Photo by Jason Mussell
Dutchtown center Kamera Harris (right) goes up for one of her six blocked shots in the Lady Bulldogs’ 60-35 victory over Riverdale Tuesday.
HAMPTON — Dutchtown senior Domonique Clune scored a game-high 23 points, including the team’s first 11 of the second quarter, to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 60-35 victory over Riverdale Tuesday night.
The game pitted two teams that have gotten off to fairly strong starts, with the Bulldogs coming in riding a four-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Riverdale has gone 2-2 in its last four contests, but included in those are a pair of two-point losses to Pebblebrook and Drew.
Both teams traded buckets for much of the first quarter, with Riverdale looking to establish its post presence early on. Point guard Toni Thomas fed forward Seqoia Nelson in the paint for four straight points, causing Dutchtown coach April Tate to call an early timeout to help her team regroup.
And regroup they did. Down 6-4 coming out of the timeout, the Bulldogs rattled off six straight buckets punctuated by a Kivanna Kudratt three pointer that helped Dutchtown to a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
That’s when Clune caught fire, drilling back-to-back three-pointers, a three point play and a scoring on a strong putback of her own missed shot. By the time Clune’s scoring barrage was done, Dutchtown (5-2) had stretched out to a 28-18 lead just before halftime.
It was the defense which paced the Bulldogs the rest of the way as Riverdale could only manage two points on a lone Thomas layup with 2:24 left in the third quarter. Thomas had 11 points to lead the Raiders.
Dutchtown’s win increased their winning streak to five heading into Friday’s game at Griffin while Riverdale (4-3) will look to regroup against Stockbridge.