- Written by Dave Palana
- Published: 05 February 2014
The Duxbury girls’ basketball team was tested last week as they haven’t been thus far this season and they were able to rise to the occasion.
The Dragons had to claw their way back after giving up a rare double-digit deficit to the North Quincy Red Raiders to win 49-41 on Jan. 27 and then the strength to hold off the Fisher Divisionleading Hanover Indians 24 hours later 33-28. The Dragons then got back to the blowouts on Friday with a 66-38 win over the Scituate Sailors to improve to 13-0 on the season with a 9-0 record in the Patriot League. Even though the Dragons ended up routing the Sailors, the toll of the two tough games earlier in the week showed in the first quarter when they spotted the Sailors a quick 6-2 lead, but a change in defensive strategy and big play from their bench allowed Duxbury to finish the brutal week in style.
Freshman point guard Lil Foote turned in her best game of the season coming on in relief. Foote scored a careerhigh 12 points in the game, eight of which came from the free-throw line, and also got her teammates involved in the scoring by dishing out five assists.
“This was her best game of the year by far,” head coach Bob Sullivan said of Foote. “She ran the offense to perfection —not bad for a 14-yearold.”
Junior captain Catherine Harrison lead the team in scoring against Scituate with 19 points to go with 12 rebounds and three blocks. Harrison had a monster game in the paint against Hanover with 21 rebounds and 14 points. Molly Quilty also grabbed 19 boards while blocking five shots in a win in which the Dragons were clearly exhausted from their game with the Red Raiders and had to rely on their defense and rebounding to pull through.
“We were lacking some energy,” Sullivan said. “Our D was good, but we were just not scoring. We had to show our toughness.”
Duxbury showed their toughness the night before when they came back to beat the Red Raiders after spotting North Quincy a 13-point lead in the third quarter. Duxbury trimmed the lead to five to start the fourth quarter, and clutch 3-point shooting by cocaptains Jackie Sullivan and Maddie Foote, older sister of Lil, allowed Duxbury to escape with their undefeated record.
“Playing the two best teams in the league back-toback and finishing a way to win both tells me a lot about the girls’ resiliency,” Sullivan said. “They fought hard to win their games, and the only going to help us come tournaments time.”
Despite having to eke out wins against the Indians and Red Raiders, the Dragons are still beating opponents by an average of more than 20 points this season, which Sullivan said is impressive in light of the amount of offense that graduated last spring. He credited the emergence of players like Quilty who had to wait patiently for playing time in recent years with the team’s ability to remain successful.
“She came off the bench sparingly last year,” Sullivan said. “Now she has a chance to start and she is just embracing it. She had nine points and nine blocks against North Quincy.
Duxbury has a firm grip on the Patriot League championship with four league games left on their schedule. The Dragons will host the Whitman- Hanson Panthers at the high school on Friday and the Quincy Presidents on Monday in their final home game of the regular season. The Dragons have already guaranteed themselves a spot in the MIAA tournament, but are also concerned with earning home court advantage in the early round.