Riding senior center Damisha Hazelton’s 16 points, the Dunbar girls’ basketball team posted another win against the National Academy Foundation Dec. 13, cruising to a 65-10 win.
Hazleton led the way for the Lady Poets off the bench, dominating the play inside. In the fourth quarter of the rout, Hazleton scored 12 of Dunbar’s 14 points.Hazleton, a transfer from St. Timothy, said her last two games weren’t up to her usual standard. She said she was hoping to put forth a better effort against NAF and that is exactly what she did.
“I decided it was time for a change in the way I’ve been playing because of the pride that I have in my game,” Hazleton said.
The Lady Poets started strong and never looked back. They began the game on a 16-0 run before NAF scored its first bucket. In the final 35 seconds of the opening quarter, forwards Shy’kierra Cannon and Brianna Lawson scored to extend Dunbar’s lead to 20-2.
The second quarter is when Hazleton got going, scoring the period’s first four points to give the Lady Poets a 24-2 lead. The Screaming Eagles added a free throw at the 4:22 mark of the quarter, but that was all the scoring they’d do in the first half. Up 24-3, the Lady Poets reeled off 19 points in a row.
Guard Shamar Prilliman began the run with a bucket, which was followed by baskets scored by Lawson, Cannon and guard Kahla McIver. After forward Brockington score a bucket, Prilliman drained a 3-pointer from the left wing. McIver, Prilliman and and guard Sierra Johnson scored the next six points in a row to give the Lady Poets a 43-3 halftime advantage.
“We’re bonding together,” Dunbar coach Wardell Selby said. “We were blessed to win a state championship last year. I have to keep them humble, I have to stay humble. All of us are humble. We can’t be cocky and take things for granted.”
The Lady Poets are trying for a repeat run at a state title with seven returning players (three of those starters) from last year’s team. The Lady Poets’ biggest loss from last season’s unit was 6-3 center Oma-ah Tayong, who’s playing college ball at LaSalle.
Selby’s hoping to make up Tayong’s production with Hazleton added to the mix.
“You can’t replace 6-3 but if (Hazleton) gives me a little bit and someone else can give me a little bit, then we can get it done,” Selby said.
by Jason Butt