DALE — A second-half flurry led by Taylor Thompson and Hannah Ash allowed Dale’s girls to rally past Preston 44-36 in a season opener Friday night.
Thompson knocked down six 3-point shots — two late in the third quarter and two early in the final quarter — en route to a game-high 18 points.
Preston led 27-24 after three quarters but was outscored 20-9 down the stretch.
Ash, who provided 14 points, was 8 of 8 at the charity stripe, including 6 of 6 over the final eight minutes.
Dani Manning of Dale notched six points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. Claire Chastain had six points and five rebounds.
“We started slow but we made some adjustments in the second half,” Dale coach Josh Forsythe said. “We rebounded well in the second half, and we moved the ball better. We really made the plays down the stretch.”
Coach Jeff Edmonson and his Pirates also won their season opener, 46-40, as Brett Cunningham led all scorers with 27 points.
Dale led 20-19 at halftime with Cunningham collecting 12 points. The Pirates were up 29-27 entering the final eight minutes.
Cunningham knocked down three shots from 3-point range and collected five rebounds.
Cole Seaborn of Dale finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.
C.J. Cochran led Preston with 21 points.
“We played really good defense,” Edmonson said. “Preston was in the state finals last year so this is a good win to start off the season.”
Dale will play host to Latta Tuesday night with the girls kicking off the action at 6:30.