DALE—The Dale hoop squads played host to Luther on Tuesday night and came away with a double dip sweep. The Lady Pirates routed the Lady Lions 70-43, and the Pirates slugged it out for a 57-45 escape of the Lions.
In the boys game, the top-ranked Pirates overcame a two-point second quarter to get the home win. Dale led 19-11 after the first quarter but stalled in the second as Luther climbed back to trail just 21-18 at the intermission. Logan Woodruff led the Dale charge in the first half, scoring half of his game-high 20 points.
The second half turned into a football game on wood. The Pirates hit 17 of their 22 second half free throw attempts to pull away from the Lions.Dale increased the lead to 36-31 after the third quarter, then salted the game away from the free throw line throughout the final period.
Luther cut into the lead early in the fourth quarter, opening on a 6-1 run. Tyler Becker hit a lay up with 4:25 left to get the Lions within a point at 40-39, but that was as close as the Lions would come. Becker led Luther with 18 points on the night, including three treys.
Dale didn’t score a field goal after the 6:02 mark of the fourth, but didn’t need to as they took advantage at the free throw line.
Woodruff was joined in double figures by Gabe Gouge, who scored 12 along with Dallen Forsythe’s ten-spot. Forsythe’s night was cut short due to fouls, with 5:14 left in the contest.
The girls’ game was close, for just a quarter. The top-ranked Lady Pirates led 16-11 after the first quarter then took control in the second. By the end of the half Dale had bumped up the lead to 40-20. Seven different Lady Pirates scored in the opening half and hit four treys.
Dale’s defense gave the Lady Lions fits all night. They limited Luther to very few open looks and forced them into multiple turnovers with the full court pressure.
Dale increased the lead to 58-29 after the third quarter and cruised to the easy victory.
Lindy Nowakowski led Dale in scoring with 14 points. Jace McClure scored a dozen, including two treys. Emmie Idleman and Miya Miller came off of the bench to chip in eight points each. Brenlee Sheppard added seven and Danyn Lang provided a second quarter spark with six.
The Class 2A top-ranked Dale squads will host OCH Friday night.