By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

A step away from the plank

DAYTON -- To the aggressor goes the spoils.

The Dayton girls basketball team recorded 12 steals in the first quarter alone and ran up a 36-9 halftime lead on Westside Christian en route to a 59-26 victory in Thursday night's Class 3A West Valley League playoff game.

Teddi Hop led the Pirates with 18 points. Cooper Ringnalda had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Dayton.

 "One of our goals was to come out aggressive," Pirates coach Scott Spink said. "When we're ready to play, it always helps.

"What I liked on offense was how unselfish we were. Especially in the first half, we were making the extra pass."

Dayton also kept the ball under control, turning it over 10 times during the game while recording 19 steals as a team. The Pirates also had 42 rebounds against the Eagles, 20 coming on the offensive glass.

The Pirates (13-11, 8-6) will face Colton for a berth in the Class 3A state playoffs on Saturday at noon at Central High School in Independence.

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