YUKON – Dale will have a chance at an eighth state championship.
Sophomore Danyn Lang dropped 26 points and the Lady Pirates proved why they were the top seed heading into the state tournament with a 60-42 semifinal triumph over No. 5 Latta.
“If we want to win Saturday, we have to do a better job of making free throws,” Dale coach Eric Smith said. “Now we need to go home get some rest and go over the scouting report.”
Danyn Lang canned a trey as the first quarter expired, giving Dale a 15-6 advantage heading into the second frame.
“It was a great feeling,” Lang said. “Knowing I could made that shot for my seniors was amazing. With the game being so close, I knew I had to get the shot off.”
The teams traded baskets in the second quarter and Dale managed to take a 27-21 lead into the locker room.
Danyn Lang led Dale with 10 points in the first half.
“We had to have Danyn tonight,” Smith said. “If she doesn’t have a big game, we don’t have a chance at winning.”
With time expiring in the third quarter, Lang knocked down her second buzzer beater of the game, giving Dale a 38-30 with one quarter to play.
The Lady Pirates outscored Latta 22-12 in the final quarter.
Lang knocked down 13 of 16 at the charity stripe.
As a team, Dale made 30 of 47 free throws.
Tipoff for the 2A championship will be 2 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds Arena in Oklahoma City.
Dale beat No. 2 Howe 65-55 in the finals of the Kingston tournament in January.
Dale won titles in 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1991 and 2010.