The Richland girls basketball team rolled out a stifling defense Friday, a big change from a week ago against Davis.
It was just what coach Cindy McCoy was hoping for, as her Bombers avenged a late-season loss to the Pirates by ending Davis' season with a 53-34 victory in the first round of the Class 4A District 5/6 Tournament at Richland.
"We were trying to do a better job of containing them," McCoy said. "They got to the basket and got us in foul trouble last week. We really worked on more disciplined defense, not getting in the air, playing in control and hedging off screens."
It all added up to a stifling defensive showing for Richland, which forced 19 turnovers and outrebounded Davis 43-36.
Last Friday, Davis knocked off Richland 52-47 in Yakima, but the Pirates had little chance this Friday, as an 11-0 run in the second quarter put the Bombers firmly in control.
Britney Pringle and Anna Croskrey spurred the run, combining for eight of the 11 points, as Richland extended a 15-13 lead to 26-13 with 3 minutes, 28 seconds left in the first half.
"We've been doing this for a while," Pringle said. "We needed to settle things down and get it in control again."
With the victory, Richland will play at No. 1 seed Chiawana at 5 p.m. today in a semifinal game.
On Friday, Pringle finished with a game-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers. The junior guard was quick to give credit to Richland's young post players, though, as Hailey Turner and Macey Weitz came out aggressive early and dominated the glass.
"We have the height advantage (over Davis), and our posts are a lot quicker," Pringle said. "They did a really good job of pulling down the boards."
Turner had a game-high 13 rebounds, including five offensive. Weitz added nine boards and a number of pass breakups, using her energy to create havoc in the passing lanes.
"We've been working on rebounding and putting it back strong," Turner said. "I just started the game trying to be aggressive."
Turner made three first-half jumpers from the high post, which gave the Davis defense a wrinkle to think about, rather than just worrying about the outside shooting of Pringle, Croskrey and Kennedy Corrigan.
"Hailey can hit those shots," McCoy said of her freshman center. "She has hit those throughout the season. She has a pretty good shot selection and is a smart player.
"We need inside play. We need people who can finish on the inside. We need our posts stepping up that way."
Richland's posts did just that Friday and will need to do more of the same tonight against rival Chiawana.
"Their athleticism always gives us a bit of a hard time," McCoy said. "We have to make sure we are blocking out and have to be aggressive. We have a tendency to be passive and we have to stay on track."
The Bombers will need both Turner and Weitz, a sophomore, to play beyond their years tonight, as they battle Chiawana senior Sadie Sparks and a Riverhawks team that has had Richland's number since the rivalry started three seasons ago.
"We have to plan on playing very smart and very under control," Pringle said, "just like tonight."
Kayla Catone added seven points and Croskrey had six for the Bombers.
Alexis Perez's 11 points and nine rebounds led Davis, while Teresa Salazar added nine points.
DAVIS -- Alexis Perez 4 2-4 11, Katie Fowler 2 0-0 5, Cierra Juarez 1 1-2 3, Hiedi Ceja 2 0-0 4, Jenny Morales 0 0-0 0, Teresa Salazar 3 3-4 9, Ebony Johnson 0 2-2 2, Aundrea Smith 0 0-0 0, Julissa Nunez 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 8-12 34.
RICHLAND -- Kennedy Corrigan 2 0-0 5, Hailey Turner 4 0-0 8, Britney Pringle 5 7-7 20, Macey Weitz 1 2-5 4, Anna Croskrey 2 0-0 6, Kayla Catone 3 0-0 7, Charlene Manning 0 1-2 1, Sarah Hiller 0 0-0 0, Abby Duckworth 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 10-14 53.
Davis 11 6 9 8 -- 34
Richland 15 14 12 12 -- 53
3-point goals -- Davis 2 (Perez, Fowler), Richland 7 (Pringle 3, Croskrey 2, Catone, Corrigan). Total fouls -- Davis 11, Richland 16. Turnovers -- Davis 19, Richland 19. Rebounds -- Davis 36 (Perez 9), Richland 43 (Turner 13).