DARTMOUTH — A Southeast Conference championship was on the road throughout Friday evening’s ladies basketball matchup between Dartmouth and Bridgewater-Raynham.
Despite a late push from the guests, Dartmouth was in a position to maintain on and take a 48-39 victory to emerge as sole league champions.
Dartmouth (16-1) had already clinched a share of the title going into the sport whereas Bridgewater-Raynham (13-4) hoped to stake a declare with a victory. However, merely tying for the league title with the Trojans was not going to be sufficient for Dartmouth, because the rival had gained 10 consecutive league titles and the Indians felt prefer it was time for a change.
“It’s been 10 years, I’ve never won it,” stated Dartmouth junior Katherine Cheesebro, who led all scorers with 17 factors. “To win it is a really big achievement for us. That was one of our goals to start the season and now that we have achieved it, we feel really good about ourselves.”
Dartmouth head coach Brian Jalbert stated the sustained run of league dominance from Bridgewater-Raynham was inspirational and is one thing his program hopes to emulate.
“They set the standard,” Jalbert stated. “I learned so much from them and now I really hope that we can try to somehow match what they have done.”
The opening quarter noticed Dartmouth put collectively a dominant effort. The Indians started on an 11-0 run, and a late three-pointer from Trojans’ senior Reese Bartlett was all it might give up as Dartmouth took a 11-3 lead into the second quarter.
The subsequent quarter was way more even, with Dartmouth holding a 13-11 benefit. This included one 8-0 run for the Trojans. However, Dartmouth nonetheless carried the tempo of play and entered halftime with a cushty 23-14 lead.
The third quarter was one of the best effort from Bridgewater-Raynham to that time. The Trojans pulled to inside three and outscored Dartmouth 13-10. This momentum carried into the fourth quarter, and it regarded just like the Trojans have been poised to take a lead for the primary time all recreation.
Instead, senior Hailey Martins secured a clutch rebound and drew a foul after scoring the layup. She nailed the free throw and Dartmouth cruised to the win.
“It meant a lot to me because I’m not a scorer on the team,” Martins stated. “Rebounding is my place on the team, and to get points out of it is really enjoyable for me.”
The senior completed with seven factors and 5 rebounds on Senior Night. As the lone senior on the crew, she stated the second and clinching the league title was very particular.
“I think we came in with a lot of adrenaline tonight,” Martins stated. “Now we’re able to celebrate after.”