Lady Warriors split series with No. 3-ranked Dillingham
BRHS star Kira Polk makes a run for the ball during last weekend's game with the Dillingham Wolverines. The Warriors won on Friday, the Wolverines won the game on Saturday.
Heading into their showdown with the Dillingham Lady Wolverines, most figured the Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors had about as much chance of beating the third-ranked Lady Warriors as a snowball in Miami.
News flash. It may get pretty cold in Florida soon.
Kira Polk scored 18 points and Mary Dyment added nine more on Friday and helped Bethel claim a stunning 42-36 win over Dillingham in front of a large crowd in the WarriorDome.
Bethel, now 2-6 in Western Conference play, played havoc with the Lady Wolverines’ offense in the first two quarters, The Lady Warriors held Dillingham to just seven shots from the field in the first 16 minutes of the game.
The BRHS girls didn’t waste their defensive effort. Sparked by a three-pointer from Dyment and baskets from four other players, the Lady Warriors outscored Dillingham by a 26-18 margin in the first half.
Dyment’s three-pointer came in the first quarter and spearheaded a 13-8 first-quarter run. Polk also keyed Bethel’s first-quarter efforts by throwing in four points. Alison Oscar, Riana Joseph and Christina McElwee also added points in the quarter.
Polk and Dyment continued to carry the hot hand in the second. Polk scored five points in the frame and led a 13-10 spree.
In all, Polk scored nine points in the first half. Dyment added seven.
The Lady Wolverines battled back in the third quarter. Dillingham picked up 10 points from Kristen Smeaton and reeled off 12 points.
Dillingham trailed by just four, at 34-30, heading into the fourth quarter.
Riana Joseph made sure the Lady Wolverines didn’t have a rally in store. The BRHS standout pushed in six of her eight points in the final stanza and keyed an 8-6 run.
McElwee also finished the game with eight points, while Kayla William and Oscar added two.
Dillingham managed to salvage a split of the two-game series on Saturday thanks to a huge effort from Smeaton.
The DHS standout scored a game-high 34 points and powered the Lady Wolverines to a 72-51 decision.
Smeaton was almost unstoppable in the game. She scored 11 points in the first quarter, and then followed that up with seven more in the second. She closed out the game with 16 points in the second half, including 10 in the Lady Wolverines’ 22-16 fourth-quarter run.
Bethel held its own early in the final. The Lady Warriors collected six points from Dyment and four more from Rebecca Brink in the first quarter and went into the second period down by just one, at 16-15.
Bethel's Rebecca Brink dribbles past Dillingham defender Tiera Schroeder.
Dillingham, now 11-3 overall, blew the game open from there. They reeled off a 22-10 run in the second and built a 38-25 cushion.
Dillingham stretched its lead to 50-35 in the third.
Despite 10 points from Polk, the Lady Wolverines salted away the win in the fourth. They scored 22 points in the closing eight minutes.
Polk, who sprained her ankle first half only to return in the second half, led all BRHS scorers in the contest with 18 points.
Mary Dyment also finished the game in double figures. She collected 10 points before colliding with an opposing player in the fourth quarter and having to be helped from the floor.
Brink finished the game with eight points for BRHS. McElwee added five, while Williams chipped in four.