Dale’s girls topple Bethel in rematch; Dale boys eke out a 54-50 win
A 49-44 double-overtime loss to rival Bethel on Dec. 11 cracked the goose-egg in the Dale Lady Pirates’ loss column.
Since then, the Lady Pirates have won 13 straight.
Led by 55 points from Breck Clark and Lexes Satterwhite, Dale got a measure of revenge Friday with a 66-51 decision over those same Lady Wildcats, spoiling Bethel’s homecoming festivities.
Dale (20-1), ranked second in Class 2A, shot above 50 percent in every category, including 7-of-9 from deep, to seal the win.
“I’m very proud of the way we executed on both ends of the floor — with intensity and effort,” Dale head coach Josh Forsythe said.
“Dale was extremely physical on defense and they controlled the tempo,” Bethel head coach Jennifer Lynch said.
Clark had a huge night, knocking down 12 of her 13 charity attempts on her way to 33 points. Clark pulled down eight rebounds and netted two steals.
Teammate Satterwhite poured in 22 points of her own — including six treys — while grabbing four boards.
“Both teams played well on offense,” Forsythe said. “It was one of those games where whoever made more shots was going to win.”
With high-flyers Bry Flanagan and Tanna Baker held to just four points apiece, Bethel’s scoring was largely done by committee.
Megan Whitten led the hosts with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Meghan Tade and Holly Carlile each scored six points, all from beyond the arc.
Bethel (12-8) shot 43 percent from the field, but only made eight of their 13 foul shots.
Dale, on the other hand, shot 19-of-25 from the free-throw line.
After opening a six-point lead after one half, Dale exploded for 25 third-quarter points to pull away from the Lady Wildcats.
Dale’s Jaelin Flewallen dished out seven assists and Danielle Dockrey collected five rebounds.
“It was a really great atmosphere,” Forsythe said, noting that the two schools’ proximity really helps build the rivalry.
In the boys’ game, Dale’s Evan Anderson put up 22 points helping the Pirates eke out a 54-50 win.
The Class 2A No. 7 Pirates (19-3) found themselves in a 28-23 hole heading into the second half.
“We did a lot better job of moving the ball, getting it inside and getting the high-percentage shots in the second half,” Dale head coach Jeff Edmonson said. “We got the ball in to [Anderson] a lot more and he was able to capitalize.”
Anderson had only four points in the first two quarters, but exploded for 18 in the second half. Anderson also snagged six boards.
Dale’s Jace Wilkins scored a baker’s dozen and assisted on seven made baskets. Teammate Caleb Banks pitched in a dozen.
Bethel, which was outscored 31-22 in the second half, was led in the scoring column by Trevor Stark’s 14. Garrett Fitzgerald was the only other Wildcat in double-digits with 13.
Bethel will host Little Axe for senior night Tuesday, while Dale will travel to Konawa.
Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter.