In front of a spirited crowd, Thomas Dale improved its record to a perfect 11-0 with a 51-43 road victory versus district rival Meadowbrook.
“We knew Meadowbrook would show us their typical tremendous effort and we were prepared,” said coach Kevin Coffey. “When you go up against another top team, especially a district foe, you had better be ready. … This has been our toughest challenge so far.”
The Knights continue to rotate just six players, but with their athleticism they still are able to wear down most opponents with tenacious team defense. Dale continues to force turnovers and generally limit opponents to one shot.
Dale was able to withstand two NBA-like three-pointers from the Monarch’s Torrie Cunningham to take a 16-13 lead at the quarter, and then went on a 12-0 run at the start of the second quarter to take a working margin they were able to keep for much of the remainder of the game. Ka’lia Johnson again led the Knights with 17 points, along with her strong ball handling, defense and rebounding. Kortney Williams and Alyssa Frye both joined Johnson in double figures with 10 points a piece. Cunningham led all scorers with 18.
The Meadowbrook game was a great win for the Lady Knights who stood tall in facing an opponent that for the first time could match their team speed, as well as featuring a strong presence inside.