Nov. 17—DALE — The Byng girls couldn't overcome a slow start in a 66-51 loss to Dale in a season-opening road game Tuesday night.
Dale starts its season off at 2-0.
In the boys' game, the defending Class 2A state champion Dale team clubbed the Byng Pirates 75-42.
The DHS Pirates are also 2-0 on the young season.
Dale 66, Byng 51
Dale started the game on a 15-7 run and used a 24-15 second-quarter surge to build a 39-22 halftime edge. Byng settled in after that and kept pace in the second half, outscoring the home team 29-27 over the final two frames.
"After having the chance to go back and watch the game, I applaud our kids for their fight," Byng head coach Luke Clark told The Ada News. "We're nowhere near where we can be or need to be, but the way that we continued to battle through some awful times last night is something that we can build upon."
Byng playmaker Alona Cooper started the season on a high note, pouring in a game-high 27 points. She hit four 3-pointers and made all three of her free throws.
Cadence Carlos also hit double figures for the visiting Lady Pirates. She hit a pair of triples and scored 12 points Brylee Baird followed with eight points for Byng.
Dale featured a balanced offensive attack led by Teague Muncy who scored 14 points and was 4-of-4 from the line. Kynlee Bullard was next with 12 points and Kaleigh Strange was right behind with 11. Karsen Griggs also reached double figures with 10 points. Five different Dale players hit 3-point baskets.
Dale finished 11-of-14 from the free-throw line and Byng ended up 5-of-9.
The Byng teams are now off until a Nov. 28 road trip to Lone Grove. The first Pirate home game is scheduled for Dec. 5 versus local rival Latta.
Dale 75, Byng 42
The game was nip-and-tuck after the first quarter before the high-flying Dale squad began to take off in the second. Dale led just 13-11 after one period put outscored Byng 17-5 in the second quarter to build a 30-16 halftime lead.
Dale took control in the second half, using a 20-14 run in the third period to go on top 50-30. The host Pirates finished strong, outscoring Byng 25-12 to end the game.
BHS junior Tyler Raney tried to keep his team close by hitting six 3-pointers for all 18 of his points. However, no other Byng player scored more than five.
Senior Dayton Forsythe, who has signed with the University of Oklahoma, led the DHS attack with 17 points He sank 3-of-4 free throws. Sophomore Denton Forsythe was right behind his brother with 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Tray Chambers also reached double figures with 10 points.
Both Easton Edmonson and Levi Kelly contributed seven points apiece for the hosts.