“We're about trying to contest every single shot,” said Dale coach Josh Forsythe. “That's just what we have to do.”
Dale is 27-1 on the season and in its only loss to Bethel, the Lady Pirates shot just 16 percent from the field. Still, they forced the game into double overtime because of their defense.
“The ball doesn't always go in the basket but we always can play defense and contest,” Forsythe said.
The Lady Pirates defeated defending state champion Fairvew, 54-51, in the area finals.
Offensively, Dale is led by senior forward Breck Clark, who is averaging 20 points per game.
INJURIES HIT NORTHEAST
Top-ranked Northeast is 27-0 but limping entering the state tournament.
“I had five injuries in the regional tournament,” Northeast coach Londaryl Perry said.
Two players — Maximina Gonzalez and Singanice Archer — may have suffered serious knee injuries and will have MRIs this week, he said.
Perry doesn't know if either will be available for Thursday's opening game of the state tournament. As of Sunday, Northeast was down to eight healthy players.
“That puts me in a little bind,” he said. “I am keeping my fingers crossed, toes too.”