It was a full team effort when No. 6 seed Dixon took on No. 3 Eldon in the first round of the Osage Tournament Wednesday night.
A total of eight different Bulldogs found the bottom of the net and the defense forced 25 Mustang turnovers, which led to a 72-52 win to send Dixon to the semifinals. It was not the first time these sides have meths season, but Dixon was ready to go just like the first time around.
“We were a six seed so we did not have anything to lose and I thought we came out and played one of our better games of the year,” Dixon coach James Thompson said. “We played them a little bit earlier and beat them, but I figured they were much improved because of the competition they play. So, I’m proud of the girls. It was a good team win.”
The Bulldogs and Mustangs went back and forth in the first quarter and exchanged the lead a couple of times, but Dixon managed to pull ahead 16-10 by the end of the first quarter and never relinquished that lead the rest of the night. By halftime, the advantage was nine points for Dixon and by the end of the third quarter, that advantage grew to 16.
Senior Tressa Hughes paced Dixon with 18 points while freshman Brooke Sinclair knocked down 17, sophomore Amy Wade contributed 12 and both juniors Lauren Gilbert and Tayler McKinnon finished with seven.
“We try and keep it pretty balanced,” Thompson said of the offense. “I tell the girls, ‘If we can hit shots and if we can put four or five (players) in double figures, we are going to win ballgames or at least we are going to compete.’”
Up next for the Bulldogs was a familiar Frisco League foe in No. 2 Richland for the semifinals Thursday night. Thompson said his club will have to keep hitting shots like they did Wednesday night to land a spot in the championship.
“We played Richland before and they blew us out, but we did not hit shots,” the coach recalled. “If we hit shots, we are going to compete with them. If we don’t, we are going to get blown out again.”
Should Dixon have advanced, the Bulldogs will face the winner of No. 2 Osage and No. 5 Crocker in the championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. A loss would put the Bulldogs in the third place game on the same day at 2:30 p.m.