The Duxbury girlsâ€™ basketball team traveled to Scituate on Monday afternoon to take on Scituate HS in what was billed as their biggest Patriot League challenge to date. Taking along their 7-1 record, the Lady Dragons were ready to face an undefeated Sailor team that was 9-0 and the talk of the South Shore.
Once the game started the talk was all about Duxbury, as they raced to a 13-6 first period lead and never looked back, trouncing the unbeaten Sailors, 57-36.
Coach Mark Dunn mixed things up for his team defensively, and the strategy worked to perfection, as the Sailors were throwing up bricks in the first quarter and could never get their offense in gear.
â€œI was always a man-to-man person, but last year the girls played zone and it worked out pretty so we stuck with it this year. Now they are really getting to play the zone defense well. I didnâ€™t think we were going to be able to press Scituate coming in, so we switched back to zone and I think we neutralized some of their top scorers.â€
After the Duxbury defense limited Scituate to just two points in the first six minutes, sophomore Michaela North scored five straight points to give Duxbury a 7-2 lead with two minutes left in the quarter. Kelly Martin would cut the margin to three, only to see senior captain Maggie Norton unleash a pair of three-pointers that had the visitors up by seven at the end of the period.
The Lady Dragons put their foot to the pedal starting the second period and went on a 12-2 run in the first four minutes to grab a 25-8 lead before a stunned Scituate crowd.
A pair of baskets by North and two baskets by Shannon McLaughlin off the bench ignited the run.
After Dunn called a timeout with three minutes left in the half, his team came back on the floor and continued to add to its lead, as Katelyn Norton and sister Maggie buried baskets for a 31-11 halftime lead.
Knowing his team would have to alter its game plan, Scituate Coach Brian Buckley unleashed a swarming defense to start the second half. It worked for the first four minutes, as Duxbury had a pair of 30-second violations forcing Dunn to call a timeout and calm his troops down with the lead down to 33-22.
When Duxbury came out of the break, Devon Tsinzo and Maggie Norton buried three-pointers to up the lead to 39-22. Norton continued with the hot hand and sank another trey a minute into the fourth quarter for a 46-27 lead, allowing Dunn to call a timeout and set his defense for the rest of the game.
The lead remained constant throughout the final six minutes, as the Lady Dragon defense continued to stop every Scituate attempt at getting back in the game.
It was a big night for the Norton sisters , as senior Maggie scored 18 points, and sophomore sister Katelyn pumped in 10. North was immense underneath with 10 points and plenty of rebounds and blocked shots.
The girls are back in action this Friday night when they travel to Hanover at 6:30 p.m.