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Duchesses score early & often in rout of Vikings

Well worth waiting for

DIXON – It took a few extra days, but the Dixon girls basketball team got in its game against North Boone.

From the Duchesses’ perspective, it was worth the wait. They scored early and often on their way to a 58-15 victory on Monday night in Lancaster Gymnasium.

The game was originally slated for Saturday, but it was postponed due to inclement weather.

Dixon (14-3, 3-1 Big Northern) began the game with a 9-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Abby Guthrie less than 2 minutes into the action, and the margin only grew from there. It was 26-4 through one quarter, with Guthrie (10 points on 4-for-4 shooting) and Sam Tourtillott (9 points, 3-for-3 from field, 3-for-4 free throws) leading the way in that span.

“We knew that if we ran our plays well, we’d get wide-open shots,” Guthrie said. “After we put in our press defense, we got a lot of steals and easy baskets that put us ahead early.”

Dixon coach Luke Ravlin was able to substitute freely throughout the contest. Reserve forward Anna Whelan scored five of her eight points in the second quarter, which ended with Dixon on top 44-6.

Guthrie concluded her scoring with five more in the second period for a game-high 15 points, while Caylyn Kimmel scored all six of her points in the second quarter.

North Boone (1-15, 0-2) scored nearly half of its points in the third quarter, on buckets by Kaylie Olsen, Aubrey Alvarez and Delaney O’Hara, and a free throw by Olsen. The Vikings trailed 54-13 through three quarters, and a running clock was used for the final 8 minutes.

Mia Fernandez led North Boone with five points, while Olson and Alvarez added three each. The Vikings were an ice-cold 5-for-36, or 13.8%, shooting from the field.

Dixon, meanwhile, converted 21 of 39 shots, or 53.8%. Guthrie was 6-for-8, including 3-for-4 from long distance, in scoring 15 points for the Duchesses. Tourtillott finished with 11, Whelan had eight, and Kimmel and Madelyn Chesley scored six apiece.

Elle Jarrett and Kimmel each collected six rebounds, while Kimmel also had four steals.

“I thought we executed well and did the things we’ve been working on,” Dixon coach Luke Ravlin said.

Star of the game: Abby Guthrie, Dixon, 15 points

Key performers: Sam Tourtillott, Dixon, 11 points; Caylyn Kimmel, Dixon, 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals

Up next: Dixon at Woodstock, 7 p.m. tonight

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