Hanford girls basketball upsets Kamiakin

Craig Craker, Herald staff writerJanuary 5, 2013 

When college recruiters ask Hanford’s Colette Gall for video of her basketball skills, she should just send them a tape of Saturday’s game against Kamiakin.

Gall scored 25 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, dished out four assists and blocked four shots as the Falcons pulled off a Mid-Columbia Conference upset over the Braves 51-44 in Richland.

“That was extremely fun,” Gall said. “A little bit of it was the rivalry with Kamiakin and my teammates did a great job of pumping me up.”

Gall used a series of spin moves to flummox the Kamiakin post players to get easy layups throughout the game. At one point in the third quarter she was single-handedly outscoring the Braves 18-17.

“She’s a real solid player to begin with,” Kamiakin coach Lane Schumacher said. “We missed on some of our rotations in our press. We didn’t have an answer for her.”

Gall didn’t only dominate offensively, but she also locked down Kamiakin senior Courtney Nelson (six points), as well as recorded a key block on Sira Toure in the waning moments as the Braves were attempting to rally.

“Her overall game was pretty darn solid,” Hanford coach Evan Woodward said. “Defensively her tenaciousness — and the whole team played with it — was key. She is a very talented player.”

Gall only scored two points in the fourth quarter as the Braves defense collapsed onto her, but her teammates stepped up to hold off a furious Kamiakin rally.

Sydney Shintaffer made two free throws for a 49-33 lead with 4 minutes, 10 seconds remaining and Kamiakin responded with an 11-0 run to pull within 49-44 with 26 seconds left.

Toure grabbed an offensive rebound, missed a putback and then had a second one blocked by Gall to preserve the victory for Hanford.

It is the first time the Braves (5-1 league, 10-2 overall) have lost a conference game since a 59-39 loss at Eastmont on Jan. 28, 2010.

“This is the best team play we’ve had this season,” Woodward said. “I thought the team as a whole played fantastic defense.”

Woodward also singled out Ashley Stewart’s stellar effort on Toure, holding the Kamiakin guard to 12 points.

The victory was also impressive as Hanford lost to Walla Walla 60-40 on Friday night.

“For young kids to pop back that says something about them,” Woodward said. “The last 24 hours is just high school sports. We didn’t play well in the fourth quarter against Walla Walla.”

That was quickly forgotten Saturday, though, as Hanford (5-1, 7-5) used a big second quarter to take command of the game.

A 9-2 run to open the second quarter gave the Falcons a 20-14 lead. Shelby Winsor started the run with a lay-in and a free throw, and Gall capped it with a nice spin move for a layup.

The Braves figured to come out of halftime with a few adjustments to get back into the game, but ice cold shooting against Hanford’s man-to-man defense helped the Falcons extend their lead.

Gall had a pair of three-point plays to put Hanford on top 32-17 with 5:50 left in the third quarter.

She capped the third with another three-point play, as Kamiakin struggled to stop the 5-foot-11 post.

“We felt with our energy and our passing, that we could get great shots,” Gall said. “(Saturday) we came together. Kamiakin is a great challenge because everyone thinks they’ll win, but when we have energy like this we can do well.”

The loss for the Braves could act as a wakeup call, as they face Walla Walla and Chiawana next weekend in two crucial games against the other two powers of the Mid-Col.

“We hope so,” Schumacher said of the loss getting the attention of his team. “We were a little lethargic and then the last three minutes we tried to turn it on. That’s too late against a good team like Hanford.”

Shintaffer added nine points and five rebounds, while Stewart had five points and seven rebounds. Miranda Foraker added seven rebounds.

Toure added six rebounds, while Lindsey Schauble had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Braves. Holly Ellison added seven points.

KAMIAKIN — Amanda Miller 2 0-0 4, Courtney Nelson 3 0-0 6, Lindsey Schauble 4 2-5 10, Holly Ellison 2 2-2 7, Sira Toure 4 4-7 12, Melanie Oord 1 3-4 5. Totals 16 11-18 44.
HANFORD — Colette Gall 11 3-3 25, Sydney Shintaffer 2 3-4 9, Miranda Foraker 1 1-2 3, Shelby Winsor 1 1-2 3, Ashley Stewart 2 1-1 5, Savanna Steele 1 4-4 6, MaKenna Hall 0 0-0 0, Vanessa Roueche 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 13-16 51.
Kamiakin 12 5 9 18 — 44
Hanford 11 15 13 12 — 51
3-point goals — Kamiakin 1 (Ellison), Hanford 2 (Shintaffer 2). Total fouls — Kamiakin 17, Hanford 15. Fouled out — Kamiakin, Miller. Hanford, Foraker. Rebounds — Kamiakin 40 (Schauble 10), Hanford 41 (Gall 14). Turnovers — Kamiakin 21, Hanford 26.

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