OTTAWA — The Dixon Duchesss fell behind in a tough place to win at Kingman Gym.
But, they didn't give up. Instead, they rallied from an 11-point deficit to push the Ottawa Pirates in a Northern Illinois Big 12 game. The Pirates, who were a bit rusty after a 2-week break, won 48-34.
Ottawa (11-5, 3-1) had a 20-9 halftime lead, but Dixon got hot from outside to tighten things up in the third period.
Kari Wolfe hit a 3 for the Duchesses to start the period, and the two clubs traded hoops until Brooke Bailey hit a 3, and then a baseline drive midway through the quarter to make it a 26-21.
Jaleesa Kindred made a steal and went coast-to-coast to put Ottawa up by six, but Bailey hit another 3. Cassidy Rice gave the Pirates a boost only to see Brittani Sohn bank home a trey at the buzzer to make it a 30-27 game at the end of three quarters.
"I was proud of our girls tonight," Dixon coach Luke Ravlin said. "It's nice to see them growing day by day, and I think we'll get to a good place by the time we're done with it. One of the great things about playing in this conference is that you get to play teams like Ottawa."
The Pirates made some adjustments going into the final quarter.
"We lost Bailey a couple times, and then they banked in that 3 at the buzzer," Ottawa coach Mike Cooper said. "We went back to playing box-and-one and put Jessica Wignes on her, and she controlled her a little bit. I thought Wignes came in and gave us a huge lift the last 5 minutes or so. We were a little tired and you could tell we hadn't played in 2 weeks."
Kindred hit a bucket and converted a foul shot to open the fourth quarter, followed by a couple free throws for Bailey and a basket by Ottawa's Rice. Bailey got open for one final 3 at the 5:33 mark to pull the Duchesses (6-11, 2-2) to within three at 35-32, but then Ottawa took over.
Ottawa went on a nine-point run to make it 44-32 with 2:43 to play. Dixon got just two free throws the rest of the period.
"It was good for us to have to win one with pressure on us," Cooper said.
Kindred led Ottawa in scoring with 15 points and seven rebounds. Catie Carlson added 13 points and three assists. Mady Toynton had eight boards.
Bailey led Dixon with 21 points and three steals.
Star of the game: Brooke Bailey, Dixon, 21 points, 3 steals
Key performers: Jaleesa Kindred, Ottawa, 15 points, 7 rebounds; Catie Carlson, Ottawa, 13 points, 3 assists
Up next: Geneseo at Dixon, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday