Bulldog girls overcome 27 fouls, hold off Walla Walla Valley Academy

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DAYTON — Dayton committed 27 fouls and had two players sent to the bench with five personals, but the Knights girls from Walla Walla Valley Academy could not take advantage from the free throw line as Dayton held on to win a low-scoring Southeast B South Division affair, 38-32, here Tuesday.

The Knights shot 40 free throws for the game, but bucketed only 18.

"I thought both teams played great defense tonight, and obviously we both struggled a bit offensively," WWVA coach Monty Buell said. "In the fourth quarter, when we came back and took a little lead, I thought we’d be able to hold it. But give Dayton credit. They had the mental toughness to come back, and they made their free throws down the stretch."

Dayton shot 15-of-22 on the night from the charity stripe — none bigger than Kayla Dedloff’s 6-of-6, including 4-of-4 in the final minute.

The Bulldogs led nearly the entire game, but at the 4:24 mark of the fourth quarter, the Knights grabbed their first lead, 29-28, on a Victoria Buell layup. Two made free throws by Buell and Kelsie Schafer capped a 9-2 quarter-opening run that gave WWVA its biggest lead of the night, 31-28.

But at just under the 3-minute mark, Dayton’s Katie Varney began the final and deciding Bulldog run by seizing three rebounds and burying 3-of-6 free throws. After another made free throw by Nicole Lockard, Dedloff took over and ended the game with a two-rebound, six-point, final minute-and-a-half.

Dayton ended the game on a 10-1 run.

"At the end, I was very, very happy with the way the girls got three down and ended up winning by six," Dayton coach Scott Hudson said. "We made our foul shots at the end, when we couldn’t make them throughout the game."

Dedloff led the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounds with 12 points and nine boards.

Buell scored 18 points for the Knights, with 12 coming on 19 attempts at the free-throw stripe. Buell also logged a team-high nine rebounds.

A sloppy first quarter saw WWVA turn the ball over 12 times — Dayton nine — and both teams score a combined nine points. The Knights, already in the 1-and-1 bonus after one quarter, made 15 trips to the line in the second quarter, scoring on eight tries.

WWVA didn’t register its first field goal until Schafer’s layup with under three minutes left in the first half.

WWVA — Schafer 1 2-6 4, K. Buell 2 0-3 4, V. Buell 3 12-19 18, Hutton 1 2-6 4, Field 0 1-4 1, Patino 0 1-2 1, Brewer 0 0-0 0, Felice 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0, Will 0 0-0 0. Totals: 7 18-40 32.

Dayton — Lockard 2 3-4 8, Miller 3 1-2 7, Bickelhaupt 1 0-0 2, Dedloff 3 6-6 12, Tate 1 0-0 2, Smith 1 0-0 2, Lambert 0 1-2 1, Varney 0 4-8 4, Turner 0 0-0 0, Trump 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 15-22 38.

WWVA 2 12 8 10 — 32

Dayton 7 11 8 12 — 38

3-point goals — WWVA none, Dayton 1 (Lockard), Total Fouls – WWVA 20, Dayton 27. Fouled out – WWVA (Brewer), Dayton (Tate, Lambert). Technical Fouls – none. Rebounds – WWVA 29 (V. Buell 9), Dayton 27 (Dedloff 9). Turnovers – WWVA 29, Dayton 31.

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