Coming into Friday night's game, Bethel represented the only loss on Dale's otherwise perfect record, and the Pirates weren't going to let their Pottawatomie County basketball rival get the best of them again.
Breck Clark scored 33 points, and Lexes Satterwhite made six 3-pointers as Dale won its 20th game of the season, 66-51 at Bethel's B.E. Cantrell Fieldhouse in the NewsOK Varsity Fans' Choice Game of the Week.
“I think we were definitely more prepared. Last time, we may have underestimated them a little bit, and they're a really good team, so we shouldn't have done that,” said Clark, who scored 18 points in the third quarter as Dale stretched a 27-21 halftime lead to double-digits.
The lead eventually peaked at 59-39 after four second-half 3s from Satterwhite, who finished with 22 points.
The win was the type of game Dale coach Josh Forsythe has been trying to get from his team all season.
“We can make a deep run in the playoffs this year if we continue to play with that type of effort and consistency for four quarters,” the coach said. “When we can play that hard and that disciplined for four quarters, we're pretty tough to beat.”
Mikayla Whitten led Bethel with 14 points.
CARL ALBERT CRUISES WITHOUT CARTER
With star guard Gioya Carter out with a sprained ankle, Class 5A No. 4 Carl Albert cruised to a 49-22 win over Noble.
Brianna Duchane scored 19 — 13 in the first half — to lead the Titans while Jordan Gilbert added 10.
The Titans (16-3) dominated from the start and took a 33-10 lead into halftime after scoring 22 in the second quarter.
KINGFISHER UPENDS HENNESSEY
Kylee Blehm scored 18, and Kortney Meat added 15 as Kingfisher beat Hennessey 57-54 in overtime.
Kingfisher trailed by three at halftime, then led by a point after three before Hennessey forced overtime.
Shawnta Johnson led Hennessey with 15.
IRISH GET PAST STILLWATER
Bishop McGuinness freshman Torie Shanbour scored seven of her team-high nine points in the fourth quarter, helping the Irish to a 33-29 come-from-behind win at Stillwater.
The Irish took the lead 30-29 with 1:49 left after trailing 24-22 entering the fourth.
Shanbour had all but four of McGuinness' points in the quarter.
Austyn Iven had 12 points to lead Stillwater.
SANTA FE BLOWS OUT PC WEST
Tamara Lee scored 20 to lead Class 6A No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe to a 69-34 win over Putnam City West on the road.
The Wolves jumped out to a quick lead, going ahead 16-3 after one and scoring 23 in the third to put the game away for good.
Freshman Summer Jones added 11 and Cameerah Graves 10 for Santa Fe.
Gabby Johnson led the Patriots with 12.
Abby Boyd had 13 and Maci Exum 10 as unranked Yukon upset No. 9 Putnam City 49-39. Yukon used a 13-3 second quarter to take a commanding 29-13 lead into the break. ... Alexandra Greenhoward scored 30 to lead Luther to a 48-31 win over Yale. ... Bethany's Grace Hadley scored 36 to lead the Bronchos to a 70-58 win over Blanchard. Alex Ray had 20 for Blanchard. ... Kaely Bond had 20 to lead Mount St. Mary to a 55-31 win over Oklahoma Christian School. ... Sadie Marino had 15, and Addie Vernon 12 in Choctaw's 48-39 win over Mustang. ... Bri Kuestersteffen had 11 points to lead Norman North to a 49-37 win over Moore. Amanda Patterson had 22 for Moore.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND RYAN ABER