Dossett’s 3 carries Eagles
Senior guard’s late basket sends Centennial to second close triumph of the week
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.
Atholton's Mia Hargrett is defended along the baseline by Centennial's Brook Anderson in Saturday afternoon’s game.