- Written by Dave Palana
- Published: 15 January 2014
As hot as the Duxbury girls’ basketball team has started their season, they may be one of the few teams not looking forward to taking a week off.
Three games in four days last week was not a problem at all for the Dragons, who routed the Silver Lake Lakers 43-24 on Jan. 7 one day before notching a 56-21 win over the New Bedford Whalers. Dux- bury then finished the week with a 20-point win over the Hingham Harborwomen, 49- 29, at the high school to start the season 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League.
“[The three-game week] might have worked to our advantage,” Sullivan said. “We had five days off over the vacation, so I think that worked out well for us. We have some good chemistry out there, and that is how we’re going to win the close ones.”
Duxbury continued to spread their scoring around in their wins last week. Senior captain Catherine Harrison battled a foot injury against New Bedford and junior center Molly Quilty took over. Quilty nearly had a double-double in the third quarter alone with nine points and six rebounds to finish the game with 11 points and 10 boards as she sat for most of the fourth quarter with Duxbury up by more than 30 points.
Quilty continued to dominate the paint for the Dragons against Hingham on Friday and 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks in their win over the Harbormen.
“Molly Quilty is just dominating the glass,” Sullivan said. “She’s just a special young lady and I’m really pleased with her effort.”
Sophomore guard Emma Gill also came into her own offensively for the Dragons last week. Gill starts largely for her defense, but her six points and three rebounds in the first quarter helped the Dragons jump out to a 14-6 lead on the Whalers after one frame.
She finished in double figres with 10 points and continued her strong offensive week by leading the Dragons in scoring with 13 points against the Harborwomen to go with six steals on the defensive end.
“She’s a superstar on the soccer team and she’s one of our best defenders,” Sullivan said of Gill. “She’s just a phe- nomenal athlete and she’s got a real nose for the ball.”
Junior captain Maddie Foote has also started to find her range from beyond the 3-point arc with 12 points against Hingham and a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter against New Bedford when Duxbury outscored the Whalers 14-2 to take a 20-point lead into halftime. With the game well in hand, Sullivan was able to empty the bench in the third and fourth quarters, and Duxbury’s reserves preserved the lead with sophomore Siobhan Tierney scoring her first varsity points and senior cap- tain Haley McLaughlin, Jaime Cross and freshman Lilly Foote active on both ends of the floor.
“Haley comes off the bench, but she could start on any team anywhere,” Sullivan said. “She sacrifices for her team, which I think is spectacular. I loved Jaime Cross today, and I was happy to see Siobhan Tierney get her first varsity points today. She’s a very good shooter and she’s going to help us down the stretch against these Pac-10 zone [defenses].”
The Dragons will take their show on the road for the first time since Dec. 20 when the resume play on Friday at Quincy High School against the Presidents and then travel to Middleboro on Monday for a makeup game with the Sachems.