By News-Register staff • 

Spink, Dayton girls lock down Colton

DAYTON – The Pirates left no dobut about their place in the pecking order of Class 3A girls basketball in Saturday’s OSAA State Championship first round game against Colton.

A 24-5 first quarter lead spelled out just how the night was going to end as Dayton eventually ended the Vikings’ season with a 53-38 win at Dayton High School.

“We just came out focused, playing great basketball,” Dayton head coach Scott Spink said. We took care of business. We really did play well the whole time.”

The impressive factor in Saturday’s game was the way the Pirates spread out their scoring. Four players scored at least seven points – Teddi Hop led Dayton with 17, Kalina Rojas added 10, Malina Ray added eight and Maddie Shirley scored seven.

“That’s two games in a row where she’s done really well shooting,” Spink said of Hop.

Making it all happen was Dayton Point guard Shawnie Spink, who added just five points but dished out a whopping 14 assists in the win.

“She was really finding kids open for nice, easy shots,” coach Scott Spink noted. “That’s a big thing. Really, the whole team playing that well is a big confidence booster going into Coos Bay.”

The lead was 34-11 at the intermission, and Dayton closed out in style.

“We really had balanced scoring from a number of kids,” Spink said.

Dayton (23-3) have won 14 in a row going into Thursday’s quarterfinals. With Rainier’s shocking upset of Pleasant Hill, the No.3 seeded Pirates are now the second-highest ranked team remaining in the tournament, They’ll play No. 11 Portland Christian in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. at Marshfield High school in Coos Bay.