DALE – Even after short rest following a grueling tournament victory last weekend in Ada, the 2A No. 1 Dale girls (14-0) had no trouble cruising by Luther 50-32 Tuesday to stay undefeated on the season.
The Lady Pirates fell behind 8-6 with 4:30 left in the first, before going on a 7-0 run to take a 12-8 advantage. They gave up four more points to go into the second tied at 12.
Tied up at 17 in the second, the girls pulled away with another 7-0 run and switched the lead for the last time in the game.
The Lady Pirates defense entirely shut down Luther after their return from the half. Up 24-18, Dale rallied 15-0 before giving up a steal and layup to close out the quarter, for a 39-20 lead.
Coach Josh Forsythe said his girls executed better overall in the second half.
“Kinda played more half-court man and kinda pulled away from them. The girls did a really good job of guarding them,” he said.
Claire Chastain led the Lady Pirates with 11 points and had four blocks. Mikayla Rutland and Dani Manning had nine points apiece and Hannah Ash contributed eight.
Ash led in rebounding with seven and Rutland and Taylor Thompson each had five. Manning, Taylor Thompson and Rylee Thompson each had three assists.
The game came on the first day back to school for the Lady Pirates and following a tournament win at the Bertha Teague Classic in Ada. Forsythe was impressed with the character his girls have shown with their schedule lately.
“For us to come out here on this Tuesday, first day of school and all that... to take care of a Luther team that was 7-1, that's a good win for us,” he said.
The Bertha Teague win was a big one for the girls, putting them in an elite class of talent that has managed to win the tournament back-to-back years.
“That's a special thing. I think we're the sixth or seventh team ever to win back-to-back at Betha Teague... That's a special thing,” Forsythe said. “I don't know if these girls realize how special that is. To do it back-to-back years, that's a very prestegious tournament.”
The Lady Pirates will be back in action this weekend at the Kingston Tournament. They kick off their tournament run Friday against Silo Thursday.