Warriors cherish 82-52 win

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ONTARIO, Ore. — Walla Walla’s Lainey Corbett etched her name in the record books against Treasure Valley on Saturday. And she did it without scoring a single point.

Corbett finished with a game-high 13 assists, four steals and no shot attempts. Her 13 assists in a single game ranks fourth in WWCC history and Corbett’s mark is the highest assist figure since Angie Street dished out 15 in 1988.

More importantly, her passing wizardry helped the Warriors (12-7, 6-2 in NWAACC East Region) outscore last-place Treasure Valley (2-19, 0-8) 49-23 in the second half en route to a 82-52 win.

“She got the majority of them in the second half,” Walla Walla coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. “She just found the open kids. She did not take a shot all night long, but she distributed it a lot.”

After finishing the first half with only a four-point lead, Corbett and the Warriors looked inside to get the offense going in the second half. Forward Jessica Siler was the beneficiary of a number of Corbett’s dimes, as she scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Siler also hauled in a team-high eight rebounds.

With Siler executing down low, Walla Walla found more space outside the 3-point arc. Karli McHone knocked down all five of her 3-pointers in the second half, and the Warriors finished 6-of-11 from downtown after halftime. McHone scored 15 points.

“We have a big height advantage on them and I didn’t think we attacked it in the first half,” Hazeltine said. “(Corbett) got our inside kids going. When Karli gets going shooting, it gets the inside going.”

Alongside Siler and McHone, Walla Walla’s versatile guards Amy DeLong and Bailey Nygaard also finished in double figures. DeLong scored 13 and Nygaard 10 points.

With the offense humming after halftime, the Warriors’ defense also ratcheted up. Walla Walla restricted the Chukars to only 28 percent shooting after intermission, including a dismal 3-of-11 performance from the perimeter.

“We knew who their shooters were and I don’t think we did a good job of identifying them in the first half,” Hazeltine said. “We just did a really nice job of finding their shooters and making their other kids beat us. And they didn’t do that.”

Walla Walla’s height advantage also helped the Warriors snag 46 rebounds in the game, including 20 on the offensive glass. Treasure Valley snagged 39 of their own, but Hazeltine said WWCC’s size advantage was crucial during the second half barrage.

Walla Walla hosts Yakima Valley on Wednesday. The Yaks downed the Warriors 52-47 on Jan. 15 and Hazeltine said WWCC will be eager to get revenge.

“We just did not play well at their place so we’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” she said.

WALLA WALLA 82, TREASURE VALLEY 52

WALLA WALLA (82) — McHone 5-14 0-0 15, Johnson 3-7 0-0 6, Corbett 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan 2-6 0-1 5, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, DeLong 6-11 1-2 13, Nygaard 3-8 2-2 10, Rad 1-4 0-2 2, Vincent 3-5 3-3 9, Stubbs 0-0 0-0 0, Siler 7-12 3-5 17, Stefanski 1-2 3-3 5. Totals 31-70 3-3 82.

TREASURE VALLEY (52) — Hawkins 2-6 0-0 4, Hull 0-6 1-3 1, Swabb 4-8 0-1 8, Wolfe 0-2 0-0 0, Honena 5-12 4-4 17, Wallace 1-7 0-0 2, Polensky 0-3 2-2 2, Herron 4-11 7-10 18. Totals 16-55 14-20 52.

Halftime — WW 33-29. 3-point goals — WW 8 (McHone 5, Nygaard 2, Jordan), TV 6 (Herron 3, Honena 3). Total fouls — WW 17, TV 14. Fouled out — WW (Nygaard). Technical fouls — none. Total rebounds — WW 46 (Siler 8), TV 39 (Honena 9). Turnovers — WW 8, TV 18. Assists — WW 24 (Corbett 13), TV 7 (Hawkins 4).

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