ADA - The Dale Lady Pirates defeated the Lomega Lady Raiders 56-50 in the opening round of the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic Wednesday.
Dale, the top ranked team in 2A came out of the gate firing, as Mikayla Rutland hit two treys in the opening minutes. Lomega's McKenzi Lamer answered back with a three of her own, but five Hannah Ash free throws were enough to give the Lady Pirates an 11-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Ash continued the hot streak from the line as she made four of five free throws in the second quarter.
Lamer kept the Lady Raiders in the game with four second quarter treys. With the score 27-25 in favor of Dale, Lomega was able to hang around thanks to Lamer's 17 first half points. Dale coach Josh Forsythe was not pleased with the way his team played to start the game.
“We played really well in stretches,” Forsythe said. “I thought there was a three or four minute span when Dani [Manning] picked up her second foul and we sat her the rest of the half, where we let Lamer hit all those threes and keep Lomega in the game. We did a bad job defensively on her and we made some poor shot selections.”
The third quarter started just like the first, as Rutland knocked down her third three pointer of the game. Dale managed an 11-2 run to break the game open and take a 48-34 lead.
Lomega went on a 9-2 run in the fourth quarter, but Ash made two clutch shots and Rylee Thompson hit three free throws to put the game out of reach.
“The last four or five minutes, I don't think we played extremely smart at times,” Forsythe said. “I think some of it was shot selection, some of it was we fouled too much. Late in each half, we have to be better.”
Ash led the Lady Pirates in scoring with 21 points. Rutland chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds. Dani Manning dished out seven assists.
Lomega's Lamer led all scorers with 25 points.
Dale (11-0) will look to keep their perfect record alive as they face the top ranked team in Class A, Seiling (5-0). Second round tip-off is scheduled for 6:30.