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Pinnacle's size too much for Dobson; face Highland in semifinals

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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:39 pm

Pinnacle had a height advantage and good game plan in its Division I state girls quarterfinal matchup with Dobson on Monday afternoon.

The Pioneers also caught the Mustangs on an off night for shooting.

Sydney Wiese had 13 points and Kenna McDavis hit four of her team’s eight 3-pointers as third-seeded Pinnacle got past No. 6 Dobson, 55-43, to advance to the semifinals, again at Wells Fargo Arena. The Pioneers will face No. 2 Highland at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“We had a pretty good height advantage,” Wiese said. “But they’re scrappy, they’re small, they’re quick, they’re aggressive. They are a great team. So they fought. I’m excited.”

Pinnacle took control early, leading 34-21 at the half. If Dobson had thoughts of rallying in the third quarter, those thoughts took a hit when the Mustangs (22-7) missed their first seven shots of the period.

Dobson pulled within 49-41 with four minutes left but missed five 3-pointers over the next three minutes and couldn’t close the gap.

“In the second half, we got open looks, we had opportunties and we missed,” Dobson coach Tyler Dumas said. “They left everything out on the court. We didn’t get outworked when we were out there.”

Although Pinnacle came out strong, Wiese took almost the entire first period to score – a long 3-pointer to give the Pioneers a 17-9 lead.

“I played pretty bad in the first quarter,” Wiese said. “But luckily my teammates kept me involved and they picked up the slack. But in the second quarter we started to calm down a little bit, and started playing our game and luckily helped us going into the second half.”

Dobson standout Katherine Hamilton led her team with 13 points but the Pioneers did a good job on denying her the ball and keeping the Mustang offense from getting any rhythm.

“We kept our composure,” the Oregon State-bound Wiese said. “It’s good for us to prepare, especially for the next game.”

But Dobson was in for a challenge in any event, facing a Pinnacle starting lineup that all measures 6-feet or more except one. Dobson has two players listed at 6-feet or better.

“We knew that Dobson would be smaller, but we knew they were going to be scrappy,” Pinnacle coach Troy Wiese said. “Our 6-footers are very athletic. They are long. You don’t get that type of team that often so it’s been a blessing this year.”

No argument from Dumas.

“The biggest issue was their length bothered us,” he said. “We got inside and they stood in there with their hands up and it’s hard to simulate 6-foot-1 across the board.”

Pinnacle’s aggressive Britta Nordstrom picked up the slack for Wiese, scoring 13 points and helping on defending Hamilton.

It was a little revenge for Pinnacle, which was eliminated by Dobson in the second round a year ago. The Pioneers lost in the 5A-II state title game for four years straight from 2008-11. Dobson won the 5A-I championship in 2010.

“I told them, if you get it into the middle, good things are going to happen,” said Pinnacle coach Troy Wiese. “Once we got it in the middle, we could kick out and we hit some open threes and so forth.”

Pinnacle 55, Dobson 43

Dobson    9 12 16   6 -- 43

Pinnacle 17 17 11 10 – 55

Dobson: Hamilton 13, Leith 8, Nichols 6, Stahley 4, Kibathi 4, Benford 3, Lloyd 3, LaVanway 2.

Pinnacle: Wiese 13, Nordstrom 13, McDavis 12, Bender 8, Poneoma 6, Rinehart 3.

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