Dayton girls rally past Tekoa-Oakesdale, 55-53

Shelby Smith's 19 points lead the Bulldogs to the victory Tuesday night.

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DAYTON - The Dayton girls, led by Shelby Smith's 19 points, picked up a 55-53 victory over the visiting Tekoa-Oakesdale Nighthawks Tuesday night when Dayton's McKayla Bickelhaupt made a game-winning bucket with 3.6 seconds left on the clock.

Bickelhaupt added 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists while Courtney Fuller threw in another seven points.

Within minutes into the second quarter, T-O built a 20-8 lead over the Bulldogs, but Dayton responded. After a 30-second timeout from Dayton coach Clayton Strong, the Bulldogs went on a 14-6 run to close out the half down 26-22.

T-O maintained a 42-38 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Down five (53-48) and with 53.3 seconds left to play, Strong called another timeout to regroup. After the break, Dayton's Nicole Lambert nailed a 3-pointer from the far corner to bring the Bulldogs within a field goal.

Dayton then turned the ball over and fouled, but T-O failed to convert.

Bickelhaupt scored to tie the match at 53-all and, after another failed trip down the court for the Nighthawks, scored again to win the game with just less than 4 seconds left.

"It took a lot of courage to make those shots (Bickelhaupt's shots)," Strong said. "They knew what they had to do and made great shots. There is ice in their veins to be able to make them."

"I told the girls it (Dayton's poor start to the season) would turn around," Strong said, "and it did. We have won four in a row after our eight losses."

Dayton is now 4-8 on the season and faces DeSales Saturday at 5 p.m.

Dayton 55, Tekoa-Oakesdale 53

TEKOA-OAKSDALE (53) - Lindgren 0-0 0-0 0, Perry 0-3 0-2 0, Johnson 4-7 2-2 7, Dub 2-4 0-0 4, Marston 1-3 0-0 2, Overton 6-22 4-6 16, Angelo 3-9 0-0 6, Mendoza 3-9 1-6 7, Groom 5-8 1-2 11. Totals 24-65 8-18 53.

DAYTON (55) - Tate 2-2 0-0 4, Fuller 3-6 1-4 7, Miller 0-5 1-3 1, Bickelhaupt 6-23 2-2 15, Lambert 2-5 0-0 5, Smith 8-18 3-5 19, Mings 0-0 0-0 0, Harting 0-0 0-0 0, Frame 0-2 0-0 0, Phillips 0-1 0-0 0, Ramirez 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 23-62 7-14 55.

T-O 9 17 16 11 - 53

Dayton 6 16 16 17 - 55

3-point goals - T-O 3 (Johnson 2), Dayton 2 (Bickelhaupt, Lambert). Total fouls - T-O none reported, Dayton 17. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds - T-O 9, Dayton 31 (Bickelhaupt 9). Turnovers - T-O 19, Dayton 13. Assists - T-O 5 (Overton 2, Mendoza 2) Dayton 8 (Bickelhaupt 3).

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