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Durfee Girls Qualify for State Tournament

Nathan Carvalho '13

Staff Reporter

February 1, 2013

 

People say defense is the best offense, and in Durfee's case, they were right. Coming into their 14th game of the season, all the Lady Toppers had to do was defeat Dartmouth in order to clinch an early state tournament spot. With a lot of defense, and some sharp counter attacks, the Hilltoppers did just that, defeating the Indians with a score of 39-24 on Tuesday night.

Durfee, having lost by five points the last time they faced off with the Indians, had much to prove on their home court. They did not waste any time, starting off the game extremely well by taking an early lead. The Toppers  pressed hard on their side of the court, forcing the Indians to commit turnover after turnover in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers looked on point and very impressive, with the quarter ending 15-5 in favor of Durfee. The Indians attempted to come out hot in the second quarter, but Durfee quickly put them out by continuing their run after a Brianna Camara 3-pointer rallied the crowd.

Things just went from bad to worse for Dartmouth, showing no real sign of a comeback as Durfee continued their romp. Durfee's defense proved to be too much for the Indians. The Toppers shut them down, allowing them to only score 24 points in the game. By playing great defense the Toppers limited Dartmouth to the lowest amount of points they have scored all season.

 

Aside from Durfee's defense, several players shined on offense. Sophomore J'lynn Jackson sparkled on the court with smart passing and unique dribbling to get by several Dartmouth defenders. Another player who played well was senior captain Tara McCann who also had an outstanding game.

As the final buzzer sounded, the Hilltoppers celebrated not only another victory, but an MIAA Division 1 State Tournament spot. With 6 games remaining, Durfee improved to 10-4 for the season (2-0 Big 3), and are looking to secure a high seed in this year's tournament.