Irish girls avenge loss to ’Hawks


WALLA WALLA — DeSales avenged one of its three loses (University Prep and Tri-Cities Prep being the other two) in the Irish gym here Monday in girls nonconference basketball action.

Tekoa-Oakesdale defeated DeSales, 55-47, in overtime in Oakesdale earlier, but on this Martin Luther King Day afternoon it was all Irish from the opening tip as DeSales posted a 55-38 win.

“That is far and away our best effort of the year,” Irish coach Tim Duncan said. “We were ready to go. I’m not singling out anybody, everybody played well.”

Teresa Acock led the Irish charge as Acock hit three free throws and added a bucket to lead DeSales to a 5-0 lead with 4:50 left in the first. Following a Hannah Leahy free throw, Acock dished to Leahy for an 8-3 DeSales lead with 2:42 left in the quarter.

The Irish led 10-3 after one quarter.

“I wanted to come out really strong,” Acock said. “We wanted to come out and work more as a team.”

Acock wasn’t done as she scored seven in the second as DeSales hit 7-of-14 shots from the field. The Irish expanded the lead to 27-9 at the break.

On the defensive end, DeSales limited the Nighthawks to 3-of-14 shooting from the floor over the first 16 minutes.

On the glass, the Irish grabbed nine offensive boards to help build the lead.

“We got back to where we are successful and that’s at the defensive end of the floor,” Duncan added. “That really showed up today. (Offensively) we shot the ball and took it to the hole with confidence.”

The Nighthawks, behind nine of Mattie Jo Johnson’s game-high 19 points, got as close as 15 in the third, but Stacia Deal hit 2-of-3 free throws and Ashlyn Lyons hit a put-back as DeSales went to the fourth up 40-24.

DeSales went to the inside game over the last eight minutes to keep T-O at bay. Allison Wujek, from the post, scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth and the Irish took home the 55-38 win.

“We did (get the ball inside),” Irish point guard Acock said. “We wanted to get it into her (Wujek) very much.”

Acock led the Irish with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Emily Baumgart grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, and Lyons scored nine.

“It felt really great today (to avenge the loss),” Acock said. “We feel very confident and feel like we can do a lot of things now.”

The win was DeSales’ third in four days, pushing its record to 11-3. The Irish travel to Boardman to face Riverside in a nonconference game tonight.

“We built some confidence over the week-end,” Duncan said. “I’m really pleased. This was big for us. It has been a struggle for us to come to grips with the fact that they (Molli Lesko and Allesyn Lyons) tore their ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments) and are gone for the year. We are starting to build on what we can do.”


T-O (38) — A. Lindgren 2 1-1 5, J. Johnson 1 1-2 3, M. Johnson 6 7-9 19, Dub 0 1-2 1, L. Lindgren 0 0-0 0, Groom 2 0-0 4, Mendoza 0 4-4 4. Totals 12-40 14-18 38.

DESALES (55) — Baumgart 0 1-2 1, Deal 2 3-6 7, Acock 7 3-3 18, Conley 1 0-0 2, Wujek 6 0-0 12, Leahy 2 2-4 6, Haider 0 0-0 0, Maiuri 0 0-0 0, Lyons 4 0-1 9. Totals 22-50 9-16 55.

Tekoa-Oakesdale 3 6 15 14 — 38

DeSales 10 17 13 15 — 55

3-point goals — DeS 2 (Acock, Lyons). Total fouls — T-O 10, DeS 18. Fouled out — T-O (J. Johnson). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — T-O 34 (Groom 9, Mendoza 9), DeS 35 (Baumgart 7). Turnovers — T-O 20, DeS 13. Assists — T-O 6 (A. Lindgren 4), DeS 11 (Lyons 5).


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