By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– A few days ago, Hillsboro handed Dallas their first loss of the season with a 53-31 defeat.
A few days later at home, they found themselves in a scrappy fight with McKay early on as the Scots led 4-3 in the waning minutes of the opening quarter before the Dragons answered with a 9-1 run to take a 12-4 lead on the squad from Northeast Salem.
Though they haven’t had much success since the 2013-2014 season, the Scots who are going through the growing pains of being competitive since that playoff year answered with a run of their own to cut the eight-point deficit to a 14-11 manageable deficit towards the end of the opening half.
“I think today we looked like a basketball team, we did a better job than in past games and we can build from this for next year,” said the Scots Leva Mike who had 18 points, 13 coming in the fourth quarter with three three-pointers.
Mike pointed towards how Dallas’ defense helped the Dragons lead to points as Dallas finished the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 21-11 lead into the halftime break and continued to roll in the second half to take the 53-29 victory Tuesday night at home.
“We know what we needed to do and we know if we can’t get it done in the first two minutes then we have the rest of the game to get it done,” said Dallas’ Jordan Dippel led the charge in the opening half with 14 points of her 21. “We have a solid bench, anyone that comes off the bench we know they can score, we know they can do pretty much anything that the starters can.
“So it’s a full team, full effort. So we have a lot of confidence in each other and that’s what get’s us through most nights.”
Dippel had a first-half ending buzzer beating two-pointer to put the Lady Dragon’s up ten as Dallas wins their sixth-game of the season and are off to their strongest start since starting 4-1 to start the 2014-2015 season as they travel to Sprague to take on the Olympians at 6:45 in South Salem.