Westover's DyTiesha Dunson led the way once again for the Lady Patriots during Friday's win against Monroe as The Herald Super 6er finished with 23 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
ALBANY — Can anyone beat the Westover girls?
Even Westover’s most bitter rival, Monroe, had trouble staying with the Lady Patriots, who ran away from Monroe on Friday night at Darton College, 54-40, to move to 14-0.
They’re not just unbeaten in the Region 1-AAA race, but perfect for the season.
In Friday’s game at Darton College, Westover, ranked No. 1 in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll and No. 4 in the Class AAA state poll, made it look easy against a Monroe (8-5) team that had won four of its last five. Herald Super 6er DyTiesha Dunson scored 16 in the first half to set the tone as Westover went to the break leading, 28-17.
That’s right, Dunson almost outscored Monroe by herself in the first half. She finished with 23 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. It was a typical night for Dunson, who seems to be on a mission this year.
This one was icing on the cake for the team and for coach Lewis Smith, who told his kids before the game that all he wanted for his birthday was a win against Monroe.
He got it.
“That’s a good birthday present,’’ he said. “That’s enough for me. (DyTiesha) came out shooting the ball well. She was on.’’
Westover has been on all season, and the added incentive of a birthday gift didn’t hurt the Lady Pats.
“We were determined,’’ Dunson said. “We had a plan and we stuck with it. We slowed the game down and played at our pace. It‘s a rivalry game and there are a lot of emotions, but we played our game.’’
And the birthday present?
“We had to win it for coach Smith. It was his birthday, and we waited until after the game to tell him that was his present,’’ Dunson added.
Next up for Westover is Terrell County at home tonight, while Monroe plays at Colquitt County this evening.
ALBANY HIGH GIRLS 44, THOMASVILLE 34: Sooner or later everyone in 1-AA is going to find out the region race for the girls title will run through Albany High.
That was more than evident Friday at Darton College, where the Squaws knocked off three-time defending region champ Thomasville on a night when juniors Brianna Washington and Briana Williams turned the game around in the third quarter.
Williams hit two big 3s and Washington did just about everything else, grabbing seven rebounds in the third and adding five points as the Squaws outscored Thomasville, 11-6, to take a 32-23 lead into the fourth quarter.
They never flinched after that.
Washington finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and hit a big outside shot to lift Albany to a 36-27 lead, and followed that play with a slick assist to Ladaisha Green to make it 38-27 with 4:50 left. Williams finished with eight points and Kairsha Jackson hit 8-of-10 free throws to finish with 10 points. Herald Super 6er Chasity Mullins ran the court and the offense, scored four points, grabbed eight rebounds, made five steals and led the Squaws all night.
The Squaws are now 3-1 in the Region 1-AA race and seem to be gaining momentum as younger players such as Washington, Williams and Jackson, who are all juniors, mature. That’s good news for Albany and bad news for the region.
“We still haven’t peaked,’’ Albany High coach Telly Turner said. “And that’s a good thing because we still have room to improve, and even though we have won some games we need to improve. That’s what it’s going to take to win our region.’’
Beating Thomasville was huge for Albany, which now must turn around Tuesday night and play at Early County, where the Lady Bobcats have just one loss in region play after falling to Brooks County on Friday night.