Sports

February 13, 2013

Double delight

Lady Cats earn revenge, state tournament berth

The past two times Dalton High School’s girls basketball team had faced Gilmer on the court, the results weren’t worth celebrating.

In the final game of the season last year, the top-seeded Lady Catamounts were denied a spot in the state tournament as Gilmer pulled off an upset in the region tournament. This season, the Lady Bobcats beat Dalton by 11 points in North Murray’s Mistletoe Madness tournament.

But Tuesday night in the Region 7-4A tournament, the Lady Cats earned a little payback at home.

Senior guard Maddie Howell scored 18 points and point guard Brooke Thomas added 14 as Dalton clinched a spot in the Class 4A state tournament with a 53-46 quarterfinals victory over Gilmer. The victory was a celebration in a number of ways for Dalton (20-6), which advanced to the region semifinals and will play at 4 p.m. Friday against the winner of today’s game between River Ridge and Heritage-Catoosa.

“We owed them a little something,” Howell said after the win. “I think we really came together as a team as well as we ever had this season tonight.”

The win was also the 250th victory at Dalton High — and 500th overall — for coach Jeff McKinney.

“We didn’t get many points off of turnovers, but we were very patient tonight running our offense,” McKinney said.

Patience was a big factor as the Lady Bobcats (13-12) keyed on Howell early. Howell scored just three points in the first half — a 3-pointer in the final minute before halftime — and yet the Lady Cats held a 27-19 lead. Dalton did that by running its motion offense over and over when Gilmer was in a man-to-man defense or switching the ball back and forth in their overload set against Gilmer’s zone.

“I was so glad the rest of the team stepped up and scored,” Howell said. “We were patient on our end of the court, and we don’t mind running our offense over and over. Our goal is to make the other team break down on defense, and we will get an easy basket.”

Fellow seniors Brooke Thomas and Taylor Behr benefited the most in the first half as the duo combined for 18 of the team’s first 20 points.

“They put us out last year, and I was a little nervous coming into this game,” said Behr, who finished with nine points. “When they beat us at North Murray at Christmas, I think that was a big wake-up call for all of us. It felt good to get back to state by beating them this year.”

After the first half, Gilmer shifted its focus away from Howell, and she made the Lady Bobcats pay. She scored 10 of Dalton’s 12 third-quarter points, and the Lady Cats eventually stretched that second-half lead out to 17 points on a Howell 3-pointer just shy of the halfway mark in the fourth quarter.

Gilmer was led by post Brittany Lowman’s 14 points.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSCsoccer2.jpg Ready to get started: Roadrunners add Daser as soccer director

    Dalton State College athletic director Derek Waugh called Kerem Daser a good “fit” as the Roadrunners’ new soccer director.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • CreekFootball.jpg Coahulla Creek enters new era with Barger

    VARNELL — With just two varsity football seasons to its credit and little success in the win column so far, Coahulla Creek High School doesn’t yet have what one would call a proud football history.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rush turning to Gold's

    Dalton is gaining a Gold’s Gym, but losing The Rush Fitness Complex.

    July 30, 2014

  • Dalton State College hires Kerem Daser as soccer director

    Dalton State College athletic director Derek Waugh said Tuesday that Kerem Daser, a veteran soccer coach, is the Roadrunners’ new soccer director.

    July 29, 2014

  • NW vs Cass baseball 6  mlh.jpg Thrown a curveball

    About four weeks ago, Seth Pierce and his family moved closer to Ringgold High School — a move which has big ramifications on two sports fronts. Not only will his departure affect the Northwest Whitfield High School baseball program, the move will also put him back on the football field.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NW Football3.jpg Prep football: NW Whitfield staying hungry for more success

    Northwest Whitfield High School entered the 2013 season motivated to reach the state playoffs — something the Bruins accomplished.
    This year’s team possesses the hunger to mirror last season’s successes — and possibly more.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chris Whitfield: Ending ride (kind of) as sports writer

    T wo weeks ago, I was told by managing editor Jamie Jones that I would no longer be a full-time sports writer with The Daily Citizen. It was a mutual decision.

    July 28, 2014

  • Local trio leads NW section to 3rd place

    Tori Owens, of Chatsworth finished 11-over-par Monday in the Junior Sectional Challenge Match at The Landings Club-Marshwood and Magnolia in Savannah for third place in the girls 12-13-year-old 9-hole division. She joined Landon Painter and Hardin Chambless on the Northwest team.

    July 28, 2014

  • SE fball conditioning 1 mlh.jpg Prep football: Raiders enter preseason hoping for breakthrough

    Entering his third year as Southeast Whitfield High School’s football coach, Sean Gray believes the last obstacle is belief.
    He believes this group of Raiders has that quality.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Devin Golden: Other sports start practice this week

    Football isn’t the only high school sport during the fall — and the others are joining in this week.

    July 28, 2014