5A BASKETBALL: Dallas boys pick up Mid-Willamette Conference win over Lebanon

Girls team wins two of three, stand at 2-1 in MWC.



NEXT GAMES

Boys

Dallas at Silverton

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Dallas at West Albany

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Girls

Silverton at Dallas

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

West Albany at Dallas

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Itemizer-0bserver staff report

DALLAS -- After a tough weekend that saw the Dallas boys basketball team drop all three games at the South Salem Classic in late December, the Dragons had plenty of time to work on their weaknesses.

The No. 1 priority?

Dallas' transition game.

"We worked hard in those five days -- our transition offense and defense had really struggled," Dallas coach Trent Schwartz said.

The result was a complete turnaround in the Dragons' 53-36 Mid-Willamette Conference victory Jan. 8 at Lebanon.

"I thought we executed in our offense really well and, really, our transition offense was the best it had been all year," Schwartz said.

Cole Church led the way for Dallas (4-7, 1-1 MWC) with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and Hayden Broadus added 10 points and eight rebounds in the win.

Dallas dropped a MWC contest to Corvallis 46-27 Friday. Broadus and Zack Benfit led the Dragons with five points each in the low-scoring affair.

"We would go on spurts where we wouldn't score for a few possessions -- that's kind of where they got the lead," Schwartz said.

Wednesday, Dallas hosts South Albany, a squad the Dragons defeated 58-55 in their home tournament Dec. 22, then travel to Silverton Friday to face the No. 7 team in the Class 5A Oregon School Activities Association power rankings.

Girls

The Dallas girls basketball team split in Mid-Willamette Conference play last week, first defeating Lebanon 48-46 Jan. 8 and then falling at the OSAA's No. 1 team in the Class 5A power rankings, Corvallis, by a score of 47-28.

In the win over Lebanon, Jessica Mitchell scored a game-high 20 points and Sarah Mitchell added nine points. Friday at Corvallis, Jessica Mitchell scored 11 points and Sarah Mitchell added 10 to pace the Dragons, who trailed the Spartans (8-2 entering Tuesday's game at Lebanon) at halftime, 18-11. Dallas (8-3, 1-1 MWC through Tuesday's game at South Albany) hosts Silverton Friday.



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