High School Sports

Albertson's shooting leads Hanford by WV 61-49

RICHLAND -- Hanford's Emily Albertson made sure her team didn't repeat the mistakes it made against West Valley earlier this season.

The senior scored 13 second-half points to lead the Falcons to a 61-49 CBBN 3A victory Saturday against the visiting Rams.

"I think it was our energy tonight," Albertson said of her team's victory. "We made that one extra pass to get a score. (For me), it was a matter of running off of the screens and getting open."

The win moves Hanford into a tie for third place with West Valley with five games left in the regular season. The top six teams from CBBN 3A advance to the league tournament.

In the loss at West Valley on Dec. 18, the Falcons let an eight-point lead get away in a 32-30 loss.

A big third quarter run and timely fourth-quarter baskets kept that from happening again Saturday.

After West Valley's Alexis Gholston tied the game (31-31) with a layup with 6 minutes, 56 seconds remaining in the third, Hanford went on a 12-0 run over the next 3:29 to blow the game open.

Five different players scored for Hanford during the spurt, as Taylor Young hit a free throw, Albertson had a layup and a 3-pointer, Amanda Gagnon hit a jumper, Colette Gall made a layup and Lexi Rutherford closed it with a jumper for a 43-31 lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter.

"The gist of that 12-0 run was sharing the ball," Hanford coach Evan Woodward said, "and moving the ball up court and not being tentative."

The Rams pulled within nine points a few times, but Albertson closed the third quarter with a 3-pointer and added another 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

"The girls just found the open person," Woodward said. "In the first half, we got the ball into Coco (Gall). They made adjustments on how to defend her, and in the second half the credit goes to the team. It left people open and Emily made those shots."

Gall, a freshman, scored 11 first-half points -- including making seven free throws -- to pace the Falcons to a 19-9 lead after the first quarter. But the Rams rallied in the second quarter behind the strong inside play of Paige Albrecht and Kari Erwin.

"We would get a little bit of a lead, but they'd come back," Woodward said. "They are a tough team to play because they just won't stop."

Foul trouble plagued the Rams in the second half, but Woodward also credited the energy of Sydney Shintaffer. Shintaffer, a freshman, scored seven points.

"She provided good energy coming off of the bench," Woodward said. "She's not much of a scorer, but she provided a spark -- which we needed after playing at Eastmont (on Friday).

"The whole team's energy was good."

Gall finished with a game-high 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Falcons, who play at Kennewick at 5:45 p.m. Friday. Rutherford added eight points and Young had six points.

Courtney Weber and Lindsay Burns each scored 11 points to lead West Valley, while Gholston added eight points and nine rebounds. Albrecht had five points and nine rebounds as well.

West Valley -- Kari Erwin 1 0-0 2, Courtney Weber 4 2-2 11, Lindsay Burns 5 1-4 11, Alexis Gholston 3 2-3 8, Mariah Reyes 1 2-2 5, Paige Albrecht 2 1-2 5, Madison Roberts 1 2-3 5, Stephanie Gibson 1 0-0 2, Whitney Stein 0 0-0 0, Kaity Ross 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 10-16 49.

Hanford -- Colette Gall 4 7-13 15, Savanna Steele 2 0-2 5, Taylor young 1 4-7 6, Emily Albertson 5 0-1 13, Sydney Shintaffer 3 1-6 7, Ashley Stewart 0 2-2 2, Kendreya Skinner 1 0-0 2, Vanessa Roueche 0 0-0 0, Amanda Gagnon 1 1-2 3, Lexi Rutherford 3 2-3 8. Totals 20 17-36 61.

West Valley 9 20 9 11 -- 49

Hanford 19 12 17 13 -- 61

3-point goals -- West Valley 3 (Weber, Reyes, Roberts), Hanford 4 (Albertson 3, Steele). Total fouls -- West Valley 25, Hanford 19. Rebounds -- West Valley 36 (Albrecht, Gholston 9), Hanford 39 (Gall 17). Turnovers -- West Valley 19, Hanford 20.