In a game that was a makeup from Friday’s snow postponement, the Tribe took the lead early and never relinquished it in a 72-49 decision.
The Indians (7-4, 1-1) quickly jumped out to a 19-12 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to a flurry of three straight steals in the backcourt that led to a pair of 3-pointers. Dobyns-Bennett opened up the second quarter with another barrage of steals as the Pioneers struggled to handle the ball.
Despite the steals, Crockett (6-3, 1-1) remained in the game behind sharp shooting and good defense. The Indians led at the half 32-25 as both teams had 13 points in the second quarter.
The second half opened up the flood gates for the Indians as everything was going into the basket. They scored 11 straight points and led by 18, 43-25.
The Pioneers slowly climbed back into the game with under five minutes left, trimming the deficit to 12 points, but they could not overcome the scrappy defense from D-B. The Indians led at the end of the third period, 51-37.
In the fourth quarter, the Indians stretched the lead to as much as 19 points.
Marae Foreman led the Indians with 13 points while Jordan Hensley led the Pioneers with 12 points. The Indians shot 52 percent (30-58) and the Pioneers shot just 41 percent (20-49).
Dobyns-Bennett 74, David Crockett 46
It was a tale of two halves for the Lady Indians.
The game was close for about two and a half quarters before Dobyns-Bennett finally seized control.
The Lady Pioneers started out well and were forcing turnovers and bad shots. Near the end of the first quarter, Crockett was well within striking distance only trailing by a couple of possessions at 13-8.
The momentum started to swing more in the way of D-B as the second quarter opened and the Tribe built a seven point lead. Crockett fought back and erased the deficit to tie the game at 23 apiece with just over a minute left in the half. Emma Gouge and Kassie Lowe were big spark plugs for Crockett as they got all of the points in a 10-3 run to end the half.
The game was surprisingly tied at 28 at the half.
When the second half started, the Tribe came out like a fire was lit under them as they quickly built a six point lead with over four minutes to play. The defense was also beginning to overwhelm the Lady Pioneers with fullcourt pressure and unforced errors.
The size advantage was also taking a toll as Courtney Whitson took over for the Lady Indians in the low post in the third quarter. D-B was beginning to pull away in the third as they exited the quarter with a 48-36 lead.
Before the five minute mark in the fourth quarter, the lead had swelled to 20 points and a multitude of fouls had been called, including seven fouls in just a minute and fifteen seconds.
Whitson led all scorers with 21 for D-B. Caitlyn Wallace and Lily Griffith each had 11 for the Tribe.
Gouge led Crockett with points while Kassie Lowe chipped in with 13 points.