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 cant do it alone. She got plenty of help snapping Wa-His 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-His top scorer Mikayla Ferenz.
Theyre 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.
Shes 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 Doepkers 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.