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Dale boys, Vanoss girls win comfortably

Keven Scrutchins
Contributing Writer
Dale Pirate Carter Crows goes up strong for two Tuesday night.    
Keven Scrutchins/Shawnee News-Star

DALE—Tuesday’s doubleheader in Dale featured four teams in Class 2A’s top 10 and the higher-ranked teams in both games came away with comfortable wins.

The top-ranked Vanoss Lady Wolves beat Dale 53-41 before the Pirates whipped seventh-ranked Vanoss, 61-38.

In the boys’ game, Vanoss kept matters close for a quarter. Dale led 16-10 after the first eight minutes of play then broke the game open in the second.

Dale outscored Vanoss 18-3 in the frame and took a 34-13 lead into the half.

“We played well at times tonight,” said Dale head coach Jeff Edmonson. “We are getting healthier at the right time, with the playoffs starting next week.”

Two Dale fixtures in the starting lineup, Brady Johnson and Palmer Jones, each saw game action against the Wolves. Johnson finished with 10 points while Jones did not score in very limited minutes.

Dale led 47-30 at the end of three quarters and played reserves most of the fourth quarter.

Ike Shirey and Cedric Scott led Dale in scoring with 12 points each. Carter Crowe joined Johnson with 10 points and Dallen Forsythe scored eight of the Pirate points.

Dale, ranked third in Class 2A, improved to 16-6 on the season and will travel to face Newcastle Thursday night.

In the girls’ game, Vanoss stifled the Dale offense in the first quarter, holding the Lady Pirates to one lone field goal by Elaine Witt. Vanoss led 11-2 after the first quarter and took a 33-14 lead into intermission.

The slow start for the Lady Pirates was too much to overcome against the top-ranked Lady Wolves.

Vanoss led 46-29 after three quarters and built its biggest lead of 52-31 with 6:02 left in the game.

The fifth-ranked Lady Pirates outscored Vanoss 12-7 in the fourth quarter.

Vanoss (21-2) had three players reach double figure scoring led by Lizzy Simpson’s 14-point effort. Trinity Belcher added 12 and Emrie Ellis hit for 10.

Witt was Dales’ only scorer in double figures with a dozen. Makenzie Gill added six and Faith Wright scored five for the Lady Pirates.

Dale fell to 14-7 on the season and will travel to Newcastle Thursday night.