Athens Brushes By N-Y On The Road

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The Athens Lady Bulldogs paid a visit to Nelsonville-York’s gymnasium on Thursday, Dec. 11 and used a strong third quarter run to steal a 55-38 win over the Lady Buckeyes.


The Lady Bulldogs (2-3) came in with a losing record but they didn’t play like a sub-.500 team. The game started off evenly with both teams trading baskets for the majority of the first half. 


But it was the Lady Bucks who dominated the boards in the first quarter, which led to numerous second-chance buckets. A major reason for the discrepancy was the absence of Athens’ junior forward Rachel Gilkey, which was largely due to her first half foul trouble. 


But that only fueled senior guard Dominique Doseck, as she took complete control of the game. She was doing it all for Athens, whether it was throwing a pass the full length of the court, spotting up for 3-pointers five feet behind the line or battling down low on the boards.


And after a hard-fought first half, the Lady Bulldogs went into the locker room with a 21-19 lead. 


Doseck ended the first half with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists, while NY’s senior forward Madison Davis went into the locker room with six points, two rebounds and one assist.


But from then on it was the Lady Bulldogs show.


Athens came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs felt Gilkey’s presence immediately, as she provided a huge spark down low.


Unlike the first half, the Lady Bulldogs began to dominate the post and outrebounded the Lady Bucks 10-7 in the second half. 


Davis went cold only scoring two points in the final two quarters. Athens finished the third quarter on a 12-0 run, taking a commanding 38-25 lead and capping off a 17-6 third quarter. The Lady Bulldogs would not look back from there as they continued to pile it on in the final quarter.


Doseck finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals. Gilkey complemented her with 13 points and four rebounds.


Another key to the win was the Lady Bulldogs’ senior guard Olivia Harris, who went 3-3 from the field in the second half and totaled 10 points, six rebounds and two assists. 


It was a disappointing showing for the Lady Buckeyes, who fell apart in the second half after turning the ball over 10 times in the final 16 minutes.


Both teams travel to Wellston this weekend to take part in the Rockets Invitational.