Behind a 23-point performance by senior Breck Clark, the Class 2A second-ranked Dale girls held off stubborn Earlsboro 52-45 Saturday night in the championship game of the Tri-County Tournament at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Dale, 18-1, appeared to have a comfortable 41-24 advantage after three quarters, only to be outscored 21-11 over the final eight minutes.
Earlsboro scored on its first six possessions of the final quarter, including two field goals apiece by Megan Ashley and Brittany Coon, to slice the deficit to 43-37.
Dale upped its lead to 48-37 on a 2-point field goal by Jaelin Flewallen and a 3-point dagger by Lexes Satterwhite. Earlsboro made one last charge on a Coon field goal and two Ashley short-range buckets for a 48-43 spread with 2:25 remaining. Earlsboro hit just one of its final four shots from the floor to fall to 19-3 on the season.
Clark, named the Most Valuable Player, netted 14 points in the opening half as Dale built up a 26-17 advantage. The Lady Pirates were 11-of-17 from the field in the first half while Earlsboro went 6-of-14.
Satterwhite finished with 10 points.
Ashley finished with 17 for Earlsboro, ranked 10th in Class B.
For the game, Dale was 20-of-42 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line.
Earlsboro, which suited up just six players, was 17-of-36 from the floor and 9-of-13 from the line.
Dale posted 25 rebounds and Earlsboro had 19.