Dunbar girls basketball rip National Academy, 65-10

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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.

Dunbar forward Julia Gunthrop knocks the ball away from a NAF ballhandler during the Lady Poets’ 65-10 win last Tuesday. (Photo by Jason Butt)

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

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