PASCO -- The Chiawana girls were in need of a spark late in the first quarter of Saturday's CBBN Cascade home game against Walla Walla.
Appropriately enough, sophomore Sadie Sparks provided the lift the Riverhawks needed.
Sparks scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds, helping No. 9 Chiawana to a 43-38 victory to remain unbeaten in division play.
"Sadie stepped up tonight," said Riverhawks coach Steve Davis. "She disappeared in a couple of games earlier in the year, but tonight she grabbed some boards and scored some points for us."
Wa-Hi for the most part bottled up Chiawana's top guns, juniors Mikaela Rivard (12 points on 5-of-10 shooting) and Hayley Hodgins (nine points on 3-of-13 shooting).
But Sparks worked the high-low game with Rivard, with the two combining for 19 points in the middle two quarters as the Riverhawks built a 32-22 lead late in the third.
"We had a big advantage with Mikaela when I flashed up high," Sparks said. "We just had to work the ball around and get the ball inside."
Wa-Hi, though, nearly pulled out its second big win in two nights in the Tri-Cities, and leading the charge was sophomore Jamie Weisner.
A night after scoring a career-high 30 to beat Richland, Weisner scored 13 of her game-high 22 in the final 91/2 minutes of the game.
She hit two free throws with 3:50 left to get Wa-Hi within 36-34, but after an exchange of turnovers, Rivard found Sparks down low for a basket with 3:07 to play.
Chiawana still couldn't shake free, missing two front ends of one-and-ones, and Weisner hit two foul shots with 33.1 seconds left to close to within 38-37.
But Hodgins then hit two foul shots, and she later stole an inbounds pass, was fouled and hit another free throw with 17.1 seconds left to give Chiawana a 41-38 lead. Sparks' layup at the buzzer provided the final margin.
"It's hard to go on the road two nights in a row, especially against the top two teams in the league, and be in both games," said Wa-Hi coach Jill Meliah. "We played very good team defense to shut down Hodgins and Rivard, but Sparks came up big for them."
Jill McDaniels added nine points for Wa-Hi before leaving the game with 2 minutes left, suffering a deep gash over her right eye that required stitches.
Chiawana 43, Wa-Hi 38
WALLA WALLA (38)
Jamie Weisner 22, Baker, McDaniels 9, Reardon 2, Anderson, Jacobson 5, Adkins, Hamada, Christensen. Totals 11-41 12-18 38.
Sadie Sparks 13, Ellsworth, Valdez 5, Hodgins 9, Rivard 12, Reynolds 4, Kelly. Totals 17-49 9-16 43.
Walla Walla 13 3 10 12 -- 38
Chiawana 6 11 17 9 -- 43
Highlights -- WW 4x11 3pt, Chi 0x8; WW 36 rbs, Chi 35; WW 21 TOs, Chi 14; Weisner 14 rbs; Mikaela Rivard 10 rbs; Hayley Hodgins 6 rbs, 3 stls; Melanie Valdez 3 asts, 3 stls.