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Ansley Chilton is surround by Model defenders during Friday's region tournament game. Chilton was named to the 7AA All–Region team along with teammate Erika Woodfin.
 

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

The Dade County Lady Wolverines opened play in the Region 7AA tournament at Georgia Highlands College in Rome on Wednesday needing one win to qualify for the state tournament.

Opening play against Murray County Dade found themselves needing to beat the Lady Indians for the third time this season.

Things didn’t start well for the Lady Wolverines as the Lady Indians seemed determined to spoil their season and took a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Dade had a real battle on their hands as the Lady Indians matched them basket for basket and built on their lead in the second quarter. At the end of the first half the Lady Indians held a 23-20 lead.

Coach Randy Watson must have said all the right things at half time because the Lady Wolverines came out a different team. Not only did they take the lead they held Murray County scoreless in the third quarter and built an 11 point lead, 34-23.

More of the same followed in the fourth quarter and the Lady Wolverines head to the state tournament with the 47-32 win.

Erika Woodfin led the Lady Wolverines with 24 points.

 

Dade       8   12   14   13    47

Murray  10   13    0    9    32

 

Dade County (47) – Tinker 1, T. Gass, Erika Woodfin 24, Lacy, Reid 5, H. Gass 9, Chilton 5, Breeden, Bradford 3.
 3 point goals:   Dade County 3 (Woodfin 3)

 

On Friday night Dade faced the Model Lady Blue Devils and got off to an ugly start.

Just a couple of minutes into the game Lindsay Tinker hurt her ankle and was lost for the rest of the tournament.

At the end of the first quarter the Lady Wolverines found themselves in a deep hole, down 18-4.

The second quarter didn’t get a lot better for the Lady Wolverines as Model built their lead to 25-7 before a shot rally cut it to 26-14 at the end of the first half.

Dade had another third quarter rally in their pocket however cutting the Lady Blue Devils lead to 28-23 with four minutes remaining in the third. Model however didn’t get rattled and by the end of the third quarter was on top 34-25.

Neither team was able to do much in the fourth quarter as only seven total points were scored and the Lady Blue Devils advance to the finals with a 38-28 win.

Ansley Chilton and Tori Gass led the Lady Wolverines with six points each.

 

Model    18     8    8    4     38

Dade       4    10   11   3    28

 

Dade County (28) – Tinker, T. Gass 6, Woodfin 5, Lacy, Reid 2, H. Gass 4, Chilton 6, Breeden 2, Bradford 3, Bonner.

3 point goals:  Dade County 2 (H. Gass, Bradford)

 

On Saturday afternoon the Lady Wolverines faced the Armuchee Lady Indians in the consolation game.

Dade again struggled in the first half as the Lady Indians took the lead at the end of the first quarter, 17-13. The Lady Wolverines kept battling and by the end of the first half had a one point lead, 24-23.

Unlike the past couple of games the third quarter wasn’t good for the Lady Wolverines. The Lady Indians would take a five point lead heading into the fourth quarter, 36-31.

The fourth quarter belonged to Dade however as they battled back to claim a very hard fought 48-46 win and the third seed for the upcoming State Tournament.

Woodfin came up big for the Lady Wolverines scoring 27 points to lead all scorers.

Saturday's win left the Lady Wolverines with a 21-6 record for the season.

 

Armuchee     17 6 13 10 46

Dade County 13 11 7 17 48

 

Dade County (48) – T. Gass, Erika Woodfin 27, Lacy 3, Reid 3, H. Gass 5, Chilton 4, Breeden 3, Bradford 3, Bonner.

3 point goals: Dade 8 (Woodfin 4, Lacy, H. Gass, Breeden, Bradford).

 

Woodfin and Chilton were named to the 7AA All-Region Team.

The Lady Wolverines were to traveled to Greater Atlanta Christian Tuesday afternoon to face the Lady Spartans in the first round of the state tournament.

The Lady Spartans are the second seed from Region 6-AA and sport a 20-7 overall record. The winner will advance to the next round.


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