Lady Blues defeat Val D’or 71-64 at home

Winners of five if the last six, Dawson moves up to third place

Dawson’s Women’s AA basketball team managed to beat the Val D’Or Météores71-64 at home last Sunday after a close scare in the fourth quarter.

The game started out with the Météoresscoring a quick basket on their opening possession, as they attempted to set the pace of the game early on.

In spite of Val D’Or’s quick start, the Lady Blues were able to effectively penetrate the Météoresdefence, which was highlighted by Mara Sokol-Rubenstein’s three-pointer which tied the game up at 18 with two minutes left in the opening quarter.

The Lady Blues began to dominate the game early in the second quarter, as they dominated the backboards and improved their court communication. Although they committed few clumsy fouls, which could have given Val d’Or the opportunity to take the lead, The Blues kept piling up the points, by constantly forcing turnovers.

As Dawson took a 37-32 lead at halftime, it was evident that the Météoresspirits were crushed and their focus was broken. This lack of motivation was highlighted by the Lady Blues’ ability to continuously make basket after basket.

With Dawson holding on to a narrow low, Val D’Or shot the ball aimlessly, only completing a handful of their field goal attempts.

While the Météoreswere clearly overmatched, Dawson was able to score 19 more points in the quarter giving them a 56-46 lead heading into the game’s final quarter.

“We had no intensity,’’ said Val D’Or’s head coach Patrick Lavoie.

Although Dawson had managed to achieve a 10 point lead by the fourth quarter, they had also managed to accumulate enough fouls to put the Val D’Or in bonus, giving the Météores multiple chances to score easy points with every foul that the Blues committed.

The Météores took advantage of the Lady Blues’ fouls, four clutch free throw opportunities which allowed them to tie up the game 64-64 in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Blues did everything in their power to secure the lead, with Mekeda Mitchell-Best hitting a clutch two pointer that was followed by a solid three point shot by Rebecca De Sanctis which sealed the Lady Blues’ victory with a score of 71-64.

“We were pretty consistent and we caught up,” said Rebecca De Sanctis.  “Near the end we caught up and took it back.’’

“They wanted it bad,” said head coach Sharon Sandy. “They lost their focus but they wanted it bad.”

As the Lady Blues’ next game takes them to St-Jerome on Feb. 19 where they will face the second ranked Cheminots.

‘’We just gotta keep working hard as a team and believing in each other and we’ll make regionals,’’ said Sandy.

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