The Dublin Varsity girls' basketball team hosted Stoneleigh-Burnham in the RVAL championship game Thursday night. This was the sixth championship match-up between these two teams, and every time Stoneleigh has come out on top, until Thursday. Dublin started the year with the motto "Our Team, Our Time," and that is how they played this game.
Both teams came out fired up and exchanged baskets in the first minutes of the game. Dublin then settled into its game, slowing Stoneleigh's offense and finding their own open shots. For co-captain Sabrina Hayden '17 this was her fourth time seeing SBS in this game, and she knew this was go to be her team's year, ending the first half with 10 points and a 15 point lead. However, the Stoneleigh-Burnham girls were not going to go down without a fight, and they chipped away at Dublin's lead.
In the final minutes of the game, the two teams traded the lead until a foul shot tied it up. In the last seconds of the game Dublin put the ball in co-captian Stella Davis's hand, but she was not able to finish the layup in traffic, sending the game into overtime. Overtime started much the same way the game started, Dublin and SBS exchanging baskets. With minutes left, Hayden drew a foul and made 1 of her free throws. Due to a strong defensive effort, Dublin got the ball back, and Hayden hit a 3-pointer putting the game out of SBS's reach.
This was, however, a team effort. Outsized by Stoneleigh, Dublin's forwards, Shaneil Wynter '17, Katia Dermott ' 17, Amani Natson '18, and Clare Fowler '17, fought for every rebound. Fowler also had her best offensive game of the season with 9 points, including a big 3-pointer. Dublin's guards worked together to shake Stoneleigh's smothering defense and find open looks. They combined for 40 of Dublin's 53 points: Sabrina Hayden ended the game with a season high 20 points, Davis 10 points, and Bette Imhoff '18 10 points.
The team would also like to thank their family and friends who came out and cheered them on to victory.