DAYTON - The Dayton Lady Bulldogs had a tough weekend on the basketball court after several weeks of success. The girls lost Friday to Tri-Cities Prep 46-45 in overtime and then struggled against DeSales on Saturday, losing 38-20.
"We had chances to win the game (Friday against TCP) where we were up at several points, but did not go little things to keep us up," said Dayton girls coach Clayton Strong. "To give them credit, the other team did enough of those little things to keep themselves in the game and win."
On Friday, Dayton had 11 turnovers in the first quarter, which Strong believes led the team to the tight position they were in for the remainder of the game. Sarah Phillips led the team in scoring with 13 points, followed by Lexi Ramirez with 12.
On Saturday, against the Irish, Ramirez and Madison Mings were high scorers with five points each.
"We had a rough weekend, but it's not something that we can't recover from," Strong said.
After the loss to league- leading DeSales on Saturday, the Dayton girls are now 11-6 for the season and 4-3 in the league. They are in a three-way tie with TCP and Asotin for second in the loss column.
The Lady Bulldogs have three games left in the regular season. They play at Asotin on Friday. Saturday they play at home against Walla Walla Valley Academy. Their final scheduled game of the season is against Waitsburg- Prescott again, this time in Dayton, on Friday, Jan. 31.
"We control our fate as it concerns the league tournament," Strong said. "And we have a lot of work left to do with two tough road games this week and the rivalry game with WP to end our regular season."