KINGSTON — Dale’s basketball squads recorded two Thursday victories — in different fashions — at the Kingston New Year’s Classic.
Dale’s third-ranked girls blitzed Atoka 52-30 while Dale’s boys squeezed past Atoka 49-48.
Coach Josh Forsythe’s girls jumped out to a 30-16 halftime margin and were never pressed in moving to 10-1.
Forsythe employed 13 players and 10 scored, led by Claire Chastain with 14, Elaine Witt added 10 points and Lindy Nowakowski posted eight.
Dale was 15 of 21 from the charity stripe, fueled by a 6-of-6 outing by Chastain. Nowakowski was 4 of 4.
The Lady Pirates advanced to today’s 4:20 semifinal opposite Thursday’s Rock Creek-Tishomingo winner.
“We got off to a good start, doing a good job of hitting free throws the first half,” Forsythe said. “The bench performed well.”
With the game tied at 48 with :04 remaining, Atoka missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw with Dale’s Logan Woodruff grabbing the rebound. Woodruff, who was fouled on the play, received two free throws because Dale was in the bonus. He missed the first shot but hit the second.
On the ensuing in-bounds play, an Atoka player traveled as Dale raised its record to 5-6.
Gabe Gouge was Dale’s leading scorer with 16, 10 of which came in the opening half.
Woodruff notched 13 points, including a 7-of-10 showing from the free-throw stripe.
Dale was 14 of 23 from the line. Atoka was 6 of 8.
Atoka’s Wyatt Holland had 12 points on four treys.
Dale, ranked 16th in Class 2A, advanced to tonight’s 8:20 semifinal versus the winner of Thursday’s contest between Kingston and Tecumseh.