Waitsburg-Prescott girls knock off visiting Dayton, 59-48

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WAITSBURG — Led by 20 points from Katy Hofer, Waitsburg-Prescott defeated rival Dayton, 59-48, Friday night in a Southeast 2B girls basketball game.

Dayton (12-5, 5-2 SE2B) got 15 points from guard McKayla Bickelhaupt, but was stymied by a box-and-one zone W-P brought specifically to neutralize Bickelhaupt.

“We knew going into the game that we had to do all that we could to keep the ball out of McKayla’s hands,” W-P coach Jerry Baker said. “She’s just that good of a ball player, and even with the box-and-one we struggled with her.”

The Bulldogs held a 14-13 advantage after a period, but W-P (6-9, 4-3) held them without a field goal in the second period, limiting Dayton to just a trio of free throws and taking a 27-17 lead to the half.

Meliah Frame paced Dayton in the first quarter with seven of her eight points, but after she ran into foul trouble the Bulldogs struggled to execute until after the break.

“We tried to get them to realize that you run your normal stuff against that (box-and-one) and they had just never seen it before,” Dayton coach Clayton Strong said. “Give (W-P) a ton of credit, they had a really great game plan and they executed it. We didn’t execute as well as we could have.”

Dayton recovered in the third quarter but couldn’t make a run and W-P carried a seven-point, 41-34 lead into the fourth.

The Bulldogs came achingly close to taking the lead in the fourth.

Bickelhaupt intercepted a W-P pass in the paint and took the ball coast-to-coast for a layup to bring Dayton within two, 42-40, with 5:34 left to play.

Samantha Harting hit the front end of a one-and-one on Dayton’s next possession to bring Dayton within one, capping a 7-1 run that began with the start of the period, but that was as close as the Bulldogs got.

Waitsburg-Prescott scored five consecutive baskets over the next two minutes to reestablish a 10-point lead, 51-41, with just under two minutes left in the game.

“We (Dayton) turned the ball over way too much down the stretch and they came out and pressured us,” Strong said. “When we turned they ball over they got probably eight points in transition — just easy transition — because we turned the ball over. It took a three-point game and turned it into an 11-point game.”

Down nine with just over a minute left in the game after a Lexie Ramirez free throw, Dayton was forced to foul.

W-P’s Krystal Harris hit all six of her opportunities at the line and Heidi Miller downed a pair of freebies down the stretch to seal the victory.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT 59, DAYTON 48

DAYTON — Tate 5 0-0 11, Ramirez 0 1-2 1, Bickelhaupt 6 3-5 15, Phillips 2 3-7 7, Harting 2 4-9 8, Frame 3 2-4 8, Ward 0 0-2 0. Totals 18 13-29 48.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT — Kuykendall 0 0-0 0, Hofer 7 5-8 20, Moss 1 0-0 2, Brannock 3 0-2 6, Miller 0 2-2 2, Deal 3 1-2 9, Harris 2 9-10 14, Fedderson 2 2-2 6, Xaudaro 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 19-26 59.

Dayton 14 3 17 14 — 48

W-P 13 14 14 18 — 59

3-point goals — Day 1 (Tate), W-P 3 (Hofer, Deal 2). Total fouls — Day 17, W-P 20. Fouled out — WP 2 (Deal, Hofer). Technical fouls — none. Rebounding — W-P 31 (Harris 9). Turnovers — Day 25, W-P 22. Assists — Day 7 (Ramirez 2, Harting 2), W-P 16 (Chelsey 6).

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