BETHEL - Coming off an upset loss to Christian Heritage Academy earlier in the week, the Class 2A No. 1 Dale Lady Pirates led wire-to-wire and beat the Bethel Lady Wildcats 60-16 in the I-40 Shootout Friday night.
Dale went on an 18-2 run to start the game behind Hannah Ash and Claire Chastain each scoring six points in that span. Dale coach Josh Forsythe was pleased with his teams' effort during the first quarter.
“I thought our defense was really good early,” Forsythe said. “We got some high percentage shots in the low post. Overall I was happy with their effort. I'm really proud of them.”
The Lady Pirates managed a 14-5 run in the second quarter and put the game out of reach heading into the fourth quarter. Before Forsythe went to his bench, Dale held a 47-15 lead.
“Playoffs are coming up and we're just trying to be disciplined and have good effort on the defensive end,” Forsythe said “On the offensive side, we're trying to not turn the ball over and getting quality high percentage shots every time down the floor. The rest will take care of itself.”
When Dale went to the bench, they still outscored Bethel 9-1.
Despite scoring 60 points, Dale struggled once again from three-point land. As a team, the Lady Pirates were 3 of 13 (23%). The Lady Pirates also had a difficult time from the free throw line, hitting 11 of 21 (52%).
“The main thing that we have to understand is, if you're struggling shooting the ball, you have to get in the gym and try and fix it and get your confidence up,” Forsythe said. “I think sometimes we're rushing shots early in a possession. I think we have to do a better job of moving the ball and getting better looks.”
While only playing three quarters, Ash and Chastain were tied for the team lead in scoring with 13. Chastain also recorded four blocks. Dani Manning filled the stat sheet with five points, six assists and four steals.
Kirsten Winters led the Lady Wildcats with five points.
Dale (20-2) will travel to Vanoss Tuesday. Bethel (10-10) hosts 3A No. 8 Beggs Tuesday. Both games are scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.