Defense leads Moses Lake to win over West Valley

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Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake's Kiera McPartland (12) drives to the basket against West Valley.

MOSES LAKE — Defensive-minded.

That’s how Moses Lake had to play West Valley. Because the shots certainly were not falling.

Moses Lake held West Valley under 20 points through three quarters and won 41-30.

“I thought we executed better here than we did down in Yakima with that game-plan,” head coach Matt Strophy said. “Unfortunately, they did get to the free throw line. Luckily, they didn’t score the ball from the free throw line. So, defensively that’s really what we wanted to accomplish.”

Moses Lake used a token full-court press, primarily from Kiera McPartland, to wear down West Valley’s guards and not allow easy entry passes into 6-foot-2 post Gillyan Landis. When the pass was made, a host of defenders made sure to go for deflections and steals.

Senior post Kendyl Crum, playing in her last home regular-season game, set the tone early with a steal on West Valley’s first entry pass into Landis.

The defense was there all night.

The offense came in spurts.

Madisyn Clark scored nine points in the first quarter and Moses Lake sunk three 3-pointers to open up a 16-8 advantage.

Then things came to a screeching halt.

The Chiefs outscored the Rams 6-2 in the second quarter.

“Unfortunately, what we missed was a couple shots,” Strophy said. “So, we got good shots. Anna Olson had great shots. She just couldn’t put it down. Thank goodness for Madi Clark stepping up and knocking down some key shots in some key times.

“Offensively, for both teams it was not our best efforts.”

Clark, like she did in the first quarter, reignited in the third for 10 points. Clark punctuated her output with a step-back 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer and grow Moses Lake’s lead to 19 points, 38-19.

The seesaw continued in the fourth as the Chiefs didn’t make a field goal, however, West Valley could not mount a serious comeback bid.

“Maybe it was because of the defense, but I felt like our offense got the shots we wanted for the most part,” Strophy said. “They just didn’t fall.”

Box score

ML 16 6 16 3 — 41

WV 8 2 9 11 — 30

Moses Lake: Madisyn Clark 20, Farrya Sandmann 4, Gabi Rios 4, Camille Carpenter 3, Kiera McPartland 2, Anna Olson 2, Kendyl Crum 2, Carlie Gregg 2, Meagan Karstetter 2

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