Dayton girls move into first-place tie

Appeal Staff Report

The Dayton girls basketball team moved into a three-way tie for first-place in the Northern 3A with a 63-52 win at home against Lowry on Friday night.

Dayton scoring: Chanelle Thompson 29, Brittany Hill 12, Kasani Cortez 8, Andrea Pluck 5, Erika Garcia 3, Ariella Ruybal 2, Kathie Arias 2, Matia Spencer 2.

Dayton (8-2 in league, 15-2 overall) is now tied for first-place with Spring Creek and Yerington - all with two losses.

The difference came in the second quarter when Dayton outscored Lowry 22-4. The Buckaroos had led 15-8 after one quarter.

"I challenged them defensively in the second quarter," Dayton coach Shari Andreasen said. "I told them, 'Do you want to play defense, or do you want them to walk all over you.' They decided they wanted to play with heart and to play defense.

"We need to win the rest of our games if we want to finish first, so tonight was huge," said Andreasen, whose Dust Devils face another crucial test when they host Spring Creek at 12:30 today.

Yerington 60, Spring Creek 46

The Yerington girls (23-3, 8-2) pulled into a tie atop the Northern 3A with a solid 60-46 home win over Spring Creek.

The Lions opened up a five point lead in the first quarter and held that at half time. Yerington pulled away in the second half, outscoring Spring Creek 33-24.

Lowry plays at Yerington today at 12:30 p.m.

BOYS

Dayton 52, Lowry 47

The Dust Devils boys put in a strong first half and then held on to defeat the Lowry Buckaroos 52-47 in Winnemucca.

Dayton (7-3, 14-7) stayed in the hunt for first-place with Yerington and Incline.

Dayton held a 26-20 advantage at the half and held off a Lowry rally in the fourth quarter as the Buckaroos scored 15 points in the final period.

Tanner Wood led the scoring with a balanced 30 points (8 in the first quarter, 9 in the second, 8 in the third and 5 in the fourth).

Hans Meyer hit some key free throws down the stretch, according to Dayton coach T.W. Cunningham, who celebrated a successful homecoming to Lowry, where he was a star athlete in the 1990s.

The backcourt played a key role offensively, according to Cunningham.

"I thought our guards did a good job handling their pressure," he said.

Dayton plays a 2 p.m. game at Spring Creek today.

Carson JV boys 51, Damonte Ranch 47

Michael Lowes scored 11 of his team-high 12 points in the first half to help put Carson on track to the Sierra League victory at Damonte Ranch.

Carson (6-4, 14-6) held a 20-11 lead at the intermission and maintained a double-digit lead through most of the second half before the Mustangs staged a late comeback in the final two minutes.

Eight players scored for the balanced Senators, led by Lowes with 12, while Ian Witter and Josh Peacock added 10 points each and Jeff Davies 9. Pat Smith also scored 4 points, while Kevin Kurek, Spencer Roberts and Brennan Shaffer added 2 apiece.

Carson frosh boys 58, Damonte Ranch 44

Chris Steele turned in a solid all-around performance, leading a balanced offensive attack that helped Carson (10-0 league, 18-1 overall) win at home.

Steele, a 6-foot-1 guard, scored 13 points, to go with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals for the Senators. Danny Gall and Carlos Carrillo also scored in double digits with 11 points each.

Matt Cooper and Tyler Collins contributed 5 points each, while Trey Jensen and Logan Philippi scored 3 points each. Timmy Miranda, Tim Dotson and Johnny Lanuza each scored 2 points and Adam Witt 1. John Parker also grabbed 5 rebounds and played well defensively.

Carson JV girls 46, Damonte Ranch 20

All 11 girls scored for the Senators in their victory.

Kate Schulz and Hannah Dudley each scored 6. Hannah Shaw and Natalie Stevens together had 11 steals. Katie McFarrin had 6 rebounds and Janet Butler had 2 assists and 4 rebounds. Elysse Virden had 5 rebounds and blocked 2 shots.

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