Girls basketball: Kamiakin upsets Walla Walla

February 1, 2014 

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Kamiakin's Sira Toure scores over Walla Walla's Madi Doepker on Saturday as the Braves hosted the Blue Devils, winning 62-56.

KAI-HUEI YAU — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

Sira Toure is the name the Kamiakin girls basketball team calls when it needs a big-time effort.

Toure showed why during the Bra ves’ 62-56 Mid-Columbia Conference win over Walla Walla on Saturday night in Kennewick, scoring a game-high 25 points — 15 of them during a critical second half when the Blue Devils threatened to steal the lead.

But the 5-foot-7 guard knows she can’t do it alone. She got plenty of help snapping Wa-Hi’s 13-game winning streak.

Toure started strong, going off for 10 first-quarter points as Kamiakin took a 19-12 lead after eight minutes. She drew the toughest check of the night, too, guarding Wa-Hi’s top scorer Mikayla Ferenz.

“They’re two of the better playeres in the conference. They can take over at any time,” Kamiakin coach Lane Schumacher said. “Luckily, we had some other players step up for us.”

Maysun Wellsandt, a freshman guard, played a key supporting role against Walla Walla, providing another scoring threat and an active defensive presence inside. Wellsandt finished with eight points, four steals and three assists, and made a steal in the closing seconds, going coast-to-coast for the game-ending bucket.

“She’s so long. She can step into passing lanes and create turnovers,” Schumacher said.

The Blue Devils erased a 19-10 first-quarter deficit to grab a 42-41 third-quarter lead on Madi Doepker’s three-point play.

Wa-Hi junior guard Mikayla Ferenz scored 10 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Blue Devils close.

WALLA WALLA — Hodnefield 2, Mikayla Ferenz 21, Sirmon 2, Madi Doepker 18, K.Ferenz 4, Molitor, Davis 7, McDaniels. Totals 20-41 14-21 56.

KAMIAKIN — Lindsey Schauble 11, M.Wellsandt 8, Ellison 2, Sira Toure 25, Amanda Miller 10, T.Wellsandt 3, Crandall 3, Oord, Hanson 1. Totals 23-54 14-26 62.

Walla Walla 12 15 15 14 — 56

Kamiakin 19 12 13 18 — 62

Highlights — 3-pointers: WW 2 (M.Ferenz, Doepker), K 2 (M.Wellsandt, Crandall); Rebounds: WW 32 (Doepker 15), K 21 (Miller 5, Toure 5); Turnovers: WW 27, K 13; Toure 5 steals; M.Wellsandt 3 assists; Schauble 3 assists.

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