Chiawana wing Bailey Cartwright did a little bit of everything Friday, spurring the Riverhawks to a dominating second half and a 64-36 victory over Richland High in Mid-Columbia Conference action in Pasco.
The 6-foot junior wing played solid defense against Richland post Hailey Turner in the second half, helping spark a 26-5 run to blow the game open.
“I think Bailey controlled pretty much their offense with her effort on the defensive end,” Chiawana coach Steve Davis said. “I think she was the key to everything in the second half.”
When Chiawana (7-2 overall, 3-0 league) starting center Kendra Winchester went to the bench with four fouls midway through the third quarter, the Riverhawks led 36-28.
Richland (4-2, 2-1) hoped to take advantage by feeding the ball to Turner, a 6-footer, but Cartwright dominated the middle, using her wingspan to disrupt shots, as well as hustling after loose balls to get steals.
“My goal was to not let Hailey Turner touch the ball,” Cartwright said. “When she touches it, she will either draw the foul or kick it out for an open 3.”
Turner didn’t get many looks, as the Riverhawks went on an 18-3 run with Cartwright playing a key role.
Cierah Alferness started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Cartwright closed the third with a steal and a layup, it was one of five steals she had in the game.
In the fourth quarter, Darbi Pink hit a 3-pointer, Braydey Hodgins made four free throws and Delaney Hodgins added two buckets and just like that, the Riverhawks led 54-31.
“Everyone stepped up on defense,” Cartwright said of the second half. “We had a lot of energy ... I just try to spark everyone up, that is what I try to do, especially this game because it is a good rivalry.”
Cartwright finished with nine points, six rebounds, five steals, two blocks and two assists.
“(Her defense) changed the game around,” Delaney Hodgins said. “Without her, we might have been struggling with post defense. She helped us out a lot.”
With the victory, the Riverhawks remain undefeated in league play and hold wins over the top three teams — Kamiakin, Richland and Walla Walla.
One key to the early season success for the Riverhawks, has been the addition of Winchester, who is the first true post Chiawana has had since Mikaela Rivard graduated in 2011.
“It is a lot of pressure off of me,” Cartwright said. “Especially when there is another post helping you out.”
Winchester transferred to Chiawana from Spokane’s Shadle Park High School, where she averaged in double digits a year ago.
In her limited minutes because of foul trouble, she scored eight points and her presence opened up the driving lanes for the Hodgins sisters.
Delaney Hodgins had a game-high 17 points, while Braydey added 16 points, making 12-of-15 free throws.
“It is really nice getting those three wins,” Davis said of league play. “It gives us a little leeway in the league stuff. Now we have to continue to play like that.”
For Richland, the loss was the first in league and the Bombers must quickly shake it off and get ready for a tough Hanford team tonight.
The Bombers were solid in the first half, moving the ball and getting to the basket, but when point guard Kennedy Corrigan picked up her fourth foul early in the third quarter, the offense stalled out.
“We started standing around and playing on our heels,” Richland coach Cindy McCoy said. “We basically had a little better movement (in the first half) and we were getting rebounds. We had the third quarter where we were struggling scoring, and even the shots we got we were just off.”
Richland was outscored 15-4 in the third quarter and 34-10 in the second half.
Corrigan’s nine points led Richland, while Turner and Kamri Von Oelhoffen added eight each. Turner also grabbed 11 rebounds.
RICHLAND — Kayla Catone 2 0-0 4, Kennedy Corrigan 3 0-2 9, Kamri Von Oelhoffen 2 4-5 8, Hailey Turner 3 2-2 8, Sarah McCormick 0 0-0 0, Payton Bower 3 1-2 7, Ally Perry 0 0-0 0, DJ Camp 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 7-11 36.
CHIAWANA — Delaney Hodgins 7 3-4 17, Kendra Winchester 4 0-0 8, Bailey Cartwright 4 1-1 9, Braydey Hodgins 2 12-15 16, Darbi Pink 2 0-0 5, Molly Sullivan 1 0-2 2, Cierah Alferness 2 0-0 5, Jennifer Gonzales 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 16-22 64.
Richland 11 15 4 6 — 36
Chiawana 18 10 15 19 — 64
3-point goals—Richland 3 (Corrigan 3), Chiawana 2 (Alferness, Pink). Rebounds—Richland 40 (Turner 11), Chiawana 43 (D. Hodgins 11). Assists—Richland 6 (Von Oelhoffen 3), Chiawana 11 (B. Hodgins, D. Hodgins 3). Steals—Richland 5 (Corrigan 2), Chiawana 11 (Cartwright 5). Blocks—Richland 1, Chiawana 6 (D. Hodgins 4). Turnovers—Richland 19, Chiawana 15. Total fouls—Richland 15, Chiawana 13. Fouled out—Chiawana, Winchester