DALE – Claire Chastain had a 28-point performance to lead No. 3 in Class 2A Dale in a 51-32 home win over Vanoss Tuesday. The No. 9 in Class 2A Lady Wolves were minus their usual starters and had four freshmen in play.
“I'm really proud of our efforst on both ends of the floor. Really came ready to play hard, and that's the big thing,” Dale coach Josh Forsythe said.
Chastain hit a 3-pointer with 4:45 left in the first to get Dale out to a 7-4 lead but six unanswered points by Vanoss gave them a 3-point advantage with 2:18 left. Rylee Thompson hit a shot with 2:05 left to send the Lady Pirates on an 11-0 run capped on a steal and bucket by Chastain to lead 18-10 after the first.
The teams traded blows before Chastain put in a layup and ensuing free-throw with 4:38 to go to start a 7-0 run capped on a shot by Elaine Witt to go ahead 29-17 late into the second.
The Lady Pirates were keyed in offensively and set themselves up with several good looks.
“That's what we've got to continue to do is not be impatient, keep moving that ball,” Forsythe said.
Up 40-24 in the third, Mikayla Rutland put in her first bucket of the night to start a run of eight points unanswered and extend Dale's lead to 48-24 on a basket from Chastain. Vanoss head coach John Hurt was handed a technical during the run that put Rutland at the line, where she made both free-throws.
Chastain led all scorers with 28 points and Thompson had 16, dropping three treys along the way. Jacie McClure scored nine off the bench on three triples, Lindy Nowakowski had seven and Rutland had six.
Vanoss was led by Lizzy Simpson with 15 points, Emrie Ellis had 11 and Rileigh Rush had nine.
Dale moves to 20-3 on the season with the win. They travel to Wewoka Friday.
With the season drawing to a close, Forsythe hopes to continue seeing the type of effort his girls put forth Tuesday night.
“When we play with that kind of execution on both ends of the floor, we can play with anybody,” he said. “We can have an opportunity to go really far and get to where we want to get to. But from here on out it's about being able to do that every single game and not having a setback.”