High School Sports

CBBN girls: Hanford collects much-needed win

KENNEWICK -- Hanford girls coach Evan Woodward doesn't believe so much in signature wins as in valuable losses.

He points out three years ago, when his Falcons were blown out at West Valley, only to then run off 12 straight wins and qualify for state.

He's hoping the same thing might occur after Hanford lost at West Valley in its return from Christmas break Saturday night.

The Falcons won for only the second time this season Tuesday, rallying past Southridge 57-43 in Kennewick to avenge an earlier loss to the Suns.

"The West Valley loss bothered them," Woodward said. "They know they can do more than they've shown. I feel great for the girls. This was a nice win tonight."

And, said senior post Laura Hughes, it was also a needed one.

"It was really important to show that we can win and to get our confidence back," the Eastern Washington University signee said after leading the comeback, scoring 19 of her 25 points in the second half to go along with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

"Our defense was better tonight. We stopped the players who needed to be stopped, and we rebounded better."

That was especially so in the second half, when the Falcons outrebounded Southridge 21-10 and held top scorer Jamie Lyons to just one field goal after she scored 10 first-quarter points.

The Falcons (2-4) took the lead for good with a 16-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters.

Hughes started the run with a short jumper that tied the game at 26, and Sam Merry scored eight of her 20 points during the four-minute stretch -- hitting a pair of 3-pointers and ending it with a 15-footer to open the fourth, giving Hanford a 40-28 lead.

"Merry killed us tonight," said Suns coach Scott Stiles. "We knew we couldn't stop Hughes, so we had to limit everyone else's scoring, and we didn't do that."

The Suns (4-5) got as close as 42-36 with three minutes left, but Hughes hit a pair of layins to push the lead back to 10 and Hanford went 9-of-10 at the foul line in the final 1:30 to ice the win.

"The second half, the team just played better together," Woodward said. "Sam had a huge game, not just scoring but she was solid defensively."

La'Quilla Upton led Southridge with 18 points, 14 coming in the second half, before fouling out.

HANFORD (57)

Laura Hughes 25, Merry 20, Hegarty, Steele 1, Freeman 8, Albertson, Dreher, Gagnon 2, Young, Miller 1. Totals 21-48 11-14 57.

SOUTHRIDGE (43)

La'Quilla Upton 18, Lyons 12, Worley 6, J.Wallace, Sorensen, Sanders 3, Stein 4. Totals 18-58 3-9 43.

Hanford 9 8 21 19 -- 57

Southridge 10 12 6 15 -- 43

Highlights -- Han 4x9 3pt, Sou 4x19; Han 36 rbs, Sou 30; Han 23 TOs, Sou 19; Hughes 12 rbs, 3 blks; Morgan Freeman 7 rbs, 3 blks; Erin Hegarty 5 asts; Sam Merry 4 asts; Paige Sorensen 7 rbs; Jenna Wallace 4 asts; Heather Worley 4 rbs, 4 stls.

Chiawana 72, Kennewick 25

KENNEWICK -- Hayley Hodgins and Mikaela Rivard combined for 39 points to lead Chiawana to a decisive nonleague win over Kennewick at the Lions Den.

"We actually came out doing pretty well, but then we had a few letdowns," said Lions coach Tarah Staton. "They're a good team. (Hodgins and Rivard are) tough to guard."

Angelique Whitstocken led Kennewick with 11 points.

CHIAWANA (72)

Reynolds 8, Kelly 6, Huisingh 4, Sparks 3, White 5, Ellsworth 2, Valdez 5, Hodgins 19, Mikaela Rivard 20.

KENNEWICK (25)

Sanders, Valerio 5, Malito 5, Angelique Whistocken 11, Driver 2, Voigt, Clinton, Kump 2, Madrigal, Harrod.

Chiawana 18 21 23 10 -- 72

Kennewick 6 3 7 9 -- 25

Post Falls 61, Pasco 26

POST FALLS -- Post Falls held Gonzaga-bound guard Danielle Walter to a season-low eight points and built a 41-19 halftime lead en route to a nonleague win over Pasco (4-3).

PASCO (26)

Danielle Walter 8, A.Diaz 3, Olguin 2, Rodriguez, Schmaljohn 1, Mothersbaugh 3, Trevino, Y.Diaz, Johnson 1, Missy Everson 8, Menchaca.

POST FALLS (61)

King, Waller, Tennison 5, Franklin, Howard, Davenport 5, Litalien 13, Clancy, Loper 18, Scott 7, Meehan 6, Failor 7, Bauman.

Pasco 9 10 4 3 -- 26

Post Falls 19 22 12 8 -- 61

West Valley 73, Sunnyside 24

YAKIMA -- Haley Curtis had 15 points and five rebounds and West Valley jumped out to a 19-3 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a nonleague thumping of Sunnyside.

SUNNYSIDE (24)

Maya 5, Robert, Galvan 4, Marro 2, Spini, Wright, Reyes, Castillo 2, Z.Perales 8, Partida 3. Totals 10-47 2-3 24.

WEST VALLEY (73)

Richardson 2, Herzog 7, Winegar 2, Mitchell 2, Curry 14, Jaeger 6, Haley Curtis 15, Roberts 4, Erwin 10, Toner 7, Gholston 4. Totals 31-62 4-7 73.

Sunnyside 3 7 8 6 -- 24

West Valley 19 16 23 15 -- 73

Highlights -- Perales 6 rbs; S.Wright 5 rbs; Curtis 5 rbs; Kenly Mitchell 5 rbs.

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