By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– There were glimpses of how good this team can be when they clean basketball Tuesday night against South Albany.
Dallas rallied to tie the game at eight after the first quarter, again at 14 in the second quarter and after a Hannah Callaway basketball two minutes into the second half to three 27-24 in the Redhawks 49-39 win.
Just the little things in turnovers from bad passes and poor ball handling, fouls while collapsing on the shooter plagued the Dallas Girls basketball team in building a lead or tying the game during the third quarter of the game.
“We just didn’t play like how we know how to. We just weren’t smart and so we’re just ready to comeback, play as a team and be smart on every play, value every possession,” said Faith Martin-Ball. “It was tough because we all knew that we could do better and we know now play as hard as we can every game.”
Late in the third quarter, 57 seconds remaining in the quarter to be exact, Martin-Ball turned an And-one to get the Dragons to within two and Dallas had a crack for the lead twice before the end of the quarter, but couldn’t convert. Zoe Whitlow got it to one 12 seconds into the fourth before South Albany pushed their lead to 40-35 with 5:27 left in the game.
But despite the struggles, here they were 4:57 left in the game down 40-37 after Hannah Callaway hit two major free throws to pull Dallas to one possession. If they could stay crisp, anything is possible as they take the next step this season from last season.
“It was definitely nice because we know we could play as a team,” said Madelyn Loughary. “We’re definitely more experienced than we were last year which is very nice, it’s good to know that we had each other out there on the court so we could trust each other. It’s just hard when we get it all the way.
“Just reducing our turnovers and making sure that we know it’s there before we do it. Foreseeing the play happening and making sure we’re not forcing it.”
The Redhawks shut the door on the Dragons down the stretch as both teams start Mid-Willamette Conference-play Tuesday afternoon.
Blake Barbee led the South Albany-charge with 17 points while Martin-Ball and freshman Hannah Callaway each contributed seven points each for Dallas.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald