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Dallas’ Sarah Mitchell, center, drives the ball past two Woodburn defenders Friday.
February 27, 2013
DALLAS -- They don't always get noticed in the stat sheet.
But when plays like the one Robynn Weiser made happen to keep the Dallas girls basketball team from losing a late lead, they take on plenty of importance.
"We all play the same part -- I think it's equal," said Dallas sophomore Makenzie Davis, who scored several baskets down the stretch to help her team's cause in a 51-45 Mid-Willamette Conference win over Woodburn Friday. "We all have to do our part."
Weiser, a sophomore reserve, didn't rack up the scoring numbers -- she finished with two points -- but she did help teammate Jessica Mitchell score two of her team-high 18 points with a nifty play in the fourth quarter.
With an errant pass about to fall into the hands of a Woodburn player, Weiser hustled to tip the ball to a teammate, who quickly found Mitchell inside for a basket and a free throw.
Despite a tough victory Friday that saw the Dragons (13-10) nearly blow an 18-point halftime lead, Dallas felt prepared entering Tuesday's Class 5A play-in game at Marshfield (13-9), which occurred after the Itemizer-Observer went to press.
UPDATE: Dallas fell in a low-scoring affair at Marshfield Tuesday, 31-22. The Dragons finish their season at 13-11 overall.
"I think we figured out what we need to do to win," said Dallas sophomore Sarah Mitchell, who scored eight points in the win over Woodburn. "The thing is, we need to do it."
The Dragons hope that their tough league schedule -- Dallas finished 6-8 in MWC play -- will provide it with the experience needed for a playoff run.
"We're ready to go -- we're ready to make a run," Davis said. "We're all prepared and we've really come together from where we started."
Taylor Fennell added 13 points in Dallas' win over Woodburn.
The Dragons also dropped a MWC contest at Crescent Valley Feb. 20, losing 46-33. Sarah Mitchell and Eva Ronco each scored 10 points in the setback.
The Dallas boys basketball team ended its season on a high note Friday, defeating Woodburn on the road in a gritty 44-40 victory. Spencer McCarron led the Dragons (6-17, 3-11 Mid-Willamette Conference) with 12 points and five rebounds and Jon Richey added 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and an assist. Hayden Broadus led Dallas -- which did not qualify for the Class 5A play-in round -- on the glass with 11 rebounds. Friday's win broke a 10-game losing streak for Dallas and snapped a two-game win streak for the Bulldogs (8-15, 5-9 MWC).