The girls Division-I state championship game should feature a match-up of a pair of terrific smaller point guards, as Dobson's 5-foot-6 senior guard Dyesha Stahley led her Dobson program to a 59-52 semi-final win Friday evening at Grand Canyon University over a gritty Liberty team.
Stahley overcame an early injury to her knee to return in the game Friday evening in the second half, amidst cheers from the Dobson fans. Stahley would help Dobson (29-2) overcome a 28-23 halftime lead by Liberty (28-4) to win the game, 59-52 - advancing to the state championship game.
Dobson seniors, Alexis Todd, Shamara Troupe and Kayla Clark all scored in double figures for Dobson - helping Dobson to defeat Liberty with a strong fourth quarter push late.
Dobson last won the state title in 2010, when they were led by the play of current University of San Diego guard Katherine Hamilton. Dobson will look to win it again this year behind the play of Stahley. Stahley's health is still uncertain, as she suffered a sprained knee in the game.