Dodson Nets 20 In 60-41 Victory
Posted: February 23, 2013
LYNCHBURG — Tayler Dodson’s height is dependent on who’s measuring. The Spotswood High School junior forward said she can be 6-foot — if the right doctor is manning the ruler.
Saturday night against undersized Brookville, let’s just say she was tall enough.
Dodson scored a game-high 20 points and helped key a big run to start the second half, as Spotswood — thanks to a relentless defense led by Rachel Lindsay — rolled over the Bees, 60-41, for its third regional girls’ basketball championship in four seasons.
“I don’t know; I think our pressure happened to throw the ball into my hands in good spots to score,” said Dodson, a Division I prospect. “When they stole it, I just happened to be the one cutting down the floor for three or four times in a row. I think it was more just our pressure.”
The confluence of pressure and emphasizing their height advantage helped the Valley District champion Blazers win a program-record 26th game to improve to 26-1 and clinch the Region III, Division 3 title after losing in the regional semifinals last season.
"It was a major focus coming in beacuse of their size," Spotswood coach Chris Dodson said of his team's height advantage. "It became even more of a focus once we got here and walked through their shootaround and saw really how small they were."
Both SHS and Seminole District runner-up Brookville (18-7) have qualified for the D-3 state tournament, and the Blazers will play the winner of Patrick County and Richlands in the quarterfinals. Patrick County and Richlands play Monday.
“It felt great,” Lindsay said of the title. “We deserved it. We had some unfinished business from last year.”
Lindsay, a 5-5 junior guard, scored 13 points, hitting three of SHS’s six 3-pointers. But her biggest contribution came on the defensive end, where she locked down Brookville standout Anitra Thomas, holding the 5-5 guard to just nine points and two field goals.
Chris Dodson described Lindsay as “underestimated,” while the Blazers held Brookville to single-digit points in three of four quarters, and no BHS players finished with double-figure points. The Bees also seemed to turn it over almost every other trip down the floor.
“We knew they didn’t handle the ball great, and they were faster than most teams, so we thought we could stay in front of them and make them handle it,” Chris Dodson said. “We could really take them out of what they did. I thought we did a really good job of that.”
Senior guard Bailey Williams added 16 points for Spotswood, which opened the game on a 14-3 run. The Bees, though, fought back after switching to a momentum-squashing zone and cut what had been a 13-point SHS lead to just three with 3:51 left in the second half.
“In the first quarter, we had them breathing and bending over,” Chris Dodson said. “And then [Brookville coach] Warner [Dyke] did a great job of dropping to that 1-3-1 zone, changing the pace of the game. He did a nice job of slowing it up and really affected the tempo there for a little bit.”
Eventually, though, the Trailblazers figured it out. They opened the second half on a 15-2 run to put the game away, taking a 45-25 lead with 5:05 to go in the third quarter. Spotswood would lead by as many as 22 with 1:14 left.
“I think after [Coach] Dodson talked to us and told us to just move the ball more and work more as a team, I think, in the second half, we just came out and moved the ball really well and worked together better than in the first half,” Lindsay said.
After the 15-2 run, Brookville never got closer than 15 points, and the Trailblazers cruised to the regional championship. They are one win away from a trip to state final four in Richmond.
"I really thought we broke their back there a little bit in the third quarter, got so many easy layups and got them in transition," Chris Dodson said. "And then once they did break our press, we got them to make quick shots, which allowed us to rebound and run.”
Williams 6 2-5 16, Lindsay 5 0-0 13, Dofflemyer 3 0-0 7, Dodsoon 8 4-9 20, Propes 1 1-1 3, McGloon 0 1-2 1. Totals 23 8-17 60.
BROOKVILLEBarksdale 3 0-0 6, Graves 2 4-7 9, Moyer 1 0-0 2, Thomas 2 4-6 9, Hayes 2 0-0 4, Marshall 1 0-0 2, Jeffries 3 0-2 7, Rosser 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 8-15 41.
Spotswood 20 10 19 11 — 60
Brookville 9 14 9 9 — 41
3-Point Goals—Spotswood 6 (Lindsay 3, Williams 2, Dofflemyer 1), Brookville 3 (Graves, Jeffries, Thomas). Fouled Out—none. Total Fouls—Spotswood 14, Brookville 14.