OBSERVER Staff Report
SOUTH DAYTON - Lacey Clark had a game-high 23 points and 15 rebounds, helping lead the Dunkirk Lady Marauders (9-4) past the Pine Valley Lady Panthers (6-7), 47-43, Saturday during non-league girls basketball action.
"Lacey played unbelievable," Dunkirk head coach Sarah Bogardus said. "She had a great all-around game. She was in foul trouble in the first half and came out and played relentless in the second half and really pieced together a nice overall game."
Clark finished 9-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe, as the Lady Marauders defeated the Lady Panthers for a second time this season, having won 52-49 on Dec. 27.
"She was just a beast on the boards," Bogardus added of Clark. "She controlled the boards single-handedly.
Dunkirk fell behind 14-9 after the first quarter, and 21-17 at the break, before outscoring Pine Valley, 16-9, in the third to take a 37-26 edge into the final stanza. The Lady Marauders outscored the Lady Panthers, 14-13, in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.
"It was just an intense game," Bogardus said. "Up and down the court, there was lots of energy and intensity. It was a great non-league game for us to play in. both teams played really well and intense for 32 minutes.
Pine Valley played great, aggressive defense," Bogardus continued. "And I think we were able to match that pressure, in the second half especially."
Khee Nance chipped in nine points, six rebounds and five assists in the win while Jessica Gifford added seven points and three assists.
For the Lady Panthers, Kayla Mansfield had a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds while adding five steals. Kaleigh Brunswick chipped in nine points and three assists, Alex Bentham added seven points and three assists and Laural Killock charted six points and five steals.
Dunkirk will be back in action Monday, when it faces arch-rival Fredonia at home. Pine Valley is off until Thursday, when it meets Panama.