Kiona Harris passes the ball to a teammate. | Brent Maze

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Dominant defense

Published 10:16pm Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Dadeville stifles Holtville attack to earn first area victory

The Dadeville Lady Tigers earned their first area win with a strong defensive effort to defeat Holtville 47-20.

Coach Greg Shelton said his team stepped up its defense going into the tournament last week.

“I was glad to see us continue that here tonight,” Shelton said. “We really needed an area win and we came to play tonight.”

Holtville kept it close in the first half as Dadeville led just 14-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs cut the lead to 20-16 by halftime.

However, Dadeville turned to its defense to put the game away in the second half.

Dadeville out-scored Holtville 27-4 over the final periods to put the game away. In fact, the Lady Bulldogs failed to score in the fourth quarter.

The game went smoothly for Dadeville until the 5:38 mark of the second half, when a pair of bats started flying around the court inside the gymnasium. Several bystanders were trying to knock the bats down with brooms, blankets and jackets, but they were unsuccessful.

After a few minutes, the coaches and referees decided to just keep playing the games and try to ignore the flying mammals.

“Once we stopped trying to hit the bats with brooms, everything was fine,” Shelton said. “After a few minutes, we got back to playing basketball and they didn’t bother us anymore. The bats eventually flew away. I’m glad it didn’t bother us too much after that.”

The team was led by Kiona Harris with 10 points and 6 rebounds while Karmeshae Thomas had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Janie Moran added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Destiny Green finished with  6 points and 7 rebounds and Neshia Hart had 5 points.

Rae Williams chipped in 4 points and 10 rebounds. Rounding out the scoring was Tori Boyd with 2 points and 5 steals, Tonisha Pogue with 2 and Ebone Shaw with 1.

With the win, Dadeville improves to 4-9 overall and 1-1 in region play.