over Kennewick in Mid-Columbia Conference girls basketball action Saturday night in the Blue Devil gym.

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Harried by Kennewick Lions defense, Wa-Hi’s Madi Doepker pulls down a rebound during the second half Saturday night.

Wa-Hi upped its league record to 6-2 and overall mark to 12-2 with Saturday’s conquest.

On Friday, the Blue Devils lost at Kamiakin, 63-55, despite 17 points from Ferenz.

“The girls played hard (Friday) night,” Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said.

The Blue Devils started slowly on Saturday, but led 10-7 after one quarter, only to watch the Lions take an 11-10 edge with 6:15 left in the second period.

But in the final 5:24 of the frame, Wa-Hi went on an 18-2 blitz to take control of the game. Ferenz and Crawford tallied five points apiece as the Blue Devils zoomed into halftime with a 28-13 lead.

“We woke up,” Meliah said. “It’s hard to play (on Saturday) after playing Friday night, but we have to be able to mentally overcome that. It took us a quarter to do that.”

Wa-Hi stretched its lead to 23 points, 42-19, by the end of the third quarter and kept that margin intact at the final buzzer.

The Blue Devils held Kennewick to just nine field goals and 21-percent shooting from the field.

“We started executing,” Meliah said. “Defensive stops. That’s what gets our offense going. We went to a man (defense). We’re better in our man defense.”

Wa-Hi hosts Southridge on Tuesday.

WA-HI 50, KENNEWICK 27

KENNEWICK (27) — Norwood 1-6 0-2 2, Taimani 2-3 0-1 4, Albertin 0-0 0-0 0, Osmundson 2-11 4-8 8, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Kump 2-12 2-2 7, Ines 0-0 0-0 0, Sanders 1-6 0-0 3, Hicks 0-0 0-0 0, Templeton 0-0 0-0 0, Valerio 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 9-42 6-13 27.

WA-HI (50) — Hodenfield 0-5 2-2 2, Greene 0-4 1-4 1, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 5-12 2-4 12, Molitor 1-4 0-0 2, McDaniels 0-0 0-0 0, M. Ferenz 5-11 2-2 14, Sirmon 1-4 2-2 4, Patton 0-1 0-1 0, Doepker 5-11 1-3 11, Kennedy 0-1 0-0 0, K. Ferenz 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 19-58 10-18 50.

Kennewick 7 6 6 8 — 27

Wa-Hi 10 18 14 8 — 50

3-point goals — Kennewick 3-13 (Sanders 1-3, Valerio 1-3, Kump 1-5, Osmundson 0-2), Wa-Hi 2-11 (M. Ferenz 2-4, Kennedy 0-1, K. Ferenz 0-2, Hodnefield 0-4). Total fouls—Kennewick 16, Wa-Hi 15. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—Kennewick (bench). Rebounds— Kennewick 29 (Taimani 5), Wa-Hi 50 (Doepker 10). Turnovers—Kennewick 18, Wa-Hi 12. Assists— Kennewick 3 (Norwood, Kump, Valerio), Wa-Hi 9 (M. Ferenz 3).

KAMIAKIN 63, WALLA WALLA 55

WALLA WALLA (55) — K. Ferenz 2-4 0-0 4, Doepker 1-8 2-3 4, Sirmon 6-12 1-1 13, M. Ferenz 6-12 5-6 17, Molitor 1-2 1-2 3, Crawford 3-4 1-2 7, Greene 0-2 0-0 0, Hodenfield 3-6 1-4 7. Totals 22-50 5-9 55.

KAMIAKIN (63) — Miller 1-4 2-2 4, Schauble 4-8 1-4 9, Toure 8-14 4-6 21, Oord 0-2 0-0 0, Ellison 2-7 3-4 8, Nelson 8-21 2-6 21. Totals 23-56 13-21 63.

Wa-Hi 16 13 5 21 — 55

Kamiakin 17 20 16 10 — 63

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 6-14 (Doepker 0-2, Sirmon 0-1, M. Ferenz 5-6, Greene 0-1, Hodenfield 1-4), Kam 4-12 (Toure 1-2, Ellison 1-4, Nelson 2-6). Total fouls — Wa-Hi 19, Kam 14. Fouled out — Wa-Hi (K. Ferenz), (Ellison). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Wa-Hi 37 (Sirmon 6), Kam 30 (Nelson 9). Assists — Wa-Hi 11, Kam 6 (Nelson 4). Turnovers — Wa-Hi 25, Kam 16.

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