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By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
It what was a tale of two halves for the Dover-Sherborn Regional High School varsity girls basketball team on Tuesday night at home against Ashland. The Lady-Raiders entered looking to bounce back from a 51-35 defeat to Medway on January 3, while the Clockers (2-3, 2-3) came in trying to snap a three-game losing skid.
The Raiders (2-3, 2-3) got off to a strong start, jumping out to a quick 8-3 lead following a three-pointer by senior guard Sophie Fallon (seven points). Ashland cut the deficit to 8-6 before a three-pointer by freshman Hana Skeary (team-high 12 points) made it a five-point game. A two-point floater at the buzzer by senior forward Olivia Collins (eight points) extended the DS lead to 13-6 at the end of one quarter.
The story of the second quarter was Hana Skeary. After Ashland got to within three at 15-12 early in the quarter, Skeary responded with a three-pointer to push the lead back to six at 18-12. Skeary then sank four free throws down the stretch of the quarter to put herself in double figures at 10 points, helping the Raiders to a 26-19 halftime lead.
The third quarter saw the tide shift as Ashland began to get hot from outside. A two-point jumper by Skeary gave the Raiders a 30-23 lead after Ashland cut the deficit to five, but it would be the final field goal of the quarter for DS. Ashland strung together a 14-1 run to close out the frame, and the Clockers entered the final quarter with a 37-31 lead.
Both teams played extremely strong defense in the fourth quarter. The Raiders held Ashland to just three fourth quarter points. A pair of free throws by Collins cut the deficit to four at 37-33. A free throw by junior forward Sabrina Ryan (five points) got DS back to within one possession at 39-36. A two-point floater by junior Kate Mastrobuono (three points) cut the deficit down to one at 39-38 with 1:30 to play. A free throw by Ashland made it a two-point game with 52 seconds remaining. With DS still down by two with 14.4 seconds to play, Mastrobuono forced a steal to set the Raiders up for a chance to tie the game. Following a timeout, DS turned the ball over out of bounds. Ashland inbounded the ball and dribbled out the remainder of the clock to steal the 40-38 victory.
DS will try and get back on track on January 17 at rival Westwood.
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