DAYTON – Pressure, pressure and more pressure.
The Spring Creek girls basketball team tightened up the screws Friday night in Dayton, and the Lady Spartans rolled to a mercy-rule victory of 65-21 over the Lady Dust Devils.
The Lady Dust Devils scored the first bucket of the game, but Spring Creek gained the lead on a three from junior Caitlyn Dimick.
The Lady Spartans’ advantage grew to 4-2 on a free throw and 6-2 after an And-1 finish by junior Alayna Grosz from an assist by senior Kaitlyn McLeod.
The lead grew to 8-2 at the 5:09 mark after a steal and layup by McLeod, capping an 8-0 run and forcing a timeout.
The pressure by Spring Creek forced another turnover directly after the break, Grosz setting up McLeod for a score and a 10-2 lead.
The advantage grew to double figures on a finish with English by Grosz, making the score 12-2.
A free throw each by freshman Kylee Dimick and junior Delaynee Walz made 14 points in a row for the Lady Spartans, the run reaching 16 points on a strong drive by McLeod.
Two free throws from senior Teagan Ashby extended the streak to 18-straight points, the massive onslaught reaching 21 points with another free throw and a steal for a layup by McLeod.
Spring Creek exploded to a 21-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The second period began with more Spring Creek dominance.
Entering the period already in the bonus, Kylee Dimick buried a pair of free throws, followed by a bank shot by junior Jasmine Yadeskie.
Kylee Dimick buried another pair from the stripe before Dayton Aleea McGill-Howe scored the Lady Dust Devils’ second field goal of the game – going more than a full period without scoring a point and allowing 27 in a row.
The second quarter was the Kylee Dimick show early on, making a pump fake for a finish and a 29-4 lead.
McGill-Howe buried a three for Dayton and was fouled on the play, but she missed the free throw.
The Lady Spartans added a free throw and took a 32-7 lead on a hook shot from the block by sophomore Cheyenne Cleveland.
Freshman Katelyn Howerton knocked down two freebies for the Lady Dust Devils, but Yadeskie won the battle in the lane for a finish on the other end.
Caitlyn Dimick buried a jumper from the elbow, and Grosz dropped a hook shot for a 38-9 lead.
Grosz gave Spring Creek an 8-0 run with a pair of free throws, the streak stopped by a three from Dayton senior Abby Sikora.
A Sikora free throw cut the lead to 40-13.
Kylee Dimick scored her eighth point of the period from an assist by sophomore Elizabeth Canning, and Spring Creek took a 42-13 lead to the locker room.
The second half began with a bucket by Dayton sophomore Tamia Powell.
Spring Creek’s first points of the third came on a deuce by Caitlyn Dimick.
McLeod scored two, followed by a midrange jumper by Ashby – forcing a timeout with 6:40 remaining in the frame.
Powell completed a three-point play the hard way to cut the lead to 30 at 48-18, but Spring Creek turned the game into a running clock with an 8-0 run.
Ashby banked a shot home, Grosz finished inside and Kylee Dimick tallied consecutive buckets for a 56-18 lead.
The margin grew to 41 with a triple by Canning before Powell made a free throw to cut the lead to 40 with a free throw.
Spring Creek led 59-19 at the end of three.
The fourth quarter closed quickly with the running clock, not quickly enough to stop Caitlyn Dimick from going off for all six of the Lady Spartans’ points in the final frame.
Dayton earned one bucket in the fourth by junior Elizabeth Vincent.
The Lady Spartans earned their first victory in league play of the Division 3A North (1-2) with a commanding performance in a 65-21 demolition of the Lady Dust Devils in Dayton.
Spring Creek scored the ball across the roster – placing four girls in double figures – led by 14 points from Caitlyn Dimick, who tallied six in the final frame.
Kylee Dimick scored 13 points, McLeod finished with 11 and Grosz pumped in 10.
Ashby chipped in six for the Lady Spartans.
SPRING CREEK – 21 – 21 – 17 – 6 – 65 Total
DAYTON – 2 – 11 – 6 – 2 – 21 Total
The Lady Spartans will look for their second victory in the 3A North and close the road trip at 1 p.m. Saturday in South Tahoe.