Dayton girls open tourney with loss to Kiona-Benton

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DAYTON - Kiona-Benton built an 11-point first-quarter lead, fended off Dayton in the second period and then pulled away again in the third to notch a 52-33 girls basketball win in the first round of the Dayton Christmas Tournament here Thursday.

The loss left the Bulldogs still looking for their first victory. They take an 0-8 record against Lacrosse-Washtucna here this afternoon at 1:30 in the tournament's consolation finals.

Lacrosse-Washtucna suffered a 63-33 loss to Wahkiakum Thursday. Wahkiakum and Kiona-Benton tangle this afternoon at 5:15 in the championship game.

"They just kind of steadily pulled away from us," Dayton coach Clayton Strong said. "There were no big runs, they just kept extending the lead. We did cut it to five points late in the second quarter and to nine in the fourth."

Cierra Tort scored 13 points and Yesenia Torres and Bailey Schroeder contributed 10 points each to pace the Bears. Taylor Brown just missed double figures with a nine-point game.

Dayton was led by McKayla Bickelhaupt's nine points. Shelby Smith added eight points and Nicole Lambert contributed seven.

"They were much bigger than we were," Strong said. "But I thought we handled their physicality pretty well.

"Right now we are just trying to keep the girls positive knowing we haven't gotten anything to show for our efforts yet," he added. "We need a ‘W' however it happens so we can get the monkey off our backs and relax a little bit."

Kiona-Benton 52, Dayton 33

KIONA-BENTON (52) - Henrich 1-6 1-2 3, Torres 4-7 0-0 10, Vickerman 2-3 0-0 4, Tort 5-16 2-4 13, Schroeder 4-10 1-3 10, Brown 3-8 3-4 9, Haughton 0-0 0-0 0, Shuster 0-0 1-2 1, Watts 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 20-53 8-17 52.

DAYTON (33) - Tate 1-4 0-0 2, Fuller 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 0-5 0-0 0, Bickelhaupt 2-9 5-7 9, Lambert 3-5 0-2 7, Smith 2-6 4-8 8, Harting 0-2 2-2 2, Frame 0-3 0-0 0, Phillips 0-0 0-1 0, Ramirez 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 10-38 12-22 33.

Kiona-Benton 19 7 18 8 - 52

Dayton 8 11 5 11 - 33

3-point goals - Ki-Be (Torres 2, Tort, Schroeder), Dayton (Lambert). Total fouls - Ki-Be 24, Dayton 11. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Dayton 30 (Lambert 6, Miller 6), Kiona-Benton 13. Turnovers - Dayton 24, Ki-Be 8.

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