Big fourth quarter keeps Dale girls unblemished

LUTHER — A 20-8 sprint to the finish line kept the Dale girls undefeated (9-0) as they knocked off Luther 41-29 Tuesday night.

Dale was locked in a tie at 21 heading into the final eight minutes.

Claire Chastain was Dale’s only double-figure scorer with 10 but Rylee Thompson and Lindy Nowakowski chipped in with nine apiece.

Jacie McClure, Mikayla Rutland and Nowakowski each nailed a 3-pointer.

Dale hit 70 percent (14 of 20) of its charity tosses, while Luther was at 62.5 percent (10 of 16).

“Obviously, it was a defensive game,” Dale seventh-year head coach Josh Forsythe said. “We played really good defense in the second half.”

Dale will travel to Christian Heritage Friday night for one of the biggest games in the state. Christian Heritage upended Dale in last year’s state championship game after the two teams split the regular season and the Pirates prevailed in the regional championship contest.

“They have everybody back from last year’s team and are ranked No. 1. We are ranked No. 2,” Forsythe said.

Dale falls to Luther

Dale, tied at 37 entering the final quarter, couldn’t quite hang on and dropped a 54-49 decision to Luther (5-0).

Logan Woodruff and Gabe Gouge produced 15 points apiece for the Pirates (4-5). No other Pirate had more than six points.

Brady Johnson and Ben Payne of Dale had a 3-point field goal apiece.

Syrus Grisby was Luther’s high scorer with 15. Tyler Becker and Dakota Pridemore chalked up 12 each.

“We led for 3 ½ quarters,” Dale coach Jeff Edmonson said. “We were up by two with four minutes to go when they hit a trey. “We just couldn’t get it back. Luther is a tough place to play.”

Luther was granted 23 free-throw opportunities and canned 15. Dale was 8 of 13.

“We have another tough one at Christian Heritage,” Edmonson said.