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Jessica Mitchell, center, pictured here in a game earlier this season, scored 19 points to lead Dallas to a win over South Albany Friday.
February 13, 2013
DALLAS -- With six losses in its last nine games, Dallas coach Dave Brautigam said it was obvious that his girls basketball team was in a bit of a "funk."
Last week, the Dragons took some major strides to hopefully leave that all behind.
Jessica Mitchell scored 19 points and Sarah Mitchell added 15 points as the Dragons snapped a three-game losing streak with a 54-40 Mid-Willamette Conference victory over South Albany Friday.
Dallas (11-8, 4-6) won every quarter in the game, its biggest advantage coming in the fourth to close out the game with a 17-11 run.
"We've been trying to work our way out of it," Brautigam said of the slide Dallas found itself on with uncharacteristic losses to Woodburn and Lebanon, the latter a team the Dragons had defeated the first time around.
"I think we're going to see our team playing the best basketball we possibly can these last two weeks of the season."
Dallas' shift started Feb. 6 in a 58-50 loss to Corvallis (14-5, 8-2). Down 31-20 at the half, Brautigam said his team could have thrown in the towel and "lost by 30."
Instead, the Dragons closed out the game on a 23-18 run to trim the margin and keep the game close.
"I think we could have given up at any time, but we fought back," Brautigam said. "That's what we've been looking for from our team -- we were able to hit some shots, be more efficient."
Dallas also got back to what's made it so successful -- working the ball inside.
Sarah Mitchell scored a team-high 22 points and Jessica Mitchell added 15 points in the setback.
"The Corvallis game we really needed to re-establish the inside game and work the ball and it's good to see that we're continuing to do those things," Brautigam said.
DALLAS DROPS TWO MWC CONTESTS: The Dragons dropped two Mid-Willamette Conference road contests last week, falling to Corvallis 65-40 Feb. 5 and South Albany 66-54 Friday. In the setback to Corvallis, Hayden Broadus led the Dragons with 12 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and three assists and Gabe Richert added 10 points. Friday, Spencer McCarron led the way with 17 points, as he finished the game 5 of 8 from the 3-point line. Cole Church added 12 points and Tyler Sommerfeldt had 10 rebounds and four assists for Dallas (5-15, 2-9 after Tuesday's 61-38 loss at Silverton after the Itemizer-Observer went to press).
Dallas at Silverton
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Dallas at West Albany
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
West Albany at Dallas
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Crescent Valley at Dallas
When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.