Big first half propels Dale girls to win

by contributing writer Fred Fehr

WEWOKA —Head coach Josh Forsythe could be excused for not being overly ecstatic Friday night after his Dale girls upended Wewoka 53-44.

The Lady Pirates, ranked third in Class 2A, were outscored 30-24 in the second half after possessing a 29-14 intermission advantage.

Mikayla Rutland headed Dale’s scoring with 16 points, including three field goals from beyond the 3-point line. Two of her treys came in the third quarter.

Claire Chastain, like Rutland a senior, aided the cause with 9 points while teammate Brenlee Sheppard finished with 8 points, including one 3-pointer.

Wewoka knocked down nine 3-point shots, five of which came in the closing half.

Dale was efficient at the free-throw stripe, hitting 15 of 18 for 83.3 percent.

Chastain converted all four of her free throws, Rutland was 5 of 6 from the line and Sheppard finished at 3 of 4.

Dale never trailed, sprinting to an 18-8 lead after one quarter.

The Lady Pirates (21-3) will conclude the regular season Monday at Newcastle.

Dale will play host to a district tournament Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17. Pawhuska and Rejoice Christian will tangle Friday with the victor taking on Dale Saturday.

Boys

A 31-point production by Darrien Roberts carried Wewoka to a 72-45 victory over Dale.

Roberts recorded 29 points in the opening half, including four 3-point field goals, as Wewoka raced out to a 41-27 advantage.

Dale (13-11) had captured seven straight victories prior to Friday.

Logan Woodruff was Dale’s leading scorer with 18 points, including one 3-point field goal.

Gabe Gouge added 8 points for the Pirates while Brady Johnson sank two 3-point field goals.

Dale went just 9 of 18 from the charity stripe. Wewoka was 9 of 12 for 75 percent.