High School Sports

Southridge girls trip Kennewick

KENNEWICK -- For 16 minutes Friday at Kennewick, nothing was going right for the Southridge girls basketball team.

The Suns didn't have enough intensity, they were getting dominated inside the paint, and their shots weren't falling.

That all changed quickly in the third quarter, as Southridge used a big run to knock off Kennewick 39-33 in CBBN 3A action.

"Our shots started falling a lot better in the second half," Southridge's Kari Ratchford said. "We couldn't get into the key in the first half, but we did a better job of driving and kicking the ball out."

Kennewick led 20-14 at halftime, but Southridge outscored the Lions 16-4 in the third quarter -- part of a 22-4 run spanning the final seconds of the first half into the fourth quarter.

"We had to transition off of defensive rebounds," Southridge coach Scott Stiles said. "We focused on putting pressure on their guards and then when we got a rebound, threw girls to the other end which opened it up."

Ratchford got the run started, nailing a 3-pointer early in the third quarter to pull the Suns within 20-17.

After two buckets by Paige Sorensen, a jumper by Emma Sanders, a jumper by Meghan Sorensen and a layup by Breanna Lyons, Ratchford hit another 3-pointer to put Southridge ahead 30-24 after three quarters.

"We moved the ball around a lot better in the second half," Ratchford said. "We did a good job of skipping the ball on the perimeter."

The Suns, who graduated four all-league starters from last season, have had an up-and-down 2010-11 campaign.

With little to no size -- their tallest starter is 5-foot-7 -- they have struggled changing to a transition-oriented offense.

That was the case in the first half, as it wasn't so much that Southridge didn't make baskets. The Suns weren't even getting shots off as the interior play of Kennewick's Angelique Whistocken, Kim Harrod and Kim Sanders caused all sorts of problems.

In the second half, though, Southridge (3-9 overall, 2-4 league) started running a full-court press, which disrupted Kennewick's flow.

The Suns also used strong ball pressure to make it so the Lions couldn't throw a pass over the top to their post players.

"Our defensive pressure increased in the third quarter," Stiles said.

Ratchford added two more 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Suns held off the Lions.

The senior finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Paige Sorensen added 12 points before fouling out and Meghan Sorensen finished with eight points.

For Kennewick (2-8, 2-4) the loss was especially devastating because it let a halftime lead get away in a road loss Tuesday at West Valley.

Nearing the halfway mark of the CBBN season, Kennewick is in need of a reboot.

"We played a great first half, and then all of a sudden we quit playing," Kennewick coach Tarah Staton said. "Our shooting percentage is very low right now. We have to put shots in and execute offensively.

"The players need to look at themselves and the coaches need to see if we need to make adjustments. There will be some."

Whistocken led the Lions with 12 points and 19 rebounds, while Harrod and Janey Valerio added eight points each.

SOUTHRIDGE -- Paige Sorensen 5 2-3 12, Breanna Lyons 1 0-0 2, Emma Sanders 1 2-2 4, Ingrid Stein 0 0-0 0, Meghan Sorensen 4 0-0 8, Kari Ratchford 4 1-2 13, Lauren Mickelsen 0 0-0 0, Gabby Hinojosa 0 0-0 0, Taylor Bauman 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 5-7 39.

KENNEWICK -- Janey Valerio 2 2-2 8, Kim Harrod 4 0-0 8, Ashley Kump 0 0-0 0, Angelique Whistocken 5 2-2 12, Kim Sanders 2 0-0 5, Whitney Hicks 0 0-0 0, Panisesi Taimani 0 0-0 0, McKayla Sanders 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 4-4 33.

Southridge 6 8 16 9 -- 39

Kennewick 9 11 4 9 -- 33

3-point goals -- Southridge 4 (Ratchford 4), Kennewick 3 (Valerio 2, K. Sanders). Total fouls -- Southridge 13, Kennewick 12. Fouled out -- P. Sorensen. Rebounds -- Southridge 36 (Stein 9), Kennewick 35 (Whistocken 19). Turnovers -- Southridge 14, Kennewick 19.