High School Sports

Weisner, Wa-Hi girls too much for Bombers

RICHLAND -- The Walla Walla girls came into Friday's CBBN Cascade game at Richland in a funk, losers of four straight and facing three road games in four nights.

Taking on the Bombers, though, proved just the tonic for the Blue Devils, who continued their recent dominance in the series with a 53-47 victory at Art Dawald Gym.

Wa-Hi won its seventh straight over the Bombers thanks in large part to sophomore Jamie Weisner, who matched her career high with 30 points.

"This was a much, much-needed win," said first-year Blue Devils coach Jill Meliah. "We finally put four quarters together tonight. And obviously, Jamie going for 30 points helps, too."

Weisner, who also had 15 rebounds and four assists, did much of her damage on drives to the paint, oftentimes splitting two or three defenders before pulling up for short leaners.

"They were playing real tight on me, and that allowed me to drive around them," said Weisner, who was 13-of-23 from the field. "I like that, driving the ball in and making contact."

But it was Weisner's only 3-pointer the fourth quarter that got Wa-Hi (6-5, 3-2) going.

Richland led 34-30 entering the period, but the Blue Devils went 8-of-11 from the floor in the final quarter and took the lead for good at 42-40 on Jill McDaniels' left-elbow jumper with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.

After Gina Ojeda hit two free throws for Richland (8-3, 4-1) to close the deficit to 45-44 with 2:45 left, Weisner scored on back-to-back possessions and Alicia Baker hit two free throws to push the lead back to seven with 36.5 seconds left.

"They started to expose our weaknesses, and we couldn't stop Weisner," said Richland coach Kristen Davis. "She's just a very explosive, athletic player. You rest for just a second on her, and she's able to exploit it."

The Bombers shot just 33 percent (17-of-51) and were outrebounded 37-30 as they also opened a difficult stretch to their season.

Richland plays at West Valley, ranked No. 8 in 3A, tonight and then hosts ninth-ranked Chiawana to close out the first half of division play Tuesday.

"Again, this is going to be a good test for us," Davis said. "How do we respond to this loss? Do we turn it into two or three losses, or do we make adjustments and come back stronger?"

Mandy Machinal led Richland with 15 points, while Megan Sax added 10. McDaniels chipped in nine points and six rebounds for Wa-Hi.

WALLA WALLA (53)

Jamie Weisner 30, Baker 4, McDaniels 9, Reardon 8, Anderson, Jacobson 2, Adkins, Hamada, Christensen. Totals 21-51 9-10 53.

RICHLAND (47)

Mandy Machinal 15, Caldwell 3, Sax 10, Ojeda 4, Mahoney 3, Croskrey, Pringle, Von Oelhoffen 7, Coughanour, Lee 5. Totals 17-51 8-14 47.

Walla Walla 8 12 10 23 -- 53

Richland 12 8 14 13 -- 47

Highlights -- WW 2x11 3pt, Ric 5x14; WW 37 rbs, Ric 30; WW 17 TOs, Ric 14; Weisner 15 rbs, 4 asts; Jill McDaniels 6 rbs; Andrea Hamada 4 asts; Gina Ojeda 4 asts.

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