RICHLAND – The Walla Walla High School girls’ basketball team suffered two losses this weekend.
On Friday, December 10, the Blue Devils opened the Mid-Columbia Conference game with a 75-32 loss to Kamiakin in the Blue Devil Gym.
Wa-Hi had two double-digit players. Cami Martin scored a high of 14 points and Lauryn Bergevin added 11.
The Blue Devils hooked up with the visiting Braves in the first quarter. They were trailing 15-9 after eight minutes of play.
Kamiakin goaltender Nikole Thomas, who tallied 21 points, scored six in the first quarter.
Four Blue Devils put in a basket in the first period. Talia Billingsley knocked down a 3-point attempt – one of four of those marks for Wa-Hi in the game – while Emerson Schulke, Martin and Bergevin each picked up a bucket.
Thomas had eight points, including two treys, and Maddy Rendall added a pair of trebles in the second quarter when Kamiakin outscored the Blue Devils 21-5.
The Braves entered the half-time break with a 22-point margin, 36-14.
Wa-Hi got two 3s from Bergevin and a couple of twos from Martin in a competitive third quarter.
But six different Braves scored at least two points during the period. This helped Kamiakin extend his lead to 28, 54-26, after three.
Rendall produced 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. The Braves ended the night with a 21-6 surge.
Martin scored all of the Wa-Hi points in the last period on a few baskets and two free throws.
Mia Howard and Peyton Arland joined Thomas and Rendall in double digits with 10 points each for Kamiakin.
On Saturday the Blue Devils then fought Richland tooth and nail here, and they were even with the Bombers at 13-13 after a quarterback at Art Dawald Gym.
Wa-Hi limited reigning MCC Player of the Year Kylee Fox to just two points in the first half.
The Blue Devils did not allow a 3-point basket.
But Wa-Hi only managed 11 points in the middle of the two quarters and lost to the Bombers, 46-30.
The loss sent the Blue Devils winless to 0-2 in the conference and 0-5 on aggregate.
Cami Martin and Lauryn Bergevin, the Blue Devils’ top two scorers, had five points each in the first quarter to help forge the tie early.
Richland took advantage of Wa-Hi’s foul foul in the first half to the second quarter, making 8 of 13 free throws and took a 27-18 lead at halftime. The Blue Devils were whistled for 10 fouls in the first half.
Fox woke up in the third quarter with a basket and four free throws. The Bombers extended their lead to a dozen bakers, 37-24, after three.
Four more points from Fox in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach by the final margin of 16 points.
Bergevin was the only Blue Devil in double digits with 11 points.
Wa-Hi is hosting Southridge next Friday.