Girls Basketball at NEPSAC Championship Super Sunday

Sunday morning at the Nobles School in Dedham Massachusetts, the Dublin Lady Wildcats faced off versus the Master's School of Connecticut for the NEPSAC Class E Championship. Master's School has been one of the top teams in NEPSAC's all year, gaining the number one seed in the Class E tournament. In the New England Prep School  Athletic Conference, this Sunday has been deemed Super Sunday, as each of the division championship games happens throughout the day. 

The Master's School, lead by MVP Victoria Santiago jumped up to an early 8-3 lead over the Wildcats with a handful of offensive rebounds and second-chance points. Dublin answered right back with a 6-0 run of their own when senior Clare Fowler knocked down a pair of shots as well as tallied an assist to teammate Amani Natson. From the early moments of the game, you could see how both teams had reached the Championship. The lead would change three more times over the next five minutes, as each team continued to make play after play. After a Santiago basket and a Yellings three Master's would push their lead to seven points, 22-15 with seven minutes to play. Over the next four minutes, both teams would evenly trade baskets, maintaining the Master's lead 29-22 with 2:45 left in the first. Bette Imhoff facing tenacious defense all game, was able to get back to back baskets for the Wildcats as Dublin determinedly worked to close out the half strong. Josie Switzer after being fouled shooting a layup calmly stepped to the line and swished both free throws to cut the lead to just 1. On the very next play, Yellings gets back to the foul line for Master's and sinks both herself, now with just twenty seconds remaining. With time ticking away in the half, Clare Fowler once again finds Amani Natson for a basket, just beating the buzzer. 33-32 Master's going into the half.

Master's strikes first once again, with a big three-point field goal to start the half. Dublin answers right back to tie the game up at 36, with layups from Seo In Cho and Stella Davis.  Masters hits again from long range, as MVP Victoria Santiago starts to heat up knocking down a foul shot, followed by a tough fade away jumper from the post. For the third time this game, Clare Fowler again finds Amani Natson for an easy two-point bucket pulling the Wildcats yet again within three. Master's continues their red-hot shooting as Yelling's knocks down her teams seventh three-point field goal of the game. Stella Davis once again steps to the line for the Wildcats (3-10 FTs) and after missing her first shot was immediately met by two reassuring teammates that could sense her frustration. "It was really impressive to see the way our team stuck together today," Coach Dicruttalo said after the game. "The girls all rallied by each other and did a great job of showing what makes this team so special." Stella knocks down her very next free through, cutting the Masters lead to just 5 points with 8 minutes to play.  After another Masters basket, Dublin once again found themselves down by 6, when Bette Imhoff (8 assists) would find Josie Switzer on back to back plays to bring the Wildcats within two points. 
Yellings (22 points) and Santiago (24points)  continued to make tough shots throughout the remainder of the half on their way to claiming the NEPSAC Class E Championship. Dublin continued to play hard until the final horn sounded and showed everyone watching what they were really made of. "When Bette and Stella both fouled out with just over four minutes to play, I looked at both Captains and said we will need your leadership now more than ever. I was delighted when I would look back to our bench for the remaining four minutes of the game, that both of those young women were actively involved keeping our team together. It would have been very easy for them both to mentally check out once they fouled out, but to seem them support our underclassmen and stay engaged with the team, was a great reflection of the type of character kids we have here at Dublin."

Final Score The Master's School 72 The Dublin School 56.

Girls Varsity Basketball at NEPSAC Tournament Semifinals vs Brimmer and May School - Win (58-32) - March 3, 2018

For the first time, Dublin School lady Wildcats got the opportunity to host a NEPSAC Semi-Final basketball game. The crowd was amazing, as students, parents and local fans filled the gymnasium. Dublin would play Brimmer and May School, who knocked off three-time defending Champs Providence Country Day in the quarter finals. Dublin got off to a very hot start, moving the ball and tallying ten assists on their 14 first-half field goals. Stella Davis lead all scores with 15 of her game-high 22 points all coming in the first half. Senior Seo In Cho also proved to be red hot throughout the first scoring all of her eleven points in the opening frame, including a very rare four-point play. Dublin would take a 27- 10 lead into half time and continue to share the ball throughout the second half. Amani Natson lead the Wildcats in rebounding with ten boards, while Stella Davis, Clare Fowler and Hannah Spindler each grabbed seven a piece. Ten different Wildcats scored in a well-balanced team win over a very scrappy and well coached Brimmer and May team. Advancing back to Super Sunday has been a goal of the Wildcats all season long, and they sure played that way in the Semis.
 Final Score Dublin 58 Brimmer and May 32

The Dublin Wildcats end the regular season on a high note as they defeat Tilton's JV 51-39. 

In their last regular season game in the 2017-2018 Season the Dublin Wildcats traveled up to Tilton, NH to take on the Rams JV team during their senior night. The Wildcats have not played a game since last Friday and it took a little time throughout the first half for them to find their rhythm. Senior Stella Davis started off the game on fire, scoring 18 of her game-high 22 points all in the opening half. Ball movement was clearly a point of emphasis for Dublin, as they tallied 10 assists on their 12 first-half field goals. Clare Fowler found her self on the receiving end of some tremendous Imhoff assists (7 for the game) and knocked down 5 of her 7 shots to tie a season high of 10 points. Senior Seo In Cho tallied 8 points of her own, including 4 of 5 from the foul line throughout the game. 

The Dublin Girls Varsity B team finishes out the season with a perfect record. 

Friday Night the Dublin Varsity B team, in their final game of the year, got the chance to end their season on a high note. Having only played a handful of games this season, the girls have done a wonderful job of forming their identity through hard work and resiliency. High Mowing proved to be a very challenging opponent, taking a seven-point lead into halftime while limiting Dublin to just seven first-half points. Throughout the first half High Mowing relied on starter #14 Kera D who scored a team-high seven points all in the first half. Dublin having a difficult time finding their offensive rhythm relied heavily on their defense to keep the game close. Sam Pfeffer and Olivia Klien both showed amazing toughness on the defensive end and helped spark an exciting run to close out the half. Then with just under a minute to go, with Dublin trailing by 11 points, they received a much-needed spark before halftime as junior Tayiana Dunkers scored a layup. Then second later, teammate Hannah Spindler made a shot of her own at the buzzer cutting the High Mowing lead to just seven points. 

Girls B Basketball remains unbeaten with a win over Kimble Union Academy - February 21, 2018

Wednesday night the Dublin Lady Wildcats B team utilized their depth and team play to beat KUA on their home court. The Wildcats found themselves down by as many as eight points in the first half but were able to rally together to remain unbeaten on the season. The well-balanced attack was lead by Junior Hannah Spindler, who grabbed an amazing fifteen rebounds to go along with her 6 points. Freshmen Josie Switzer and Sina Abraham each scored four points, while fellow freshman Laura Qu finished with a game-high 11 points (career high). Tremendous leadership was seen by Celeste Hopson and Tatiyana Dunkers, who lead the Wildcats to victory with some tenacious defense and incredible positivity.

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Rocky Hill School - Win (43-18) - February 16, 2018

Fresh off claiming the RVAL Championship on Thursday night the girls had very little time for celebrations, as the team headed down to Greenwich, Rhodes Island to play their last NEPSAC regular season game of the 2017-18 season of Friday night.

Fresh off claiming the RVAL Championship on Thursday night the girls had very little time for celebrations, as the team headed down to Greenwich, Rhodes Island to play their last NEPSAC regular season game of the 2017-18 season of Friday night. Upon arriving down at Rocky Hill School, both teams were notified that it was Senior night and before the game began both schools' seniors were acknowledged for their years of hard work and dedication. Dublin was lead by a few seniors of their own as Seo In Cho, Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff continued to find holes in the Rocky Hill zone defense and connected on eight of their sixteen three-point attempts.

Girls Varsity Basketball wins RVAL Championship - February 15, 2018

Girls Varsity Basketball wins RVAL Championship - February 15, 2018

Dublin School has been an active member of the River Valley Athletic League (RVAL) for the past seven years. Over those seven years, girls basketball has been dominated by Stoneleigh Burnham School who claimed the championship for five years in a row, until last season losing in overtime to the Dublin School.

Fitting as traditions would have it, SBS was able to upset the #2 seed Paulo Freire School in the semi-finals, setting up a third consecutive championship rematch, which has come to be a very exciting rivalry. In 2016, SBS defeated Dublin to capture their fifth consecutive championship, 2017 Dublin upsetting SBS to capture our first league championship, and 2018 would only be fitting for these two programs to match up.