Dodson The Spark

SHS Beats Broadway For C-29 Title, 63-44

Posted: February 22, 2014

SHS senior forward Tayler Dodson fights for position with two Broadway defenders on Friday. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Tayler Dodson dribbled the ball near half-court as the scoreboard clock at Monticello High School moved toward zero.

It was fitting that Dodson would be the one with the ball in her hands at the end of the game; she did everything else for the Spotswood High School girls’ basketball team Friday night.

The Division I-bound senior forward used an effective jump stop to score a game-high 21 points and spark the Trailblazers from an 11-point deficit to a 63-44 victory over Broadway in the Conference 29 tournament championship game.

“I think this is great for us,” Dodson said. “We played two tough games; we had two teams who played us really well. The score tonight, by the end, didn’t really show that, but in the first half they were up by 10 or 15, and they played us great, and I think that this is a huge win.”

SHS (23-1) now will host Rustburg in the first round of the 3A West regional tournament Monday. The Gobblers (19-4) will travel to Brookville, also on Monday, for their first regional-tournament game. For a while Monday, it looked like they would be the ones hosting.

BHS led from the start, building a 25-14 advantage with 3:25 to go in the second quarter thanks to an aggressive defense and capitalizing on numerous SHS turnovers.

“The big thing was we were scoring,” said Broadway coach Bobby Mongold, whose team opened the game on a 7-0 run. “We were attacking on offense and scoring. But, like I said, I just think our energy was much better and we were relaxed and loose, and then when they made their run, we didn’t really respond.”

The Trailblazers, who won a state title last season, put out a small and speedy lineup, and with it, switched to an odd-front press that spurred their rally. Then Dodson took over.

The George Mason recruit scored 13 of her 21 points in the first half, and 10 in a span of 6 minutes, 51 seconds from the second to the third quarter — the last of which gave the Blazers their first lead of the game.

After getting fouled on a jump stop under the basket (she made the shot), Dodson’s subsequent free throw put SHS up 35-34 with 4:00 left in the third quarter. She said the violence of the jump stop wasn’t anything she was taught.

“It’s kind of just me,” Dodson said. “It’s my mentality. ‘I’m going to get you.’ They’re going to hang all over me if I don’t, so you’ve got hit them in the mouth and see what happens. The ref told me yesterday I wasn’t going to get any fouls called on that move because he can’t tell who was creating the contact.”

Broadway reclaimed the lead 25 seconds later on a basket underneath by Brianna Zook, but it didn’t last. McKenzie Jenkins gave SHS the lead for good at the 3:15 mark on a layup off a turnover.

“I thought the play of McKenzie Jenkins all night long was huge,” SHS coach Chris Dodson said. “We’ve been telling her she needs to be a bigger part of this, and I thought offensively, defensively, she didn’t turn the ball over — she played great.”

From there, the Trailblazers rolled, building a 19-point lead, which was stretched in the fourth quarter by Elizabeth Dofflemyer, who scored 11 of her 17 points in the period.

“Tayler was out because of fouls, so someone had to lead,” said Dofflemyer, a junior guard. “So I just got the ball and calmed everybody down, just scored, did my thing.”

BROADWAY

Alger 3 0-0 7, MacDonald 3 0-0 6, Funkhouser 2 3-4 8, Zook 6 4-8 16, Repko 2 0-1 4, Delawder 0 1-2 1, Earhart 0 2-2 2. Totals: 16 10-17 44.

SPOTSWOOD

Patterson 1 1-2 3, Lindsay 1 0-0 2, Dofflemyer 8 0-1 17, Lam 2 0-0 4, Dodson 9 3-5 21, Jenkins 3 0-0 6, DeLucas 3 0-0 7, Houlbrooke 1 2-2 3. Totals: 28 6-10 63.

Broadway   17 10  11 6  — 44

Spotswood 12 14 16 21 — 63

3-point field goals—Broadway 2 (Alger, Funkhouser), Spotswood 2 (Dofflemyer, DeLucas). Total fouls—Broadway 12, Spotswood 11.