Class 2A Area III district crowns were on the line Saturday night in Dale and the Pirates and Lady Pirates each donned the crowns in convincing performances.
The Lady Pirates pounded the Luther Lady Lions, 66-33, before the Pirates took care of the Lions, 76-44.
The two squads will travel to Ada Friday night for the first chance of punching their tickets to the Big House and the Class 2A State Tournament. The Lady Pirates will battle top-ranked Vanoss at 6:30 p.m., before the boys’ tilt with Talihina will tip off at 8 o’clock.
The Lady Pirates, against Luther, wasted little time in jumping all over the Lady Lions and Danyn Lang was right in the middle of it. Lang hit two bombs in the first quarter to help give the Lady Pirates a 14-6 lead. Lang finished with a team-high 15 points, including four treys on the night.
In the second, it was more dominance by Dale and Miya Miller provided some offensive punch off the bench. Miller came in a scored five of her 10 points in the frame. Dale doubled up Luther 34-17 heading into the break.
The Lady Pirate defense was on point the entire contest and like they did in the first quarter, held the Lady Lions to just five points in the third quarter. That enabled the lead to swell to 52-24 heading into the fourth quarter,
The Dale reserves played most of the fourth quarter and six different players scored for the Lady Pirates.
Dale’s Faith Wright added eight points while Elaine Witt scored seven.
DALE 76, LUTHER 44 (Boys)
In the boys' game, Dale’s Brady Johnson set the tone for the night. Three times the senior guard stole the ball from the Lions and turned them into layups.
“It is sure good to have Brady (Johnson) back,” said Dale head coach Jeff Edmonson.
The outburst led to Dale building a 20-5 first quarter lead and that was just the tip of the lopsided iceberg.
The Pirates built the lead to 34-14 at the half, and like they have done all season, did so with a very balanced attack. Dale had five players score in double figures in the championship.
The two squads played fairly even in the third as Dale maintained the 20-point advantage throughout and bumped it to 53-31 heading into the final eight minutes of the game.
The Pirates poured it on in the fourth and took their biggest lead of the game, 76-41, on a Kash Vanbrunt trey with 1:23 left to play.
Johnson led Dale with 15 points and Ike Shirey and Trae Thompson each scored 14. Dallen Forsythe and Carter Crowe also had big games, scoring 10 points apiece.