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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lady Pirates fall in semifinals

  • Alva went on a 35-26 spurt over the final two quarters at State Fair Arena Friday to drop Dale by a 57-47 count and knock the Lady Pirates out of contention for a Class 2A state title.
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  • Alva went on a 35-26 spurt over the final two quarters Friday to drop Dale by a 57-47 count and knock the Lady Pirates out of contention for a Class 2A state title.
     
    Dale led 12-10 after one quarter of the semifinals contest at State Fair Arena, and the Lady Pirates clung to a thin 21-20 lead at halftime. The Ladybugs struck for four 3-point field goals in the third quarter to fuel a 14-6 run and forge a 34-27 lead to start the fourth.
     
    Alva notched nine treys in 21 attempts, and the Ladybugs finished at 18-for-41 (43.9 percent) on field goals. Alva’s Jaden Hobbs, who led all scorers with 33 points, was 10-for-22 from the floor and 8-for-8 on free throws, and she was 5-for-9 from 3-point range.
     
    Dale was 16-for-42 (38.1 percent) on field goals, and was just 1-for-9 from deep. The Lady Pirates netted 14 out of 16 attempts at the foul line for 87.5 percent.
     
    Jaelin Flewallen led Dale with 17 points, and Breck Clark followed with 16. Lexes Satterwhite had eight assists to go with seven points.
     
    Clark and Flewallen pulled down six rebounds apiece, and Danielle Dockrey finished with five.
     
    “We had a good season. I’m proud of the girls,” said Dale head coach Josh Forsythe.
     
    This was Dale’s first appearance in a state tournament under Forsythe. The Lady Pirates are seven-time champions, with their most recent crown coming in 2010.
     
    “We wanted to go one more day,” Forsythe said. “This is a special group to me, and I’m very proud of them. They’re quality young ladies. They have definitely done their part of keeping up the tradition here.”
     
    Forsythe said he has coached many of his current players since they were in the fifth grade.
     
    “We’re excited about what we’ve got coming up,” he said.
     
    Dale concludes the season at 28-2. The Lady Pirates had a stellar postseason, beginning with a district championship win over Konawa (60-25).
     
    Dale drubbed regional first-round opponent Central High by a 71-26 count, and the Lady Pirates secured a regional crown with a 34-24 win over Amber-Pocasset.
     
    Dale then topped Fairview, 54-51, to earn an area title and a berth in the state tournament.
     
    The Lady Pirates edged Tonkawa, 34-32, in Thursday’s state quarterfinals at Westmoore.
     
    Dale concluded the regular season as 2A’s second-ranked team.
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    Concluding their careers as Lady Pirates were Clark, Satterwhite, Dockrey, Molly Battershell, Sam Barry and Shelbye Newton.
     
    Alva goes on to meet Northeast Academy at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at State Fair Arena in the championship game. NE Academy defeated Fairview, 51-35, in Friday’s semifinals.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.

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