Third quarter run propels Irish girls past Dayton, 38-20

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DAYTON — DeSales found the 3-ball in the third-quarter of Southeast 2B girls basketball action Saturday. The Irish grabbed a scrappy 15-10 lead after two quarters. Teresa Acock then hit two from downtown and Ashlyn Lyons added another as the Irish grabbed control with a 12-2 third-quarter run. DeSales went on to win 38-20.

“Our kids are smart enough to find areas where their man does not know where they are at,” Irish coach Tim Duncan said of the 3-point shooting, “Our offense is predicated on knowing where everybody is. We knew where they were. We did a great job locating them (Lyons and Acock).”

“We were trying to help on Allison (Wujek) in the post,” Dayton coach Clayton Strong said of the Bulldog third quarter. “We didn’t get back to shooters like we did in the first half. They got a little confidence and to compound it, we didn’t shoot the ball. We had two points in the third and that did us in.”

Lyons scored four in the first quarter and the Bulldogs answered with deuces from Lexie Ramirez and Madison Mings, but the Irish led 8-5 after one. Wujek scored five to stretch the Irish lead to 15-10 at intermission.

Defense ruled the first half as the Irish hit only 5-of-22 from the field and the Bulldogs connected on only 4-of-14.

“They were trying to take certain things away from us,” Duncan said of the Irish first half. “They challenged our toughness with the ball in our hands. We struggled with that in the first half. We talked about playing defense long enough to adjust to what they are doing. Once we made the adjustment, we were fine.”

“They (DeSales) did a good job of taking us out of some stuff,” Strong said. “That made a difference.”

The Irish, with the 12-2 third-quarter run, stretched the lead to 27-12 after three. A Ramirez free throw and a Kaitlyn Andrews bucket to open the fourth, got Dayton within 27-15 with 5:30 left.

“We battled and had it down to 12,” Strong commented. “I thought we could get it under 10 and see where we could go. To their credit, they got it under control and ballooned it back to 16. That was about the end of it.”

Lyons stoped the Irish skid with a drive, Wujek converted a Hannah Leahy feed, and Lyons converted a three-point play and the Irish were in control with a 34-15 lead with 2:49 left.

Ramirez and Mings led Dayton with five points each, as the Bulldogs drop to 4-3 in league with the loss following a 46-45 overtime defeat to Tri-Cities Prep Friday. Sidney Andrews grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. But Dayton simply couldn’t overcome a 7-of-31 shooting night.

“We didn’t shoot it very well,” Strong added. “It was more like throwing the ball than shooting the ball. There are things we can do in practice to simulate some physical play to help us shoot through contact. It’s one of those stretches (the two losses), now we just have to work on correcting it going into Asotin (Friday).”

Lyons, off a 20-point Friday effort, led the Irish with 14 points and Wujek contributed 12 points and eight rebounds. Coupled with Friday’s 44-35 win over Asotin, DeSales moves into first place with a 6-1 league record.

“We’re OK,” Duncan said of the Irish standing. “We’re in good shape if we take care of Tri-Cities Prep (DeSales’ only SE2B loss) at home. The girls earned being in the position they are in.”

The Irish host Tekoa-Oakesdale at 2:30 p.m. in a nonleague affair on Monday.

DESALES 38, DAYTON 20

DESALES (38) — Baumgart 1 0-2 2, Deal 0 0-2 0, Acock 2 2-2 8, Conley 1 0-0 2, Wujek 4 4-7 12, Leahy 0 0-2 0, Lyons 5 3-3 14. Totals 13-45 9-18 38.

DAYTON (20) — J. Phillips 0 1-2 1, S. Andrews 0 0-1 0, Becker 1 0-0 2, Ramirez 2 1-2 5, K. Andrews 1 0-0 2, Mings 2 1-3 5, S. Phillips 1 1-2 3, Currin 0 2-2 2, Robins 0 0-2 0, Ward 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals 7-31 4-14 20.

DeSales 8 7 12 11 — 38

Dayton 5 5 2 8 — 20

3-point goals — DeS 3 (Acock 2, Lyons). Total fouls — DeS 15, Day 15. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — DeS 30 (Wujek 8), Day 33 (S. Andrews 10). Turnovers — DeS 15, Day 26. Assists — DeS 9 (Acock 3), Day 3.

DESALES 44, ASOTIN 35

ASOTIN (35) — Macy 2 0-0 4, Sam Nicholas 2 0-1 4, Sar. Nicholas 1 0-2 3, Smith 3 0-4 6, Morgan 1 0-0 2, Fyant 2 0-0 4, Whittaker 4 1-2 10, Weakland 1 0-1 2. Totals 18 1-10 35.

DESALES (44) — Baumgart 1 0-0 2, Deal 0 1-3 1, Acock 1 2-2 4, Conley 0 1-2 1, Wujek 6 4-7 16, Leahy 0 0-0 0, Lyons 7 3-4 20. Totals 15 10-18 44.

Asotin 6 10 10 9 — 35

DeSales 7 16 11 10 — 44

3-point goals — Aso 2 (Sar. Nicholas, Whittaker), DeS 3 (Lyons 3). Total fouls — Aso 20, DeS 12. Fouled out — Aso (Weakland). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Aso 32 (Weakland 8), DeS 45 (Wujek 11). Turnovers — Aso 16, DeS 20. Assists — Aso 11 (Morgan 3), DeS 9 (Acock 4).

TRI-CITIES PREP 46, DAYTON 45 (OT)

DAYTON (45) — J. Phillips 2, S. Phillips 13, Ramirez 12, S. Andrews 5, K. Andrews 4, Mings 4, Currin 3, Ward 2.

TRI-CITIES PREP (46) — Barnett 15, Hirsch 14, Slahatasky 6, Vargas 4, Ghirardo 2, McLane 3, Lahoz 2.

Dayton 7 13 8 10 7 — 45

TCP 7 8 8 15 8 — 46

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