High School Sports

LC boys earn berth to state

WALLA WALLA -- The Liberty Christian boys secured their fifth consecutive state berth Monday night, defeating Walla Walla Valley 65-56 in the semifinals of the Southeast 2B district tournament at Whitman College.

Brian Corrigan scored seven points in the decisive third quarter, when LC (20-2) outscored WWVA 20-10 to erase a 30-26 halftime deficit.

"I told the kids they'd come out hot," Patriots coach Terry Watson said of the Warriors (12-8). "They just needed to settle down, and WWVA would start missing, and they did."

Brett Dustin scored a game-high 19 points for LC, which will play Waitsburg-Prescott in Saturday's championship game.

The time for the title game won't be known until after Wednesday's loser-out game between WWVA and DeSales. A WWVA win would push the title game into the afternoon to accomodate the Seventh-Day Adventist school's requirement not to play until after sunset Saturday.

Liberty Chrn. 65, WWVA 56

WALLA WALLA VALLEY -- Marshall Failing 14, Sauerbier 12, Moore 6, Scott 12, Luce 7, Hanson 5, Beck, Max Failing, Croft. Totals 20-52 10-14 56.

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN -- Brett Dustin 19, Salzano 5, Siefken 14, Groth 5, Brockman 11, Corrigan 11, Coglin, Watson, Lowry, Roberts, Simpkins. Totals 21-50 19-27 65.

WWVA 15 15 10 16 -- 56

Liberty Christian 11 15 20 19 -- 65

Highlights -- Bryan Corrigan 12 rbs; Cody Brockman 8 rbs, 7 asts; Dustin 7 stls; Jake Siefken 7 stls, 3 asts; Aaron Salzano 5 asts.

W-P 53, Garfield-Palouse 46

Zach Bartlow had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Waitsburg-Prescott (16-6), which secured its first state berth since 2004 by winning its Southeast 2B district semifinal at Whitman College.

GARFIELD-PALOUSE -- Gavin Burt 20, Slocum 9, Griffin 2, Pfaff 7, Lang 5, Roach 3, Hocking, Christopher.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT -- Zach Bartlow 19, Cady 9, Zuger 4, Withers 5, Hernandez 2, Gerke 5, Kiefel 4, Lehr 5, Wooderchak, Alexinko, McDaniel, Brown.

Garfield-Palouse 10 9 9 18 -- 46

Waitsburg-Prescott 13 6 14 20 -- 53

Highlights -- Bartlow 10 rbs; Ben Kiefel 5 blks.

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