Dollarway didn't exactly light up the scoreboard from the free throw line. But it was enough for a 50-48 Conference 8-3A win against Dumas Friday night.
Dollarway didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard from the free throw line. But it was enough for a 50-48 Conference 8-3A win against Dumas Friday night.
The Cardinals shot just 15-of-36 from the charity stripe, including a 5-of-21 mark in the second half to remain unbeaten in the division at 8-0.
Dollarway used a full-court pressure defense that forced 20 turnovers to hang around as Dumas built as much as an 11-point lead in the third period before making a late charge and hanging on for the win.
Joshua Liddell led Dollarway in scoring with 11 points, the lone Cardinal in double figures.
“Our defense has been carrying us all the way,” Liddell said. “The free throws…we are going to continue to work on those and they will start to fall. Right now we have to stick with our defense and that will keep wnning games for us. Our coaches stay on us about playing defense all four quarters.”
Dollarway forced 12 turnovers in the final two periods. But it was nearly not enough as the Cardinals were ice cold from the line. At one point Dollarway missed 6-of-8 free throws as it was attempting to narrow the scoring gap. With Dumas leading 36-29 at the 2:16 mark in the third stanza, the Cardinals went to the line on four consecutive possessions. Instead of pulling closer or possibly taking a lead Dolarway continued to trail 36-31.
If not for a 3-pointer at the quarter horn by Addison Grandy to narrow the lead to two points, the Bobcats would have carried a larger lead, and the momentum, into the final frame.
“The second group came in and did a good job (Friday night),” said Grandy, who finished with seven points. “When we came in we brought the team back up. We made some good good shot selections. We grabbed some rebounds and kept the ball in our possession.”
Dollarway coach Ellis Berry said the shooting woes from the line was a mental lapse for his squad.
“It’s a mind thing,” Berry said. “They know they have to make their free throws. That’s as bad as we have shot all year from the line. If we make the free throws we win that game going away.”
Dollarway improved to 17-4 overall while Dumas dropped to 9-5 and 4-3 in the conference. Dumas coach Johnny Hendrix said the pressure defense was a key factor in the outcome of the game.
“In the second half we let them get aggressive on us with their hands and everything,” he said. “And every time we got close the whistle blew. We had some turnovers. But some of those turnovers were caused by the contact.”
Dumas’ lead evaporated with six minutes left in the game when Dollarway knotted the score at 39-39 on a 3-pointer by Davonne Chapman. The Bobcats grabbed a 45-43 lead less than three minutes later on a putback by Charleston Dobbs but Dollarway regained the lead at 47-45 with 2:16 left and prevented the Bobcats from scoring down the stretch.
Dumas took possession with 11.4 seconds remaining and had a chance to either tie or take the lead. But its final turnover of the game sealed the win for Dollarway, capping a season sweep of the Cats.
DUMAS 56, DOLLARWAY 18
Dumas led 28-7 at the half and cruised to victory in the girl’s game after holding the Lady Cardinals scoreless in the opening quarter.
Shabr’an Richardson led Dumas with 22 points while Mona Mitchell added 10.
Dollarway was led in scoring by Jacqueline Rice with seven.
DOLLARWAY 35, DUMAS 20
Jayanna Sanders scored 12 points to lead the junior varsity girls to a win over Dumas as the Lady Cardinals led 10-2 after the first quarter and 22-9 at the half.
Kennaudia Tanner led Dumas with 11 points.