Tri-City girls win Media Classic All-Star game

March 16, 2014 

YAKIMA — Delaney Hodgins didn’t have too much going stat-wise in the first half of Sunday’s Media Classic girls basketball game at Yakima Valley Community College.

Hodgins, a Chiawana senior, had all of two points, a rebound and a steal as the Tri-City side took a 37-24 halftime lead. But when the second half began, the Mid-Columbia Conference Most Valuable Player took over, scoring 11 of her game-high 13 points to lift Tri-City to a 79-67 victory.

It was Tri-City’s seventh consecutive Media Classic win and pushed its series record to 17-8.

“I was just taking what was there,” said Hodgins, who scored Tri-City’s first seven points of the second half to open up a 44-32 lead. “I tried to get some other players involved.”

Hodgins added four more points in the final frame, including a graceful drive to the hoop with a strong right-handed finish with 2:50 left that made it 72-62. She finished with three rebounds and two blocked shots to round out her hustle stats.

“She’s been recruited by Eastern Washington for a reason. She’s got an entire game. She’s got an outside shot, she was bringing it up and rebounding. The only thing I didn’t see her do was post up,” Tri-City coach Cheryl Holden said. “In the first half, she was making the extra pass, and things opened up for her in the second half. Plus, she got a little more assertive.”

She had to with Yakima showing as much scrap as they did. Anchored by Monica Villegas’ team-high 10 points, Yakima never went away, using a 10-6 fourth-quarter run to pull within 64-57 with just over five minutes left in the game. Villegas scored six points during the run.

“Yakima is always known for its scrappy players. They have some long arms and their shooteres were getting hot for a while,” Richland senior guard Kennedy Corrigan said.

Corrigan provided a couple of the day’s toughest buckets, including a spin move in the lane to give Tri-City an 8-2 lead early in the first quarter. In the second quarter, she fueled a 10-2 run with a gritty drive through the paint, finishing off the glass to make it 31-22.

“I thought our team was well-balanced. I didn’t think one person really took over,” Holden said. “For an All-Star game, I thought they overdribbled. It was driving me crazy.”

Sira Toure finished out her high school career with 11 points, getting to the lane on several occasions to spark her team.

“I always want to get things going. It felt good, but it was weird knowing it was my last time playing,” Toure said.

Tri-City shot well, hitting 27 of 57 shots (47.4 percent) and 23 of 31 from the free throw line. Yakima struggled at times, hitting 24 of 73, though they took a lot more shots.

“For All-Star games, it’s kind of hard for either team to get a flow. We were subbing every 5 minutes,” Holden said. “If you have balanced teams, it’s going to be a good game. They had some good players.”

Colette Gall, a Hanford senior, capped her high school career with a strong performance. The Falcons’ all-time girls scoring leader hit 3 of 4 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line for nine points.

Kate Ferenz, a Walla Walla junior, didn’t miss a shot all day, hitting 2 of 2 field goals and all four of her free throws for nine points.

TRI-CITY — Corrigan 2-5 0-0 4, Sira Toure 3-7 5-9 11, Gall 3-4 3-4 9, Delaney Hodgins 5-8 3-3 13, Winchester 1-5 2-2 4, Ellison 0-0 1-2 1, B.Hodgins 1-4 1-2 3, M.Ferenz 3-4 0-0 6, Mosqueda 0-3 0-0 0, Perez 1-5 0-0 2, Sullivan 1-2 0-0 3, Cartwright 1-2 4-4 6, Doepker 4-5 0-0 8, K.Ferenz 2-2 4-4 9, Turner 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 27-57 23-31 79.

YAKIMA — Meldonado 1-2 3-4 5, Carpenter 0-3 0-0 0, Avalos 2-4 0-0 4, Caballero 3-6 0-0 9, Gray 2-8 3-6 7, Alvarez 0-1 0-0 0, Gratton 4-12 0-0 9, Nash 2-3 1-2 5, Bremer 1-3 0-0 2, Gruber 3-7 1-3 7, J.Rodriguez 0-3 0-0 0, Monica Villegas 5-10 0-2 10, Z.Rodriguez 0-2 0-0 0, Orcutt 1-3 6-8 8, Jones 0-5 1-2 1. Totals 24-73 15-27 67.

Tri-City 19 18 18 24 — 79

Yakima 11 13 21 22 — 67

Highlights — 3-pointers: TC 2-14 (Corrigan 0-2, Toure 0-1, D.Hodgins 0-1, Mosqueda 0-3, Perez 0-3, Sullivan 1-2, Cartwright 0-1), Y 4-19 (Carpenter 0-3, Caballero 3-5, Alvarez 0-1, Gratton 1-2, Nash 0-1, Bremer 0-1, Gruber 0-1, Villegas 0-1, Jones 0-4); Rebounds: TC 49 (Turner 7), Y 38 (Orcutt 5); Assists: TC 6 (K.Ferenz 2), Y 12 (Caballero 3, Villegas 3); Turnovers: TC 22, Y 15; Fouls: TC 18, Y 17.

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