Brewster Bears maul Bulldog girls, 71-37

Dayton runs into a brick wall as Brewster scores 29 points off of 20 turnovers in the first half alone.

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Dayton's Sarah Phillips (41) struggles out from between two Brewster players blocking her in during their Saturday afternoon game at WaHi.

WALLA WALLA - McKayla Bickelhaupt drained a jumper from the top of the key at the 7:32 mark of the first quarter Saturday night to give Dayton an early lead in its Hardwood Classic regional girls basketball game with Brewster in the Wa-Hi gym.

The favored Bears, though, would use a pair of 12-0 scoring runs in the opening period to open up a 24-4 lead after one frame and ended up cruising to a 71-37 victory to advance to next week's Class 2B state tournament at the Spokane Arena.

Brewster improved its record to 22-2 and extended its winning streak to 19 games.

Dayton had its season end with mark of 9-15 after starting the year 0-8.

"Who would have thought on Dec. 25 that we would have been playing in (the) regionals on Feb. 25?" Dayton coach Clayton Strong asked afterward. "It's a testament to those girls. They chose to keep fighting and got the reward for all that hard work."

The Bears established further separation in the second quarter and led by as many as 34 points, 44-10, on a layin by Chandler Smith - who scored a game-high 24 points - at the 1:18 mark.

Brewster led 44-14 at halftime. The Bears converted 20 Dayton turnovers into 29 points in half one.

"We knew they were long-armed and active, and that we had to be crisp and get to our spots," Strong said. "We knew we couldn't turn the ball over.

"We didn't block out," Strong said. "To their credit, when they got a defensive rebound, they got up and down the floor."

"That's how we operate," Brewster coach Randy Phillips said. "We're streakers. If you let us streak, we'll streak."

The teams played on nearly even terms in the second half. The Bears outscored the Bulldogs, 13-9, in the third quarter. Each team put up 14 points in the fourth period.

Brette Boesel followed Smith with 20 points for Brewster and Becky Mae Taylor contributed 16.

Nicole Lambert and Shelby Smith led Dayton with eight points apiece. Courtney Fuller and Lexie Ramirez were next with six points each.

Despite the lopsided final score, Phillips praised the Bulldogs.

"That team played hard," Phillips said. "Clayton has nothing to be ashamed of. They played their hearts out."

"I would echo that," Strong said. "It would have been easy to mail it in. We kept fighting until the final buzzer."

Saturday's game was the high school finale for Dayton seniors Lambert, Smith and Samura Miller. Strong said the future for Dayton girls basketball looks good.

"We're going to miss those seniors," Strong said. "They led by example. They have laid the foundation for something pretty special in the years to come."

Brewster 71, Dayton 37

DAYTON (37) - Tate 0-3 0-0 0, Fuller 2-5 2-2 6, Bickelhaupt 2-12 0-0 5, Lambert 4-8 0-2 8, Smith 4-10 0-0 8, Harting 2-4 0-0 4, Frame 0-3 0-0 0, Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Ramirez 3-6 0-2 6, Ward 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-51 2-6 37.

BREWSTER (71) - B Boesel 9-12 2-3 20, Hammons 2-5 1-2 5, Rosales 0-3 0-0 0, Torres 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 7-12 0-0 16, Smith 11-25 2-3 24, Garcia 1-1 0-0 2, Bayha 0-2 0-0 0, Brammer 0-1 0-0 0, Gebbers 2-3 0-0 4, Carrillo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-64 5-8 71.

Dayton 4 10 9 14 - 37

Brewster 24 20 13 14 - 71

3-point goals - Day 1-6 (Bickelhaupt 1-4, Ramirez 0-2), Bre 2-7 (Taylor 2-3, Smith 0-2, Bayha 0-1, Gebbers 0-1). Total fouls - Day 10, Bre 12. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Day 36 (Lambert 7, Smith 7), Bre 37 (Smith 7). Turnovers - Day 31, Bre 14. Assists - Day 7 (Bickelhaupt 4), Bre 17 (Taylor 6).

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