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Dalton sophomore Marley Clark goes up for a basket Feb. 4 against Northwestern.
Dalton’s Sarah Witmer against Northwestern Feb. 4.
Dalton’s Ella Lunsford
Dalton’s Mia Weaver keeps the way clear for Tess Denning Feb. 6 against Louisville.
By ARIEL STAHLER
Gazette & News sports writer
Dalton High School’s varsity girls basketball team had no problem taking down Northwestern in their first game of the week. Louisville gave the Lady Dawgs some trouble, but Dalton was able to secure the win.
Dalton took a trip to Northwestern Feb. 4 and efficiently defeated the Huskies 68-27. The Lady Dawgs started out fast with a 16-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. They had extended their lead to 39-11 at the halfway mark. The Huskies never scored more than eight points in a quarter.
Tess Denning was Dalton’s leading scorer with 21 points. She also grabbed nine rebounds and passed two assists. Ella Lunsford finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Marley Clark put up eight points and one assist. Lauren Clos added seven points, in addition to pulling four rebounds. Addesa Miller ended with six points, six boards and four assists. Sarah Witmer had five points and four assists in the win. Kylee Johnson and Piper Cannon combined for four points. Johnson also had one assist. Mia Weaver totaled five rebounds, four assists and two points.
“We played well on Thursday at Northwestern,” said Dalton’s head coach Katie Miller. “Northwestern has a nice team that we knew we needed to play well to win. We thought we got great minutes from a lot of our players throughout the game.”
Dalton had the same end result in their Feb. 6 home game against Louisville, but the Leopards kept close the whole game. The Lady Dawgs won 58-56.
The score was tied at 11-all by the end of the first quarter. Dalton held a narrow six-point lead at halftime. Louisville outscored Dalton in the third quarter, but the Lady Dawgs still led by two points. This helped Dalton hold on for the win since both teams scored 12 points in the final quarter.
Addesa Miller sunk 13 free throws on her way to recording a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Lunsford collected 18 points, eight rebounds and one assist. Denning ripped down 13 boards, scored nine points and dished one assist. Weaver finished with five points, three rebounds and two assists. Clos had three points, two rebounds and one assist.
Witmer snagged five boards. Clark ended with one rebound and one assist.
“Saturday, we knew it was going to be a tough game at home with Louisville,” said Katie Miller. “They have length and athleticism that we knew would pressure us for 32 minutes. Our guards did a great job grinding through the game and continuing to play. A great team win for us. Now we will get ready for Hillsdale and Tuslaw next week.”
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