Dayton, DeSales girls move up in winners' bracket

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DAYTON – District 9 held its own here at the District 7/9 regional girls basketball tournament Saturday.

The No. 1 seed DeSales Irish defeated St. Georges and second-seeded Dayton defeated Davenport, 38-30.

Both teams advance to the second round in the winner’s bracket. DeSales squares off with Colfax, a 67-36 winner over Asotin, Monday at 5:45 p.m. at Mead High School. The Bulldogs face Northwest Christian, a 48-43 winner over Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, at Mead at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

DESALES 44, ST. GEORGES 32

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Despite the hands-on competition, Allison Wujek came away with this offensive rebound and a foul during Saturday's game with St Georges.

The Irish looked inside to post Allison Wujek to start this one. The Dragons had no answer as Wujek hit 4-of-5 shots in the first period to score eight and lead DeSales to a 14-7 advantage after one.

The Dragons responded with a 10-3 run to open the second quarter. Madie Ward knocked down a trey and the Dragons had it tied at 17 with 3:10 left in the half.

Teresa Acock responded with a 3-point play, Wujek added a bucket off a Ashlyn Lyons feed, Wujek scored again and the Irish went to intermission up 24-17.

“We could’ve got down and hung our heads (when the Dragons tied the game),” Irish coach Tim Duncan said. “We didn’t and had a good run to end the half.”

DeSales got 3-balls from Lyons and Emily Baumgart in the third to go to the fourth up 32-23.

“I told them at the beginning of the third quarter that, ‘we have to win the quarter,’” Duncan said. “We won the third by two and won the fourth (12-9). In football, they talk about adding on, that’s what we did.”

Wujek finished her 15-point night with five in the fourth as the Irish increased the final to a 12-point margin.

Acock finished with 12 and Lyons added 11 for the Irish. Acock and Lyons both grabbed seven rebounds.

The win gets the Irish a battle with perennial power Colfax Monday.

“This keeps us out of a loser-out situation,” Duncan added.

DAYTON 38, DAVENPORT 30

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Dayton's Sarah Phillips brings the ball up against Davenport's defense in Saturday's game in Dayton.

Behind Sarah Phillips’ five points, and Sidney Andrews’ four assists, the Bulldogs hit 6-of-11 from the field and raced to a 14-2 advantage after one. It didn’t last as the Gorillas turned the tables on Dayton and outscored the Bulldogs 13-2 in the second to trail Dayton 16-15 at intermission.

“They came out and manned (defense) us,” Dayton coach Clayton Strong said. “We ran our basic stuff as well as we have all year (in that first quarter). They went to a zone and were really aggressive (in the second). We started settling for jump shots instead of being patient. We went cold and they did what they needed to do.”

Davenport grabbed the lead on a Morgan Abbott bucket 30 seconds into the second half. A coast-to-coast drive by Kylee Watkins off a steal opened a 19-16 Gorilla lead with 5:35 to play in the third.

Lexie Ramirez picked up a loose ball behind the arc and ended a nearly 9-minute Bulldog scoring drought as she buried a 3 to get the game even at 19 with 3:10 left in the third. Ramirez, on the ensuing Bulldog possession, drained another trey to put Dayton up 22-19.

“I was wondering if we were ever going to score there for awhile,” Strong said. “They weren’t scoring so I felt good that we weren’t getting blown out. Then Lexi hit two huge 3s and that got us re-focused.”

Ramirez culminated her 15 point night with seven points in the fourth. Madison Mings added a trey and the Bulldogs hit just enough free throws, 3-of-7, down the stretch to ice the win.

“We got back to playing defense and buckled down,” Strong said of the fourth. “The girls got after it and got key rebounds when they needed them. We talked about the free throws, and we’ve got to be able to knock them down.”

Phillips finished with 11, Mings added eight and grabbed a team leading six rebounds.

The win gets the Bulldogs one win closer to earning a state berth.

“We’re one step closer to getting into a regional,” Strong added. “We have a lot of work to do.”

DESALES 44, ST. GEORGES 32

ST. GEORGE (32) — Bergquist 4 1-2 9, Ward 1 0-0 3, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Tender 2 0-0 4, Higashi 5 1-2 12, Hayes 0 0-0 0, Armitage 2 0-0 4. Totals 14-52 2-4 32.

DESALES (44) — Baumgart 1 1-2 4, Deal 0 0-0 0, Acock 4 3-3 12, Conley 0 0-0 0, Wujek 6 3-4 15, Leahy 1 0-0 2, Lyons 4 2-3 11. Totals 16-52 9-12 44.

St. Georges 7 10 6 9 — 32

DeSales 14 10 8 12 — 44

3-point goals — St.G 2 (Ward, Higashi), DeS 3 (Baumgart, Acock, Lyons), Total Fouls — St.G 14, DeS 10. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none. Rebounds — St. G 36 (Ward 9, Higashi 9), DeS 37 (Acock 7, Lyons 7). Turnovers — St.G 9, DeS 10. Assists — St.G 4 (Bergquist 4), DeS 8 (Acock 3).

DAYTON 38, DAVENPORT 30

DAVENPORT (30) — Watkins 1 1-2 3, Ma. Abbott 1 0-0 2, Arland 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 5-6 7, Hayes 2 0-4 4, Hannemann 2 0-1 4, Goerig 0 3-4 3, Lilje 0 0-0 0, Mo. Abbott 2 1-2 5, Halverson 0 0-0 0. Totals 10-41 10-19 30.

DAYTON (38) — J. Phillips 0 0-0 0, S. Andrews 1 0-0 2, Becker 0 0-0 0, Ramirez 5 3-4 15, K. Andrews 0 0-0 0, Mings 2 2-4 8, S. Phillips 5 0-2 11, Currin 0 0-2 11, Ward 1 0-0 2, Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals 14-38 5-12 38.

Davenport 2 13 6 9 — 30

Dayton 14 2 8 14 — 38

3-point goals — Day 5 (Ramirez 2, Mings 2, S. Phillips). Total fouls — Dav 13, Day 20. Fouled out — Dav (Hayes). Technicals - none. Rebounds — Dav 37 (Hayes 7), Day 31 (Mings 6). Turnovers — Dav 26, Day 27. Assists — Dav 5 (Goerig 2, Hayes 2), Day 5 (S. Andrews 4).

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