Lions pull away down the stretch
DAYTON – It was never pretty, but Dayton High’s girls basketball team hung tough with Yerington for 28 minutes.
High school basketball games are 32 minutes in length, and the Dust Devils would love to forget what happened in the final four minutes.
Yerington, sparked by Tashina Jim’s six points, ran off 13 unanswered points to grab a 36-23 win over the cold-shooting Dust Devils Monday afternoon in a Northern 3A contest.
Dayton had closed to 23-21 with 4 minutes left on a putback by Erin Edison and a free throw by Andrea Ramirez.
Free throws by Jim and Haley Richardson plus a basket by Tahlyah McFalls stretched the Lions’ lead to 27-21 with 3 minutes left. After Dayton misfired at the other end, Jim, who was 0-for-8 from the floor, dropped in a 3-pointer for a 30-21 lead. A putback by Makenna Lommori (10 points, 10 rebounds) made it 32-21, and Jim completed the barrage with a bucket to make it 34-21 with 1:08 left.
“The girls got tired the last part,” said Dayton’s first-year coach Cliff Serawop. “They (Yerington) started getting some fast breaks and easy layups.
“It also affected us offensively on shots. The legs were gone.”
Indeed. Dayton went 2-for-11 in the final period and turned the ball over four times. For the game, Dayton went 6-for-32. Yerington scored nine of the game’s first 12 points and ended the opening quarter with a 9-5 lead.
The Dust Devils held Yerington scoreless in the second quarter. The Lions went 0-for-11 and turned the ball over four times, but Dayton didn’t really capitalize, scoring just three points itself to make it 9-8 at the half.
In the third quarter, Yerington went on an 8-2 run to take a 17-11 lead, as Richardson dropped in a 3-pointer, while Leticia Hernandez and Lommori also scored.
Dayton’s Amber Brooks, in a span of 65 seconds, dropped in two 3-pointers to tie the game at 17 with 1:47 left in the third.
“That’s what she does,” Serawop said. “She’s a set shooter. Usually I try to use her lower. She’s good on the pick and roll.”
McFalls’ two free throws gave Yerington a 20-19 lead after three. A putback by McFalls and a basket by Richardson made it 23-18. Dayton scored the next three points, but those would be the last ones they would score.
Brooks and Taylor Hill led Dayton with six points apiece.
Lommori led Yerington with 10 points, while Richardson added eight, McFalls seven and Jim added six, all in the Lions’ big fourth quarter.