Christopher Dock edges Jenkintown
Christopher Dock’s comeback win over Jenkintown is proof that sometimes all a team has to do is keep it close for three quarters and anything can happen in the fourth.
“Once again we come down to a close game in the fourth quarter and struggle offensively,” Jenkintown coach Jim Romano said. “I know the kids can score, it’s just something that we need to overcome. I think it’s more mental than physical.”
Christopher Dock was down virtually the whole game until a big final period sparked a 3228 win over the Lady Drakes at Jenkintown. Despite Emma Dorshimer going off for 19 points, Dock never let Jenkintown out of its sight and punished them for it in the end, outscoring their opponents 10-5 in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.
“This year is a scrappy version of our team,” Dock coach Tim Ehst said. “Sometimes we have trouble putting the ball in the basket, but tonight we were able to contain Dorshimer and their penetration to the basket.”
The opening quarter showcased solid defense, but abysmal shooting on both sides. Often racing from end to end trying to create transition points, neither team ever settled down to run plays. Dorshimer led the Lady Drakes, scoring all six of their points in the period. The poor quarter resulted in a 6-6 tie heading into the second.
The next eight minutes weren’t much better. Dock only managed one field goal, a three-pointer by Shea Neal, and again only managed six points in the quarter as a team. Jenkintown improved a bit, but still had trouble burying shots. Dorshimer kept the offense moving though, scoring another five points to add to her total. Both teams went into the much-needed break trying figure out how to turn around their scoring woes. The Lady Drakes took a two-point lead into halftime.
Dock came out ready to play in the third. Lauren Anderson led her team’s 10-point quarter with four points, and even gave Dock a two-point lead at one point. However, four big points off the bench from Jenkintown’s Sarah Owens and five more points from Dorshimer gave the Lady Drakes the lead back before the final whistle, putting them up 23-22 before the final period.
“Emma had a great night, be we can’t just rely on her,” Romano said. “I feel like sometimes we sit back and watch her play. If we are going to win, we have to score more as a team.”
Conventional wisdom says if you don’t hit your free throws down the stretch, you won’t win the basketball game, but Dock was not a victim of that. Despite going 4 of 11 from the charity stripe in the fourth, Dock managed to score 10 points, including four of Lanae Hunsburger’s seven total points. The Lady Drakes shot poorly once again and could not be saved by Dorshimer, no matter how hard she tried. At the end of the day one player doesn’t win a game, team does and Dock had the better team effort to come out on top.
“We have to play as a team because we don’t have one person who can just take over,” Ehst said. “We wanted to distribute the ball evenly and score. I think this is a very significant confidence builder. To come down here and win at their place definitely gives us confidence.”