Christo­pher Dock edges Jenk­in­town

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - SPORTSROUNDUP - By Nick Iuele

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.”

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