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Lady Dawgs split week, prep for sectional final

Dalton freshman Addesa Miller had 16 points Feb. 11.

Dalton’s Mia Weaver steals the ball and gets a bucket against the Falcons Feb. 11.

Dalton’s Sarah Witmer Feb. 11 against Hillsdale.

Tuslaw’s Brianna Fitzgerald goes up for the tip-off with Dalton’s Tess Denning Feb. 13 at home. Tuslaw won, 52-41.




Gazette & News sports writer

Hillsdale was no match for Dalton High School’s varsity girls basketball as the Lady Dawgs made quick work of the Falcons to start off the week. Dalton ended the week with a loss to Tuslaw.

Dalton had no trouble with visiting Hillsdale Feb. 11 when the Lady Dawgs won 58-28. Addesa Miller dropped in four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points and two rebounds. Tess Denning added 12 points, along with eight rebounds and one assist, on Senior Night. Dalton’s head coach Katie Miller gave praise to Denning for her contributions to the Lady Dawgs during her basketball career.

“Our only senior, Tess Denning, played a great game,” she said. “She has had a really good senior season for our team and we have greatly enjoyed having her in our program the last four years. We are excited for her to lead us this postseason.”
Ella Lunsford totaled nine points, one rebound and one assist. Mia Weaver contributed five points, five rebounds and three assists. Marley Clark had five points, five rebounds and one assist. Piper Cannon scored three points and grabbed one board. Maddy West helped out with three points. Lauren Clos had two points, two rebounds and two assists. Sydney Geiser added two points. Sarah Witmer dished out five assists while scoring two points and pulling one rebound. Kylee Johnson finished with one rebound and one assist.

Dalton’s JV team defeated Hillsdale 44-14. Kylee Johnson led with 13 points. Marley Clark added seven points. Sydney Geiser and Piper Cannon both scored six points each.

“Both JV and varsity teams played great Thursday versus Hillsdale and everyone contributed. We played well and were able to finish our league schedule out on a high note, which is great.”

The Lady Dawgs lost to Tuslaw, 52-41, at home Feb. 13. Lunsford led Dalton with 18 points and five rebounds. Denning put up 10 points, five rebounds and one assist. Weaver had six points, six boards and one assist. Addesa Miller finished with three points, two rebounds and six assists. Clos added two points, grabbed one rebound and passed two assists. Clark had two points and one assist.

Dalton JV took down Tuslaw 46-27. Kylee Johnson was Dalton’s high scorer with 19 points. Maddy West finished with eight points. Piper Cannon scored five points. Sydney Geiser, Victoria Oswald and Marley Clark all had four points apiece.

“Tuslaw does a lot of things well,” said Katie Miller. “Coach Cobb does a great job and we knew it was going to be a tournament-type feel game for 32 minutes. It took us a while to get going and did not feel like we played our best game, but we still competed against a good Tuslaw team. Playing consistent each game is vital when you are playing very good teams.
“Versus a team like Tuslaw, you have to play 32 minutes or they will make you pay. It was a really good game for us to play right before the tournament and we will get better from it. Now we prep for our Sectional Final game on Saturday.”

Dalton holds the No. 3 seed in the sectional tournament. They will play the winner of No. 7 Central Christian/No. 10 Hillsdale Feb. 20. Katie Miller outlined her team’s approach to the tournament.

“We will have a week of practice to get some extra work in to better prepare us for our game Saturday,” she said. “In tournament time, anything can happen. We will take advantage of having a few extra days to prepare.”

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