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Dalton’s Kylee Johnson
Dalton’s Addesa Miller
Dalton’s Emma Lunsford
By ARIEL STAHLER
DGKN sports writer
Dalton High School’s varsity girls basketball team ran into trouble against Waynedale and Perry. The two losses dropped the Lady Dawgs to 7-7 overall and 6-3 against WCAL teams.
Waynedale hosted Dalton Jan. 13 and the Golden Bears took the 56-25 victory. Addesa Miller led the Lady Dawgs with 10 points and two rebounds. Ella Lunsford collected seven points, one board and one assist. Mia Weaver grabbed five rebounds, scored one point and dished two assists. Kylee Johnson had four rebounds, two points and two assists. Sophia Surmay recorded three points. Maddy West finished with two points and two rebounds. Sarah Witmer and Da’Mareia Sampson both had one rebound each.
“We did not play a great game versus Waynedale,” said Dalton’s head coach Katie Miller. “Waynedale, I think, played one of their best games they have played this season. They have a nice supporting cast with Alyssa Geiser, Cherlyn Miller and Brooklyn Yoder. We will get better as coaches and as a team.”
The Lady Dawgs traveled to Perry Jan. 15, but the Panthers came away with the 54-46 win. Addesa Miller collected 19 points, nine of which came from beyond the 3-point arc, along with four rebounds and two assists. Lunsford finished with 17 points, five boards and two assists.
Weaver was a force in the paint, as she pulled down 11 rebounds. She also scored three points and passed three assists. Johnson totaled five points, two rebounds and two assists. Kendall Maibach scored two points. Witmer had three rebounds and two assists. West ended with two boards and one assist.
“Perry is having one of its best seasons in years,” said Katie Miller. “We knew going in we would be challenged with their speed, physicality and their best player, Meredith Randulic. Addesa and Ella both had great games and really fed off of each other. We had some very good defensive efforts from all of our girls. Mia continues to rebound the ball well for us. We are moving in the right direction even though we were unable to get the win.”