Dayton girls win Tuesday
Dayton’s girls put host Whittell in a Dillie of a pickle on the way to a 56-17 Northern Nevada 3A Division II road win on Tuesday.
Dust Devils senior forward Jennifer Dillie scored 12 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter as Dayton overcame a slow start to finish the season sweep of Whittell. Dillie also had nine rebounds as she provided Dayton’s guards with an offensive outlet against Whittell’s shorter front line.
“We were not playing to our level at all,” Dillie said. “We came out pumped up in the second half and started passing the ball more, and stepped up.”
The Dust Devils (14-10 overall, 6-2 in Northern Nevada 3A Division II play) outscored the Warriors 32-10 in the second half after leading just 8-4 after the first period. Whittell fell to 0-17 on the season, 0-5 in division play despite another gritty first quarter from its outmatched starters.
“That’s the best I’ve seen them play,” said Warriors head coach Lindsay Wines. “The next five games, I’d like to see that game all 160 minutes.”
Still, that didn’t help the Warriors after the first quarter. Dayton outscored Whittell 16-3 in the second quarter, 14-7 in the third and 18-3 in the fourth to close the win and complete the sweep. Dayton won 53-11 at home in January.
“I think they stepped up their defense a little bit, and we were working on a little half-court trap, and that forced some turnovers, offensively,” Dust Devils head coach Kathy Jones said.
Dillie’s dominance in the paint helped the Dust Devils overcome a rough night in the backcourt. Her rebounding also helped Dayton discover easy second-chance shots as the Dust Devils turned the game around.
“Their whole offense is Jennifer Dillie,” Wines said. “I don’t have anyone who can match up with Jennifer. “
“We were not working hard,” Jones said. “We were not playing good defense, and our last few games, we’ve been playing up and down, defensively.”
The quick turnaround doomed the Warriors. After Dayton scored six quick points in the second quarter, Whittell could not get back into the game.
“We just kind of totally lost our intensity,” Wines said.
Caitlin Fagan led Whittell with 11 points, and teammates Ashley Berns – who came within three boards of the school record with 22 against Incline on Friday – and Courtney Benvenuto each had five rebounds. Tasha Thompson scored eight points for Dayton.
Whittell returns to action with a 6 p.m. road game today at Yerington.
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