Dos­sett’s 3 car­ries Ea­gles

Se­nior guard’s late bas­ket sends Cen­ten­nial to sec­ond close tri­umph of the week

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - VARSITY - By Brent Kennedy

Cen­ten­nial put the ball in the hands of one of its se­nior lead­ers and asked her to make a play in a tie game with time run­ning down in the fourth quar­ter Satur­day against Atholton.

With a step-back 3-pointer in the fi­nal sec­onds, Jor­dan Dos­sett an­swered the call.

The bas­ket by the Ea­gles’ guard ended up as the clinch­ing points in a 47-44 vic­tory, giv­ing Cen­ten­nial (7-7, 4-6 Howard County) its sec­ond win this week in a game de­cided by six points or less.

“I just stepped back and let my prac­tice flow to the game,” said Dos­sett, who fin­ished with seven points. “I had a very de­layed re­ac­tion. I’m not sure I knew what was go­ing on, but I was very ex­cited when the team came out. I was like ‘guys we did it, this is our even .500 and this is the mo­men­tum we needed.’

“I felt elated … I’ve never done that be­fore.”

Cen­ten­nial coach Rob Slopek said the ini­tial play call while in­bound­ing from the base­line was to look for a layup. When that didn’t ma­te­ri­al­ize, the plan was to spread the floor and al­low one of the team’s most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to cre­ate some­thing.

“We told Jor­dan in the time­out, it was go­ing to be her shot … so for her to be able to hit that with the clock tick­ing down, she showed the con­fi­dence of a se­nior,” Slopek said. “It re­ally un­folded how we wanted it to go and, for us, this def­i­nitely could be one we look back on as a mo­men­tum­build­ing win.”

While Dos­sett hit the game-win­ning shot, Cen­ten­nial got pro­duc­tion from a num­ber of dif­fer­ent play­ers through­out the game. Six dif­fer­ent play­ers fin­ished with at least six points, in­clud­ing a team-high 10 points apiece from Tori Pear­son and Olivia Reese.

Even the team’s usual lead­ing scorer Rasa Welsh, who was held to just six points, found ways to con­trib­ute in other ways with team highs of 11 re­bounds, six as­sists and three blocks.

As it turned out, the Ea­gles needed ev­ery sin­gle one of those con­tri­bu­tions to out­last an Atholton team that bat­tled back from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter to take the lead, 42-41, with 90 sec­onds re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion. The Raiders, who were led on the af­ter­noon by 12 points apiece from Alex Har­grett and Sarah Sowah, were try­ing to build on a two-point vic­tory over Mar­riotts Ridge ear­lier in the week.

Ul­ti­mately, how­ever, Dos­sett spoiled those as­pi­ra­tions.

“You have to give Cen­ten­nial credit, that was a heck of a shot that she made at the end of the game,” Atholton coach Ju­lia Reynold said. “But we also know that it wasn’t just one shot that lost it for us. There are a cou­ple things lead­ing up to that play that we can im­prove on, mak­ing our foul shots and some bet­ter shot selec­tion. Over­all, though, I thought we did a great job of fight­ing through what was def­i­nitely a game of runs. We gave our­selves a real chance there at the end.”

Af­ter a tight open­ing quar­ter, it was Atholton that threat­ened to break things open in the early stages of the sec­ond quar­ter. The Raiders put to­gether an 11-0 run, punc­tu­ated by a Har­grett 3-pointer with 4:26 left be­fore half­time, to take their largest lead of the game at 21-12.

Cen­ten­nial closed the gap be­fore in­ter­mis­sion, but Atholton still took a 25-23 lead into the break. C — Pear­son 10, Reese 10, An­der­son 7, Dos­sett 7, Molz 7, Welsh 6.

A — A. Har­grett 12, Sowah 12, Per­lin 7, Can­non 6, Blair 6, M. Har­grett 1. Half: 25-23 A.

NI­COLE MUNCHEL/BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

Atholton's Mia Har­grett is de­fended along the base­line by Cen­ten­nial's Brook An­der­son in Satur­day af­ter­noon’s game.

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