Janee Clements (5) drives to the basket for two of her 29 points against Dale County.

Daleville senior Janee Clements had a big night as the Lady Hawks thrashed the Dale County Lady Warriors 66-43 at home on Saturday, Jan. 4.

The win was Daleville’s return to the court after a long break for Christmas and the Lady Hawks’ first win since Dec. 16.

Daleville took a 12-7 lead into the second quarter before exploding in the second quarter to outscore the Lady Warriors 23-9 and take a 35-16 lead into halftime.

Daleville led 50-30 going into the final period before ultimately coming away with the 66-43 win.

“We started out kind of slow,” Daleville coach Zach Kelley said. “This was our first game since Dec. 19 but we had a really good second half. I’m proud of them.”

Clements put together a career-high 29 points in the win along with seven steals, five assists and four rebounds as the senior filled up the stat sheet.

“She had a big game and played really smart,” Kelley said of his senior star. “She had a bunch of backdoor layups and hit some wide open three’s in the first half. If she continues to play like that we have a good chance of being successful.”

Sophomore Joye Anderson also had a big night as she scored 16 points, dished eight assists and recorded six steals on defense.

Senior Erika Herring chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while senior Alisha Scott brought down a team-high nine rebounds along with scoring six points off the bench.

Kelley said one thing he wants to see his Lady Hawks improve on is man-to-man defense.

“We have to work more on our defense,” he emphasized. “The offense is there but we have to clean up some things on defense and really work on our man-to-man defense.”

Daleville will hit the road on Jan. 9 and face off against Cottonwood at 5:30 p.m.

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