Crawford leads Wa-Hi past Hanford

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RICHLAND — Wa-Hi ended a stretch of five games in eight days with a pair of road victories over the weekend.

The Blue Devils, No. 10 in the state in the latest Associated Press Class 4A poll, improved to 12-2 in the Mid-Columbia Conference and 15-2 overall after a 59-43 triumph at Hanford.

The Blue Devils led by just five, 38-33, heading into the fourth quarter, but pulled away with a 21-10 scoring advantage in the final period.

Wa-Hi ended the night 18-of-21 from the free-throw line while the Falcons went just 11-of-22.

“We talked about being aggressive,” Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah said. “The more that we can get to the line, the better. I challenged them in the fourth quarter, and they focused and executed. They always believe they’re going to win.

“In the first quarter, we were hot,” Meliah said. “Our high-low game was successful. In the fourth quarter, we (went) back to our high-low game.”

Wa-Hi prevailed despite losing posts Torri Crawford and Madi Doepker because of fouls. Crawford paced the Blue Devils with 18 points and Doepker added 13.

“Our guards stepped up and played really well,” Meliah said.

On Friday, Wa-Hi buried Pasco, 59-15.

The Blue Devils play at Richland on Friday before hosting Kamiakin next Saturday.

WALLA WALLA 59, HANFORD 43

WALLA WALLA (59) — K. Ferenz 2-4 3-3 7, Doepker 6-11 1-2 13, Sirmon 1-5 3-4 5, M. Ferenz 3-16 3-3 10, Molitor 1-2 1-1 3, Crawford 5-12 8-9 18, Greene 0-0 0-0 0, Hodenfield 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 19-52 18-21 59.

HANFORD (43) — Winsor 0-1 2-2 2, Gall 4-21 8-13 16, Foraker 1-1 0-0 2, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Roueche 1-2 0-0 2, Steele 5-8 3-6 13, Shintaffer 3-9 0-2 7, Hall 0-4 0-2 0, Stewart 0-4 1-4 2. Totals 14-51 11-22 43.

Wa-Hi 12 9 17 21 — 59

Hanford 8 13 12 10 — 43

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 3-9 (M. Ferenz 1-7, Molitor 1-1, Hodenfield 1-1), Hanford 4-12 (Gall 0-2, Roueche 0-1, Steele 3-6, Shintaffer 0-2, Hall 0-1, Stewart 0-1). Total fouls — Wa-Hi 17, Hanford 11. Fouled out — Wa-Hi (Crawford), Hanford (Winsor). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Wa-Hi 44 (Crawford 7), Hanford 37 (Gall 6). Assists — Wa-Hi 17 (M. Ferenz 8), Hanford 11 (Steele 4). Turnovers — Wa-Hi 9, Hanford 9.

WALLA WALLA 59, PASCO 15

WALLA WALLA (59) — K. Ferenz 4-6 1-1 9, Kennedy 0-0 0-0 0, Doepker 6-16 2-2 14, Patton 1-1 0-0 2, Sirmon 4-5 1-1 9, M. Ferenz 7-9 2-2 17, McDaniels 0-2 0-0 0, Molitor 0-2 1-3 1, Crawford 3-4 0-0 6, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Greene 0-1 1-2 1, Hodnefield 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 25-46 8-11 59.

PASCO (15) — Ke. Swentik 0-0 0-0 0, Sullivan 1-2 0-0 2, Ayala 1-3 0-2 2, Rodriguez 1-8 2-4 4, Cruz 2-4 1-2 5, Kr. Swentik 0-0 0-0 0, Perez 0-0 0-0 0, Martinez 0-4 0-0 0, Garza 0-0 0-0 0, Gonzalez 1-2 0-0 2, Lopez 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 6-25 3-8 15.

Wa-Hi 23 20 13 3 — 59

Pasco 0 4 2 9 — 15

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 1-7 (K. Ferenz), Pasco none. Total fouls — Wa-Hi 7, Pasco 11. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Wa-Hi 26 (Doepker 4), Pasco 19 (Ayala 5). Turnovers — Wa-Hi 8, Pasco 24. Assists — Wa-Hi 20 (Doepker 5), Pasco 2 (Sullivan, Gonzales).

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