Sports

February 6, 2013

No one better

Lady Cats clinch at least share of sub-region crown

CHATSWORTH — Dalton High School’s girls basketball team wasn’t at its best offensively in the first half Tuesday night, but Southeast Whitfield let their visitors off the hook.

The Lady Raiders’ shooting went cold in the first and fourth quarters, while Dalton found its offensive balance in the second half to take a 51-41 victory in Sub-region 7B-4A. It was a key victory for the Lady Catamounts, who guaranteed themselves a share of the top spot in the sub-region and no worse than a No. 2 seed for next week’s Region 7-4A tournament.

Dalton’s girls (19-6) are 8-2 in sub-region play, and with Northwest Whitfield’s win over Ridgeland on Tuesday, Dalton and Northwest are tied atop of the sub-region standings with two losses each. However, the Lady Bruins have one more game remaining on the schedule, hosting Heritage-Catoosa on Thursday in their regular-season finalé.

Should Northwest win, Lady Cats coach McKinney said a coin flip would be used to determine the No. 1 seed. The Lady Cats and Lady Bruins have split their two regular-season games.

But no matter the outcome of the seeding, McKinney said he was just happy to be in position for the top after his team struggled in the first half.

“We scored 21 points in the first half, and that is just not us and is not going to win a lot of ball games,” McKinney said.

Thankfully for Dalton, Southeast’s offense was worse.

The Lady Raiders made just 26 percent of their shots from the field in the first half, going scoreless in the first three minutes of the game. It was a pattern that repeated when Southeast went scoreless over a four-minute stretch in the fourth quarter, and Dalton extended a 39-37 lead to 45-37 with 53 seconds remaining to ice the game.

“It is going to happen,” Southeast coach Mike Durham said. “Shots aren’t going to fall every time, but we played well on the defensive end. But Dalton did a good job late in the third quarter and fourth quarter of getting the shots they needed.”

Despite their rough beginning offensively, the Lady Raiders (15-9, 6-4) did enough to limit Dalton.

The Lady Cats led 21-17 at halftime after Southeast’s Cricket Wyatt hit three consecutive free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with 32 seconds left in the first half.

The game could have been closer, but Dalton’s Taylor Behr was able to pick up some of the slack as Southeast concentrated on stopping Dalton’s Maddie Howell, who finished with a team-high 18 points. Behr had just a single basket in the first half, but she was able to find holes in the Lady Raiders’ defense.

“Coach McKinney had told us to concentrate on shot fakes against their defense, and I was able to take advantage,” said Behr, who finished with 15 points. “They were really overplaying us on defense, and I was able to fake and drive to the basket.”

Dalton’s Carson Sharp made a free throw to start the second half, but Southeast went on a 9-0 run to take a 26-22 lead. The Lady Cats responded with an 11-4 burst to end the third quarter ahead 33-30.

The Lady Raiders got back to within a point with Wyatt’s transition basket to start the fourth, but no closer. After Wyatt hit a 3-pointer with just less than five minutes to play to cut Dalton’s lead to 39-37, Southeast went scoreless the next four minutes.

Wyatt finished with 20 points to lead all scorers.

Dalton boys 83, Southeast 45: Despite early foul trouble for leading scorers Alex Bautista and Rico Mears, 11 different players scored for Dalton (17-6, 7-3) in the blowout.

Bautista picked up his second foul less than three minutes into the game, and Mears soon followed him to the bench.

Text Only
Sports
  • After Deadline episode 21 (free)

    This week on “After Deadline,” The Daily Citizen sports writers Devin Golden and Chris Whitfield discuss the Northwest Whitfield High School baseball team’s prospects in the state playoffs now that the Bruins have clinched the Sub-region 7B-4A title and will compete next week for a region championship.

    April 16, 2014

  • Region track '14 8 mlh.jpg Battling the elements

    A bitterly cold wind was disruptive enough to shake up the schedule Tuesday at the opening day of the Region 7-4A track and field meet at Dalton High School.
    But those tough conditions didn’t stop some local athletes from excelling.

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Raiders clinch spot in soccer state tournament

    With the formalities of earning a GHSA Class 4A boys state soccer berth out of the way, Southeast Whitfield immediately turned its attention to a little sibling rivalry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Prep roundup: Bruins set up region semis vs. Southeast

    With a roller coaster regular season behind it, Northwest Whitfield High School’s boys soccer team is back in its comfort zone.

    April 15, 2014

  • ‘After Deadline’ turns focus on Morris soccer

    This week on “After Deadline,” The Daily Citizen sports writers Devin Golden and Chris Whitfield discuss the Northwest Whitfield High School baseball team’s prospects in the state playoffs now that the Bruins have clinched the Sub-region 7B-4A title and will compete next week for a region championship.

    April 15, 2014

  • TaylorDale.jpg Dalton's Dale a swimming All-American

    Former Dalton High School standout swimmer Taylor Dale is reaping the awards of a successful freshman season at the University of Georgia.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area prep roundup: North Murray girls golf team is region runner-up

    North Murray High School’s girls golf team is headed to sectionals on the strength of a runner-up finish at Monday’s Region 5-3A tournament.

    April 15, 2014

  • DSC tennis drops two on road

    Dalton State College was swept in men’s and women’s tennis matches Sunday at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.

    April 14, 2014

  • Devin Golden: Area aims for multiple tennis titles in tourneys

    Afew local high school tennis teams have had successful regular seasons and they aim for bigger achievements this week in the region tournaments.
    Murray County’s girls are right there near the front of the Region 7-2A pack.

    April 13, 2014

  • Middle school roundup: Eastbrook earns soccer sweep of New Hope

    Eastbrook’s boys team earned a 2-0 win Thursday against New Hope at the Kodiaks’ field.

    April 13, 2014

AP Video