Scott County Defeats Dunbar in an Upsetting Region Game

Dunbar played Scott County in a big region game on Jan 14.

Dunbar played a home game against the Scott County Cardinals in a big region game. Both teams were playing comfortably and showing a strong defense. It was a clean quarter with almost an equal amount of shots from both teams. Dunbar finished the first quarter with a one-point lead with a score of 13-12.

Seconds into the second quarter turnover to the Bulldogs gave #23 Tanaya Cecil the ball. Cecil passed to her teammate #5 Elise Coons to attempted a shot. She missed by an inch and the rebound went to #13 Aziah Campbell who took it back to Cecil for a three-pointer. 

Seven minutes into the second quarter another turnover landed the ball back in Dunbar’s possession. Campbell takes a shot that is just short of the basketball but she secured the rebound and put up a shot for the home team. 

The ball found itself down the court on the Cardinals offensive side but a missed shot left an opening for Dunbar to gain possession. Struggling to remain in possession, #12 DelTarria Jackson is called for traveling. Scott County threw in the ball and almost immediately scored their first three-pointer of the quarter. Del came back to redeem herself and picks up a dropped ball and makes a layup for her team. 

Scott County can’t get the ball to move to their side and Dunbar continued to play an offensive quarter. With Coons in possession of the ball, a foul was called on the Cardinals putting Coons on the free throw line where she went two for two, making the score 22-14 Dunbar with only five minutes left before the half.

The game didn’t slow down; Scott County got called for an out of bounds protection after missing a three. Dunbar took the ball down the court and took a shot putting three more points on the board for the Bulldogs. With the ball still in Dunbar’s hands, #42 Hailey Gadd took a shot that fell right into the hands of a Scott County defender that ran it back and makes a shot. 

The teams took back to back free throws, Scott County making both and Dunbar making one of the two. After a missed free throw, Scott County secured the ball, taking it back for a three-pointer. The Cardinals slowly gained on the Bulldogs and closed the gap between the two teams leaving the score 26-24, with Dunbar barely in the lead. 

Scott County wasted no time trying to even out the score and played an aggressive rest of the quarter. Dunbar took two free throws with fifteen seconds left on the clock for the third quarter. The Cardinals moved the ball towards their basket and make a shot with seven seconds left, almost tying the score. 

The energy from both teams and the student section going into the last quarter is intense. The Cardinals and the Bulldogs were both ready to bring their A-game and come out on top at the end of the game. 

Eager to put more space between the teams, Cecil pushed through Scott County defenders getting fouled on after completing her jump shot, sending her to the line for free throws. Still nervous about the closeness of the game, Dunbar started to be more aggressive but Scott County missed both free throws after being fouled by a forceful attack by Dunbar. 

Back in possession of the ball, Campbell broke down a defender to make a shot. Dunbar doesn’t let the ball out of their sight, they put up another three-pointer giving them an almost ten-point lead. A time out was called by Scott County.

#2 Carly Hinshaw took the ball out of the hands of a Scott County player running it back and taking a completely open shot, setting the Dawg Pound on fire. Campbell did the same thing minutes later but missed it after falling out of bounds.

Scott County had back to back threes putting them close behind the Bulldogs. Dunbar’s offense was slow while the Cardinals’ were picking up. After a struggle, Cecil secured the ball passing it to Coons who fell back to the floor fighting for possession with a Scott County defender.

With two minutes left in the game, the two teams went back and forth until the score is tied 47 to 47. Dunbar called for a timeout to collect themselves and game plan for the last minute of the game. Back on the court, Coons plowed through her opponent, making a basket and putting them in the lead.

Scott County made a layup as the buzzer sounded tying the score 49 to 49. As she completed the shot she was fouled. #4 from Scott County stands alone on the line to take the last free throw, and shot, of the game, winning it for her team.