Posted: Saturday, 09 February 2013 12:40AM

Dora sweeps doubleheader at NCA




New Covenant Academy was closing in on victory against Dora on Friday night. The Warriors led by seven points with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

But a series of NCA turnovers and a clutch 3-pointer from Dora senior Dustin Johnson gave the Falcons a second life. Dora pushed the game into overtime, where it scored just four points, but that was enough to claim a 73-71 victory.

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“I thought our defensive pressure really stepped up,” said Dora coach Rick Luna. “They missed a few throws, which gave us an opening. Then, Dustin Johnson comes down and knocks down a huge 3-pointer.”

NCA went scoreless in the final 3:15 of regulation. The Warriors also committed turnovers on three straight possessions in the final 1:30.

Leading by three points with 24 seconds to go, NCA missed two free throws. On its ensuing possession, Dora missed a layup but got the offensive rebound and kicked it out to Johnson for the game-tying trey with 14 seconds remaining.

NCA would then draw a foul, but again come up 0-for-2 at the free throw line with five seconds remaining. Dora couldn’t get off a game-winning shot attempt before time expired in regulation.

Free throws were a problem for both teams. The Warriors were 11-for-26. Dora wasn’t much better, shooting 14-for-27.

“If we knock down more free throws, we probably win the game and not even have to go to overtime,” said NCA coach Mike Foley.

“We usually shoot (free throws) a lot better,” Luna said. “We had a rough night there. That’s not typical of us.”

The teams went scoreless for the first two minutes of overtime then traded a pair of free throws to tie the game 71-71. Dora’s Treysen Hambelton then followed his own missed alley-oop layup with a short putback to give the Falcons the 73-71 lead with less than 1:30 to go.

Dora led by two with possession in the final 20 seconds, but a turnover gave the ball back to NCA.

The Warriors couldn’t get much of an open look with nine seconds left. Sam Lincoln’s rushed 3-pointer was no good as the final horn sounded.

Foley wouldn’t say his team let a win slip away, instead pointing out that the Warriors got back into the game after trailing by eight points at halftime.

“We certainly didn’t do a good job of closing the game, but I was proud of the way we got back into it and took the lead,” he said.

Aiding the Warriors was a defensive decision to go box-and-one on Hambelton, who led Dora with 19 points.

“That’s the first time a team has gone box-and-one on us with Hambelton,” Luna said. “It caught us a bit off-guard.”

The Warriors are the No. 4 seed for the Class 2, District 11 tournament and play host school Spokane at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Dora has the most wins (19) in its district but is seeded fourth. The Falcons play Norwood in the Class 2, District 10 tournament hosted by Mansfield at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 19.

Dora 73, New Covenant 71
Dora 21 21 11 16 4 --- 73
NCA 19 15 26 9 2 --- 71

Dora – Treysen Hambelton 19, Gavin Haney 18, Dustin Johnson 18, Kamryn Johnson 10, Hayden Hunter 3, Tommy McKee 3, Matt Rodgers 2
NCA – Jarred Schrader 21, Chace Smartt 21, Austin Cassity 11, Sam Lincoln 9, Joshua James 5, Corey Weimer 2, Aaron Battaglia 2

Dora B 50, NCA B 29


Lady Falcons roll to victory

Dora’s suffocating full-court defense made all the difference in a 39-point road win at New Covenant on Friday night.

Shelby Collins scored a game-high 29 points as Dora picked up its program-best 20th win of the season, beating the Lady Warriors 73-34.

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“We get up and down the court,” said Dora coach Cecil Meyer. “We get up and guard a little bit, we run the floor. We’ve got a real athletic group that can do that, and shoot the ball well.”

Dora (20-6 overall) led 21-8 after the first quarter and by 17 at halftime. Its full-court defense often created turnovers before New Covenant could get the ball across the half court line.

Casey Askins led NCA (13-9 overall) with 13 points. Kelsi Land added 13 points for Dora, which had nine players register points in the game.

“I thought we settled a little bit shooting the 3 there in the second quarter when they went man,” Meyer said. “I felt like we could get some stuff going to the basket. For the most part, we did a good job.”

Dora is the No. 2 seed for the Class 2, District 10 tournament in Mansfield. The Lady Falcons play Fordland in the quarterfinals on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

New Covenant (14-9 overall) is the No. 6 seed for the Class 2, District 11 tournament in Spokane. The Lady Warriors play No. 3 seed Morrisville on Feb. 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Dora 73, New Covenant 34
Dora 21 15 23 14 --- 73
NCA 8 11 11 4 --- 34

Dora – Shelby Collins 29, Kelsi Land 13, Jordan Smith 8, Shelby Harris 7, Lexi York 7, Cheyanna Miller 3, Samantha Jackson 2, Monica Kelley 2, Laiken Collins 2
NCA – Casey Askins 13, Holly Golden 10, Bailey Gardner 6, Emma Clark 2, Karlee Renkoski 2, Emma Petree 1


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