Dayton girls handle Jaguars in District matchup

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DAYTON - Nicole Lambert led Dayton's Bulldogs with 17 points against Tri-Cities Prep in a 61-42 Southeast District 9 victory here Tuesday night.

"We played really well," said Dayton's Lexie Ramirez. "We haven't played as hard (earlier this year) as we have been lately, and if we keep up this momentum we will do very well."

Also scoring in double digits were McKayla Bickelhaupt with 16 points and Shelby Smith with 10 points. Smith also led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds.

The Jaguars were missing key players due to sickness and only had seven girls for the game.

"(During halftime) we talked about burying them right when they came out," Dayton coach Clayton Strong said.

And that is exactly what the Dayton girls did, outscoring the Jaguars 17-9 in the second quarter to hold a seven-point lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Bulldogs scored 24 points to build a 23-point lead by the end of the quarter, 54-31.

Bickelhaupt swished a 3-pointer to start the Bulldog's third-quarter scoring frenzy, which ended with Lambert making a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left on the clock.

A late foul by Dayton gave Tri-Cities Prep, the fifth seed, a final opportunity to score at the free throw line, which gave the Jaguars two more points to bringing their total for the quarter to eight points.

The fourth quarter brought a lot of transition, with Dayton monopolizing with breakaway layups.

Malia Frame stole the ball with 3:13 seconds left and scored, was fouled in the process and made her run into a three-point play to score the final points for the game.

This is the first time since 2009 that Dayton, the tournament's fourth seed, has won a game during the District tournament.

"There was a thought that this might be possible," said Strong about getting to Districts and winning. "We took the first step and are now in the top three of our league. We have a lot of work in the next three days to prepare to play Asotin on Saturday."

No. 2 Asotin played top-seeded DeSales Tuesday night and won, 42-28. The Panthers and Bulldogs square off at 5 p.m. Saturday at Whitman College.

"Asotin poses their own problems for us in their size," said Strong. "Last time we played them we gave them a lot of easy second chances and if we push the ball like we can we and make our shots we have a good chance."

Dayton 61, Tri-Cities Prep 42

TRI-CITIES PREP (42) - Lahoz 3-4 0-1 7, Cuevas 2-11 1-1 5, Armijo 2-2 4-5 8, Barnett 2-5 0-1 4, Ledesma 4-9 1-1 9, John 1-1 0-0 2, LeBrun 2-4 3-5 7. Total 16-36 9-14 42.

DAYTON (61) - Tate 2-3 1-1 5, Fuller 1-3 1-4 3, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Bickelhaupt 7-18 0-1 16, Lambert 6-9 0-0 17, Smith 8-10 0-0 10, Harding 0-2 0-0 0, Frame 2-4 3-4 7, Phillips 0-1 0-0 0, Ramirez 1-7 0-0 3, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Ward 0-0 0-0 0. Total 27-57 6-13 61.

Tri-Cities Prep 14 9 8 11 - 42

Dayton 13 17 24 7 - 61

3-point goals - TCP 1 (Lahoz), Day 3 (Bickelhaupt 2). Total fouls - TCP 12, Day 19. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - TCP 18 (Barnett 5), Day 26 (Smith 8). Turnovers - TCP 23, Day 14. Assists - TCP 0, Day 1 (Bickelhaupt).

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