Blue Devil girls edge Kamiakin, 52-55

Walla Walla High School's Kate Ferenz (30) flys toward the hoop while driving against the Kamiakin Braves Saturday in Walla Walla.

Walla Walla High School's Kate Ferenz (30) flys toward the hoop while driving against the Kamiakin Braves Saturday in Walla Walla. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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Walla Walla High School's Madi Doepker (24) struggles to get a shot off between Kamiakin's Amanda Miller (33, left) and Lindsey Schauble (30, right) Saturday in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA — It was a weekend Wa-Hi girls basketball coach Jill Meliah described as “exciting, but stressful.”

The Blue Devils blew a 15-point halftime lead Saturday night, but put forth a strong fourth quarter in a 62-55 Senior Night victory over Kamiakin in the Wa-Hi gym.

On Friday, the Blue Devils’ Mikayla Ferenz hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left that helped lift Wa-Hi to a 54-52 win at Richland.

Wa-Hi is now 13-2 in the Mid-Columbia Conference and 17-2 overall heading into its regular-season finale next Friday at Chiawana.

On Saturday, the Blue Devils raced to a 33-18 halftime lead over the Braves, then outscored Kamiakin 20-13 in the fourth quarter to come away with the triumph.

“That first half was the best basketball we’ve played all year,” Meliah said. “We were executing plays, strong with the ball, and defensively, we got some stops.

“In the third quarter, I want to give credit to Kamiakin,” Meliah said. “They were ready to go. They can go on runs and score quickly. They turned up the tempo and we didn’t match that.

“They took away our high-low game,” Meliah said. “In the fourth quarter, we spread the floor and looked to hit the outside shot. Getting offensive rebounds helped.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Meliah said. “They stepped up in different ways.”

Torri Crawford led the Blue Devils with 16 points.

Madi Doepker led Wa-Hi in Friday’s win with 18 points.

WA-HI 62, KAMIAKIN 55

KAMIAKIN (55) — Miller 4-11 3-6 11, Schauble 0-8 2-4 2, Hanson 1-1 0-0 3, Toure 3-15 6-7 12, Oord 1-4 0-0 2, Ellison 2-11 1-2 6, Nelson 8-22 3-3 19. Totals 19-72 15-22 55.

WA-HI (62) — K. Ferenz 1-4 1-2 3, Doepker 5-9 3-5 13, Sirmon 3-10 1-2 7, M. Ferenz 4-12 3-4 12, Molitor 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 6-11 4-7 16, Greene 0-0 0-0 0, Hodenfield 3-6 2-4 11. Totals 22-52 14-24 62.

Kamiakin 7 11 24 13 — 55

Wa-Hi 17 16 9 20 — 62

3-point goals — Kamiakin 2-8 (Hanson 1-1, Ellison 1-2, Toure 0-2, Nelson 0-3), Wa-Hi 4-13 (Hodnefield 3-6, M. Ferenz 1-5, K. Ferenz 0-1, Doepker 0-1). Total fouls—Kamiakin 20, Wa-Hi 14. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Kamiakin 47 (Miller 7), Wa-Hi 51 (M. Ferenz 9). Turnovers—Kamiakin 6, Wa-Hi 15. Assists— Kamiakin 8 (Nelson 5), Wa-Hi 16 (M. Ferenz 4).

WA-HI 54, RICHLAND 52

WA-HI (54) — K. Ferenz 3-5 0-0 6, Doepker 6-13 6-6 18, Sirmon 1-3 0-0 2, M. Ferenz 4-13 4-4 13, Molitor 1-1 0-0 2, Crawford 4-10 2-2 10, Greene 0-1 0-0 0, Hodenfield 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 20-51 12-12 54.

RICHLAND (52) — Taylor 1-2 0-0 2, Turner 3-8 0-0 6, Duckworth 3-9 1-2 7, Parnell 1-1 0-0 2, Pringle 4-10 2-2 13, Corrigan 5-10 0-0 13, Catone 1-7 5-6 7, McCormick 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 19-50 8-10 52.

Wa-Hi 19 12 12 11 — 54

Richland 16 14 12 10 — 52

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 2-15 (Hodenfield 1-5, M. Ferenz 1-6, K. Ferenz 0-2, Doepker 0-2), Richland 6-11 (Corrigan 3-4, Pringle 3-6, Catone 0-1). Total fouls—Wa-Hi 13, Richland 13. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Wa-Hi 32 (Doepker 7), Richland 33 (Turner 7). Turnovers—Wa-Hi 12, Richland 10. Assists— Wa-Hi 15 (M. Ferenz 9), Richland 13 (Pringle 4, Corrigan 4).

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huntinwr 1 year, 2 months ago

Really have enjoyed watching the Wa-Hi kids this year, girls and boys. However, I wish to comment on the rudeness of many people who only show up for the boys game. They wander in during the last quarter of the girls game, find their seats and busy themselves catching up with their friends until the "real" game starts. They might want to note the girls are 17-2 while the boys have lost eight of the last 10. Both teams deserve the same support regardless of their record. Maybe they should switch it around occasionally and hold the boys game first. Then those people could leave and the real fans could cheer on the girls!

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