DAYTON - Defense turned the tide in the second quarter here Tuesday night as Dayton upended Tri-Cities Prep 47-37 in a girls Southeast 2B District basketball game.
The victory avenged last week's 53-38 Bulldogs loss to the Jaguars in Pasco. It also pulled Dayton into a tie with TCP for fourth place in the league standings, both teams at 5-6, and gives the Bulldogs a shot at hosting a first-round district tournament game next Tuesday.
"We knew we were going to play them (Jaguars) again next week no matter what happens the rest of this week," Dayton coach Clayton Strong said. "Now it's just a matter of if we play them here or at their place."
Dayton closes out the regular season here Friday night against Dayton while Tri-Cities Prep faces Waitsburg-Prescott in Pasco. DeSales leads the league with a 10-1 record after Tuesday's 41-24 victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy while third-place Waitsburg-Presscott improved to 7-4 with a 60-24 win over Liberty Christian.
"If they beat Waitsburg-Prescott and we lose to DeSales, we play at Tri-Cities Prep," Strong said.
Any other scenario, he said, would give Dayton the home-court advantage on Tuesday.
After taking it to the Bulldogs last week in Pasco, Tri-Cities Prep rushed to a 17-11 record after one quarter here Tuesday night. But Dayton tightened up its defense, limited the Jaguars to 20 points over the final three quarters and won the game going away.
"They were in a 1-4 high set and back cutting the wings," Strong said of TCP's early offensive success. "I thought if we got that corrected, everything else we were trying to defensively we were doing pretty well. Give credit to the girls because they kept working and didn't panic when we got down."
McKayla Bickelhaupt scored six of her team-high 14 points in the second quarter as the Bulldogs rallied for a 29-27 halftime lead. Samura Miller came off the bench and scored her only two buckets of the game, both putbacks, to boost the Bulldogs' comeback.
Nicole Lambert scored 11 points for Dayton, Shelby Smith finished with eight and Lexie Ramirez contributed seven. Maddie LeBrun led the Jaguars with a game-high 18 points, 14 of them coming in the first half.
"I didn't realize the LeBrun girls had 18 until I looked at the score book," Strong said. "I think we made her work for all 18 of them."
Dayton 47, Tri-Cities Prep 37
TRI-CITIES PREP (37) - Lahoz 0-0 0-0 0, Cuevas 3-16 0-2 6, Armijo 2-7 0-0 4, Barnett 1-6 0-0 2, Ledesma 0-8 0-0 0, Vargas 1-4 5-5 7, LeBrun 5-17 7-8 18. Totals 12-58 12-15 37.
DAYTON (47) - Tate 0-7 1-2 1, Fuller 1-2 0-0 2, Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Bickelhaupt 6-15 1-2 14, Lambert 5-16 1-2 11, Smith 1-13 6-8 8, Harting 0-0 0-0 0, Frame 0-2 0-0 0, Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Ramirez 3-8 1-2 7. Totals 18-66 10-16 47.
Tri-Cities Prep 17 10 8 2 - 37
Dayton 11 18 9 9 - 47
3-point goals - TCP (LeBrun), Dayton (Bickelhaupt). Total fouls - TCP 12, Dayton 10. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Dayton 37 (Bickelhaupt 10), TCP 17. Turnovers - TCP 16, Dayton 11.