Photo by Heather Middleton
By Doug Gorman
The Dutchtown Bulldogs' fourth-quarter comeback effort fell just short Friday night against Griffin.
Trailing 42-36 at the end of the third period, Dutchtown whittled away at the Bears' lead a couple of times during the final stanza, but could never overcome their guest from Spalding County.
In the end, Griffin escaped with a 59-54 victory, handing the Bulldogs just their third Region 3A-AAAA loss of the season.
Dutchtown dropped to 10-12 overall and 8-3 in league play. Griffin improved to 7-10 overall and 5-6 in league play.
Both teams started the game with some cold shooting early as the Bears built a 13-9 lead at end of the first quarter and pushed it to 26-18 at the break.
The Bears pulled away from the Bulldogs thanks to the 3-point shooting of Quendarious Williams, who connected on three of the long-range shots in the first period.
Dutchtown also relied on the 3-point shot to help stay in the game, hitting seven treys despite the loss.
Griffin pushed the lead to 10 points late in the third quarter before the Bulldogs cut back down to seven. Jalen Blye added the final points of the third period for the Bulldogs.
Kellan Holiday had the hot hand for the Bulldogs throughout the game finishing with four 3-pointers. His trey late in the fourth period cut the lead to 58-54, but it was the last time the Bulldogs scored.
Blye led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Rodney Brown added 11 including one from beyond the 3-point mark.
Williams led the way for Griffin with 13.
Griffin 59, Dutchtown 54 (girls): The Dutchtown Lady Bulldogs led at the end of the first half and again at the end of the third period Friday night in their region game against visiting Griffin.
Just not when it counted, at the end of the contest, as Griffin won the game 59-54.
The Lady Bulldogs can blame Griffin's Miya Clemons for the loss. The Lady Bears' point guard scored most of her team's points, ending the night with a stellar 40-point performance. Her offensive display including hitting 6 3-point shots.
The Lady Bulldogs did some sharp shooting of their own as they also hit six 3-pointers.
Dutchtown tried to take control of the game early, jumping out to an 8-0 lead, but that's when Clemons starting heating up.
Her three 3-point shots helped Griffin rally to tied the game at 14 heading into the second quarter.
Dutchtown pushed the lead to 28-26 at the break and led 41-40 at the end of the third quarter, setting the stage for the wild fourth quarter.
After trying to chase down the Lady Bulldogs most of the game, Griffin took the lead early in the final period on a basket by Clemons.
Griffin outscored Dutchtown 19-13 in the final eight minutes.
The Lady Bears improve their record to 12-8 overall and 6-5 in the league. Dutchtown falls to .500 overall at 11-11 and below .500 in league play at 5-6.