CASHION — Dale’s third-ranked Lady Pirates, battling through several forms of adversity, staved off Alva 46-40 in overtime Friday in a semifinal matchup at the Cashion County Line Tournament.
Dale (17-1) was whistled for 27 fouls to 18 for Alva. Mikayla Rutland fouled out in the third quarter and fellow starter Lindy Nowakowski followed suit early in the fourth quarter.
Additionally, Claire Chastain suffered an injury in the second quarter and missed most of the rest of the game.
Regulation play concluded in a tie at 39 as Dale missed a layup at the buzzer.
The Lady Pirates outscored Alva 7-1 in the extra session.
Jacie McClure and Elaine Witt deadlocked for Dale’s scoring honors with 10.
McClure posted three 3-point field goals, one of which came in overtime.
Dale was 11 of 18 from the line while Alva was 17 of 19.
The teams combined for 45 fouls.
Brenlee Sheppard hit all four of her free throws.
Dale advanced to today’s 7 p.m. title game against the winner of Friday’s Cashion-Riverside semifinal contest. Cashion is ranked second in Class 2A and Riverside is 13th in 3A.
“Considering the circumstances and adversity we faced, I am proud of how hard we played,” Dale coach Josh Forsythe said. “We did a good job defensively, but we need to do a better job of adjusting to the officiating. A lot of our girls stepped up off the bench again.
“In all reality, with all the things we faced, we shouldn’t have won the game but we persevered.”
Forsythe said he didn’t know if Chastain would be available to play tonight.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.