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Grizzlies edge by Lady Pirates

December 13, 2012
Phoenix High School

By By Joe Zavala

for the Mail Tribune
December 12, 2012

ASHLAND — Georgia Williams' impressive start to her sophomore season is starting to make life for her teammates a little easier.

Taking advantage of the attention paid to Williams, Ashland's Michaela Dunn came off the bench to make four 3-pointers on her way to a season-high 19 points and Hannah Thornton added 12 as the Grizzlies pulled out a 52-39 nonconference win over Phoenix on Tuesday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Ashland struggled at the outset, scoring just four points in the opening quarter, but caught fire in the second and took the lead for good when Dunn sank her second of back-to-back 3s to make it 14-13. Sadie Kasiah's 3 about two minutes later capped a 15-4 rally and gave the Grizzlies a 19-13 lead.

Phoenix (2-2) battled back in the third, cutting Ashland's lead to 27-26 on Bailee Tally's fastbreak layin with five minutes to go, but the Grizzlies answered with another Dunn 3, which kicked off a 13-0 Ashland spurt that iced the game.

Dunn scored nine points in the key rally, all on three-point plays — two bombs, plus three free throws after she was fouled shooting another 3.

Also for the Grizzlies, Kasiah scored nine points and dished out six assists, while Williams, who was held to just four points, pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

For Phoenix, Baylee Toney scored 11 points and Bailee Tally nine.

The Pirates struggled at the charity stripe, hitting just 11 of 27 free throws, including 6 of 18 in the second half. They also had a hard time penetrating Ashland's perimeter defense, which limited Phoenix to six field goals in the middle two quarters.

PHOENIX (39) — B. Tally 9, D. Tally 6, Skaff 4, Marshall 6, Toney 11, Hamilton 1, Brown 2. Totals: 14 11-27 39.

ASHLAND (52) — Williams 4, Winner 2, Teixeira 2, Dunn 19, Kasiah 9, Thornton 12, Brookins 4, Kuykendall 0, Henderson-Brazie 0. Totals: 22 3-3 52.

Phoenix 9 10 7 13 — 39

Ashland 4 21 12 15 — 52

3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Dunn 4, Kasiah 1).

JV result — Phoenix won.

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