MORRISON – It took a quarter to show it, but the Dixon girls basketball team had way too much horsepower for Morrison.
The Duchesses overcame a slow start and rolled to a 55-26 nonconference victory against the Fillies on Friday night in Morrison.
Dixon (14-7) was just 1-for-10 from the field in the first quarter, which ended with Morrison (3-16) on top 7-5. When the quarter flipped, however, so did the script.
Junior forward Madelyn Chesley and sophomore guard Caylyn Kimmel each dropped in three baskets without a miss in the second period, as the Duchesses went on a 25-3 scoring spree to essentially put the game on ice.
“It was just working together, talking to each other and giving each other support,” Chesley said. “That’s what makes us a good team.”
“We just needed to relax and be a touch more patient on offense, find each other and play together like we normally do,” Dixon coach Luke Ravlin added. “Once we did that, we were fine.”
Up 30-10 at halftime, Dixon steadily increased the margin in the second half. It became a mercy-rule game at 49-19 on a basket from Chesley with 5:35 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Chesley made her presence felt on both ends of the court. She scored a game-high 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting; grabbed a game-high eight rebounds; and had five of Dixon’s 11 blocked shots.
The Duchesses’ defensive effort centered on Morrison’s 6-foot senior center, Peyton Tegeler, who went over the 1,000-point mark for her career Thursday night in a loss to Rockridge.
Dixon’s plan was to have a player, usually senior guard Kira Goral, in front of Tegeler at all times, and another – either Chesley, Rachael Rumph or Zoe Carr – behind her. The plan worked, as Tegeler was held to nine points on 2-for-11 shooting. Her only bucket of the second half was an NBA-range 3 after the mercy-rule clock was in effect.
“I thought our kids did a really good job executing the game plan,” Ravlin said. “Peyton Tegeler is a great player, and if you’re going to play Morrison, you’ve got to know about her. I thought our kids did a great job, but kudos to her for a great career.”
The Fillies shot 20.4 percent (10-for-49) from the field. Senior guard Claire Coons finished with eight points, six rebounds and three steals, but no other Morrison player had more than four points.
“[Peyton’s] what our whole team’s built around,” Morrison coach Kerry Grim said. “You front her, you put a man behind her and beside her, and she can’t do a whole lot. We tried to pull it out and go five men out so we could give her a little extra room to drive. It just made for a really tough night for us.
“[Dixon’s] guards are very fast, and we don’t have the speed or personnel to match up with them.”
Goral scored seven of her 11 points in the second quarter to help snap her team out of its offensive funk. Kimmel had nine points and six rebounds, while Sam Tourtillott added seven points.
Dixon 55, Morrison 26
Star of the game: Madelyn Chesley, Dixon, 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks
Key performers: Kir Goral, Dixon, 11 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds; Peyton Tegeler, Morrison, 9 points, 7 rebounds
Up next: Woodstock at Dixon, 2:30 p.m. Saturday; Morrison at Fulton, 7 p.m. Monday