Updated Wed, Dec 4, 2013 2:19 pm
The Athens Lady Bulldogs continued their good form with a 67-53 win over the Circleville Lady Tigers on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs stumbled out of the gate, giving up the first four points of the game to Circleville, but Athens stormed back into the game with aggressive offense led by guard Dominique Doseck. Doseck knocked down three shots from beyond the arc to give the Lady Bulldogs a 12-11 lead in the first quarter.
The Lady Tigers started playing catch up from there, but Athens wouldn’t let up, as they took a commanding 18-11 lead into the second quarter.
At the 6:09 mark in the second quarter, McAfee Gymnasium fell silent as one of Circleville’s guards fell to the floor crying in pain. She walked to the sideline with a bloody mouth and would exit the game temporarily.
Rallying behind their lost guard, the Lady Tigers were given new life. They took advantage of an Athens scoring drought and tie the game at 18-18 with 5:50 left in the half.
Athens did not give in to their opponent, going on a 6-0 run and playing strong defense, as they took a 30-24 lead when the buzzer sounded for halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Bulldogs played more suffocating defense as they forced Circleville into multiple turnovers, deflected passes and jump balls.
The game slowed down with a lot of passing and fouls and not much consistent offensive production from either team.
The Lady Tigers would cut into the lead and looked dangerous in the fourth quarter, facing a 45-39 deficit. Athens turned up the heat on both ends of the court and took the game with relative ease.
Doseck led Athens with 29 points, going 6-of-10 from 3-point range, three steals, two assists and two rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs look to continue their winning streak when they take on Meigs on Thursday, Dec. 5.