Big third quarter beneficial to Dale
KINGSTON — A third-quarter scoring binge was just what second-ranked Dale needed in jump-starting a 64-47 triumph over Rock Creek Thursday in opening-round action of the Kingston Tournament.
Dale led 25-24 at halftime but hit Rock Creek with a 28-7 avalanche in the third quarter.
“We got off to a slow start and didn’t shoot the ball well in the first half,” Dale coach Jeff Edmonson said. “We played really well in the third quarter. We started substituting in the fourth quarter.”
Senior Trae Thompson and junior Carter Crowe headed Dale’s scoring with 14 apiece. Palmer Jones and Ike Shirey chipped in with 11 each.
Dale moves into today’s 5:40 semifinals against the winner of Thursday’s matchup between Atoka and Howe. Dale hasn’t played either team this season.
Dale 67, Rock Creek 18
Dale trailed just once, 3-0, in steamrolling Rock Creek.
Winning coach Eric Smith utilized 14 players, 13 of whom scored.
Senior Jaci McClure was the sole double-figure scorer with 13, including three 3-point field goals. Emilia Idelman offered eight points while teammates Lindy Nowakowski and Faith Wright put in seven apiece.
Dale, ranked second in 2A, upped its record to 8-3. The Lady Pirates move into today’s 7 p.m. semifinals opposite Thursday’s first-round Kingston-Latta winner. Dale is 1-0 against Latta this season.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.