By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School Lady Wolverine basketball team traveled to Pepperell on Tuesday, Jan. 19 looking to rebound from their first Region 7-AA loss of the season on Saturday, Jan. 16.
The Lady Wolverines and Lady Dragons struggled to score in the first quarter, but DCHS managed a three-point lead at the end of the quarter, 11-8.
The scoring struggles continued for both teams through the second quarter as well with Pepperell winning the scoring battle 8-7 but still trailed the Lady Wolverines 18-16 at the end of the first half.
Both teams picked up the pace in the third quarter as the game went back and forth but when the quarter was over the Lady Wolverines led by three, 34-31.
In the fourth quarter Dade got a little separation and came away with a 50-42 win to get back on the winning track.
The Lady Wolverines hit only 32.7 percent of their shots for the game and just 22.2 percent from three-point range but won the game from the free throw line hitting 60 percent.
Jayda Wood led the Lady Wolverines with 17 points and Stella Henry finished the night with 15 points.
Dade Co. 11 07 16 16 50
Pepperell 08 08 15 11 42
Jayda Wood 17, Stella Henry 15, Olivia Tierce, Abby Dwyer 8, Ali Thompson 7, Andi Norwood, Brooklyn Konrad 2, Kaitlyn Stinnett 1.
On Friday, the Lady Wolverines traveled to Model looking for revenge from their first Region 7-AA loss of the year to the Lady Blue Devils a couple of weeks ago.
Dade got off to a much better start this time around, taking a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 11-7.
The Lady Wolverines then had a big second quarter, scoring 20 points and build their lead to 11 at the end of the first half, 31-20.
The Lady Blue Devils did not roll over and battled back in the third quarter cutting Dade’s lead to five-points, 40-35.
The Lady Wolverines came back strong in the fourth quarter and put the game away by the final score of 58-46 and maintain their hold on second place in the region, just one game behind Fannin County.
Wood had a big night for DCHS as she scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, had six assists, and seven steals. Henry was not far behind as she scored 15 points, claimed nine rebounds, two assists, and four steals.
Kami Counts was back in the lineup after suffering a knee injury and scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds.
Dade Co. 11 20 09 18 58
Model 07 13 15 11 46
Jayda Wood 10, Stella Henry 04, Olivia Tierce, Abby Dwyer, Ali Thompson 12, Destiny Noggle, Kayleigh Warnock, Andi Norwood, Brooklyn Konrad 12, Kaitlyn Stinnett 4, Kami Counts 3.
On Saturday afternoon the Lady Wolverines made the long trip to Blue Ridge to face Fannin County’s Lady Rebels.
Dade entered the game trailing the Lady Rebels one game in the Region 7-AA standings and looking to move up.
They got off to a good start taking an early lead and by the end of the first quarter were up by six, 12-6.
The Lady Rebels got their game together in the second quarter and tied the game 22-22 at the end of the first half.
The second half was not kind to Dade as Fannin County dominated play in the second half, building a nine-point lead in the third quarter, and leading 38-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Wolverines shooting woes continued in the fourth quarter as the Lady Rebels’ defense held them to just two-points.
Dade fell to the Lady Rebels 45-31.
Wood again led the Lady Wolverines with nine points followed by Henry and Counts with seven points each.
With the loss the Lady Wolverines remain in second place in Region 7-AA.
Dade Co. 12 10 07 02 31
Fannin 06 16 16 07 45
Jayda Wood 9, Stella Henry 7, Olivia Tierce 3, Abby Dwyer 3, Ali Thompson 2, Destiny Noggle, Andi Norwood, Brooklyn Konrad, Kaitlyn Stinnett, Kami Counts 7.
This week the Lady Wolverines will be at home tonight when they host Coosa. On Friday the team will host Gordon Central and on Saturday they will be looking for revenge against North Sand Mountain when they host the Lady Bison.