One night after suffering a 17-point setback against No. 3 Hermiston, No. 5 The Dalles Wahtonka got back to their winning ways with a 64-44 win Saturday over the 4A La Grande Tigers in a non-league girl’s hoops showdown at La Grande High School.
“The girls bounced back well,” said TDW coach Craig Compton. “It was nice to control both the defensive end and make that transition work to our advantage.”
Up 44-32 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Eagle Indians landed a knockout blow on the Tigers with an early surge, as the transition game got working to its peak level.
Emily Bailey staked control of this team, setting up Katie Conklin and Lori Cimmiyotti with 3-pointers and she assisted on a layup by freshman guard Iliana Telles to swell the lead to 20 points.
TDW led 11-7 through one quarter of action, and added to its lead with a momentum-changing 22-11 rally to lead 33-18 at the break.
La Grande crept closer with a 14-11 run to make it 44-32 with eight minutes left to play.
Bailey had another all-around game with 25 points, 10 rebounds, nine steals, six assists and three blocked shots.
Olivia Starks, Cimmiyotti and Telles added eight points apiece.
For La Grande, Kylin Collman had 13 points and Avery Albrecht tacked on nine points.
“We were happy to come on this long road trip and get the win,” Compton said. “The girls played a great second quarter and a good fourth quarter. We did have more turnovers than we would have liked, but we came together down the stretch and made all of the plays we needed to.”
In Friday’s game at Hermiston, the host Bulldogs used a 17-8 run in the second quarter and a 17-11 spurt in the fourth quarter for a 56-39 win in each team’s Columbia River Conference opener.
McKenzie Byrd led all scorers with 23 points, and Jansen Edmiston dropped 11 points.
Bailey had 13 points, Conklin tallied seven and Starks was good enough for six points.
TDW (13-2 overall, 0-1 league) hosts Pendleton (7-9, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Kurtz Gym.