PHOTOS BY LISA McGINTY | LMc Photography
Dalton’s Jalen Wenger under heavy coverage against Hillsdale.
Dalton’s Jaden Schlabach
Dalton’s Braylon Wenger
Dalton’s Kyrie Gaut
By ARIEL STAHLER
DGKN sports writer
The Wenger brothers could consider 31 a lucky number after this week’s games. Braylon dropped 31 points in Dalton High School’s win over Hillsdale. Then Jalen put up 31 points in the Dawgs’ victory over University School. The wins improved the Dawgs’ overall record to 8-2 and they hold a 6-0 league record to remain undefeated against WCAL teams.
Braylon Wenger splashed in six triples during his 31-point performance that aided Dalton to a 91-45 rout of Hillsdale at home Jan. 14. In addition to his scoring explosion, Braylon Wenger also dished out six assists and grabbed two rebounds. Kyrie Gaut nailed seven triples and finished with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists. Jalen Wenger contributed 17 points, one rebound and three assists. Jaden Schlabach added six points, two rebounds and two assists. Justin Basinger, Colin Pearson and Brady Hignight combined for four points. Keller McFarren scored three points. Grayson Lehman ended with two points, three boards and two assists. Quentin Lehman finished with two points, three rebounds and one assist. Braden Fiesler scored two points and grabbed two rebounds.
Dalton defeated University School 83-68 at home Jan. 15. This time, it was Jalen Wenger’s turn to score 31 points in a game, along with dropping three dimes. Gaut had another strong performance with 30 points and five rebounds. Braylon Wenger finished with 14 points, seven boards and seven assists. Pearson totaled six points and one rebound. Schlabach snatched 13 rebounds, scored two points and passed one assist. Grayson Lehman and Quentin Lehman both grabbed five boards each and Quentin had two assists. Basinger pulled down one rebound.
“The team played well this weekend,” said Dalton’s head coach Kaleb Reed. “The kids have been playing well on the defensive end and they have been doing a good job turning those defensive stops into transition baskets. We also shot the ball well from the outside, which gave us a big boost.”