Dublin girls' Varsity basketball traveled to Beverly, MA, for an early-season tournament at Landmark School on December 1. The Wildcats' first matchup was against a solid Covenant Christian team. Six first-half points from Josie Switzer '21 gave Dublin a brief lead, but Covenant rallied to take an advantage into the locker room. Mia Fantauzzi '22 tried to rally her team with some clutch shooting in the second half, but despite excellent defensive pressure in the closing minutes, Dublin was never able to fully seize control, losing by a score of 36-31. Fantauzzi lead the way offensively with 19 points, Kusum Aryal '21 added 4, and Celeste Hopson '20 added a buzzer-beating basket.
With only 40 minutes to collect themselves, the Wildcats were back on the floor against Landmark. Fatigue played a role early on, as Dublin shooters started the game ice-cold, collecting only three field goals in the first half, and Landmark pulled away steadily for a 45-26 victory. Foul trouble left Fantauzzi on the bench for much of the second half, while other bench players gave a much-needed lift, especially Harniqua Bodie '22, Almesha Duhart '22, and Emily Blieberg '21, all of whom grabbed big rebounds against a physical Landmark squad. Kusum Aryal '21 led the team in scoring with 11 points (9-10 from the free-throw stripe), while Fantauzzi had 8 points and Tatiyana Dunkers '19 had 3.
Dublin hits the road again on Wednesday, December 5, to take on Winchendon at 5 pm.