After an early tie at 5-5, the Bearcats scored the next seven points to go up 12-5. Dadeville would lead by as many as 10 before Stockton closed late to within 42-40. The Lady Tigers had a couple of chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute, but couldn’t quite get the job done and were forced to foul. Dadeville hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Dadeville atoned for its 57-47 loss a month ago in the championship of the Stockton Tournament, using its pressure defense to force 23 turnovers. They also had another big night from Mary Bergmann, who poured in 25 points including 3 treys.
Bearcat coach James Cowan said, “Defensively, we kind of sagged off a little bit; kept it from getting inside to (Stockton’s 6-foot-3 sophomore) Jolene Shipps. She had 29 last time we played them and tonight we held her to 16, which was a huge difference.
“Offensively, we pushed it when we could. If we didn’t have anything, we spread the floor and made them come out and guard us. Then we attacked the basket.”
Megan Obert joined Bergmann in double figures for the Bearcats with 11 points. Shipps had a double-double for Stockton, with 10 rebounds to go with her 16 points.
Stockton coach Kevin Burns said of Dadeville, “They are a good team. They’ve played together since they were little, and they’ve come together really well.”
This was the last game of the regular season for both teams. Dadeville, which improved to 22-2 on the year, next faces Golden City in district play at Willard on Monday, while Stockton (12-12) heads north to Butler to challenge the Sherwood Marksmen from Creighton the same evening.
“They’ve got a good post player inside,” Burns said of Sherwood. “They pretty much go as she goes. I think they’re a decent team, so we’ll have to come out ready to play.”
Dadeville 13 12 10 11—46
Stockton: Jolene Shipps 16, Sydnee Garrett 7, Mati Burns 6, Kelsi Wilkins 6, Taylor Greenlee 2, Taylor Ewing 2, Emilyn Dearman 1.
Dadeville: Mary Bergmann 25, Megan Obert 11, Amy Brown 5, Melody Bergmann 3, April Witt 2.