The Dover Bay Dolphins gained some experience playing a pressure situation.
The school’s senior AAA girls’ basketball team won its own tournament on the weekend, defeating the Walnut Grove Gators in Saturday’s final on a buzzer-beater shot, 57-56.
The Dolphins had defeated the Gators earlier in the tournament, but trailed the final all the way before narrowing the gap in the fourth quarter. As the final seconds ticked off, Dover’s Madison Rushton got off one final shot.
“Literally it went through the mesh as the buzzer went, so it was pretty entertaining,” said Dale Nicks, coach of the Dolphins.
Jamie Bassett was Dover Bay’s top scorer in the final with 19 points.
Earlier, the Dolphins defeated the Isfeld Ice 60-34, beat the Gators 60-51 and squashed the Kwalikum Kondors 65-26. Emily Shires scored 31 points in the win over the Ice, then led her team with 21 in Friday’s meeting with the Gators. In the win over the Kondors McKenzie Nicks scored a game-high 18 points.
Dover Bay’s senior AAA boys were also in tournament action on the weekend, placing seventh at the Gary Taylor Invitational at Victoria’s Oak Bay Secondary School. The highlight for the Dolphins boys was a win Saturday versus the Lambrick Park Lions.
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