Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Providence Country Day School - Loss (36-38) - January 19, 2019

Dublin girls basketball made a long trip south to play Providence Country Day on Saturday, losing in a nail-biter, 38-36. Down ten points in the early going and struggling offensively, the visiting Wildcats amped up their defense with a full-court press that caused over 20 turnovers and allowed them to claw their way back into the game. Despite missed chances at the free-throw line to seize the lead, Dublin had a shot to tie the game with 8 seconds remaining, only to see it rattle in and out. 

Mia Fantauzzi '22 led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points, followed by Kusum Aryal '21 with 8, Josie Switzer '21 with 6, Hannah Spindler '19 with 5, and Almesha Duhart '22 and Celeste Hopson '20 with 2 points apiece. 

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. High Mowing School - Win (30-15) - January 12, 2019

Dublin girls basketball won their second game of the week on Saturday afternoon, beating High Mowing 30-15 in front of their hometown fans. The Wildcats again jumped out to a quick lead on the strength of scrappy defense and the outside shooting of Kusum Aryal '21, going into halftime with a 17-7 edge. The second half was hard fought, as High Mowing stepped up the intensity of its defense and caused problems for the home team. But Almesha Duhart '22 gave the team a lift on both ends of the floor, scoring four points, grabbing rebounds, and causing turnovers. Josie Switzer '21 also played an outstanding defensive game. Aryal led all scorers with 18 points, and Mia Fantauzzi '22 added 8. 

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Eagle Hill School - Win (53-31) - January 11, 2019

Dublin girls Varsity basketball hosted RVAL rival Eagle Hill in their first home game of the season on Friday. Sparked by the hot hand of Kusum Aryal '21, the Wildcats jumped out to a 16-4 lead and never looked back. Aryal and Mia Fantauzzi '22 wreaked havoc defensively, causing turnovers that led to easy fast-break buckets for the home team. Hannah Spindler '19 and Josie Switzer '21 played well on both ends of the floor, doing battle with Eagle Hill's good post players under the basket. 

Aryal led all scorers with 26 points, including four three-pointers. Fantauzzi hit all eight of her free throws on the way to 16 points, and Switzer added 7. Megan Spindler '21 and Almesha Duhart '22 collected their first baskets of the season.

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Covenant Christian Academy - Loss (21-40) - January 9, 2019

Dublin Varsity girls basketball took one under the chin Wednesday night, losing on the road to a tough Covenant Christian team, 40-21. Shots refused to fall for the visitors, who put themselves in a deep hole, scoring only 6 first-half points against a stingy Covenant defense. The Wildcats showed flashes of excellent defense themselves, led by Tatiyana Dunkers '19, Josie Switzer '21, and Harniqua Bodie '22. 

Mia Fantauzzi '22 led the team in scoring with 13 points, while Kusum Aryal '21 added 6. The Wildcats were led in rebounding by senior co-captain Hannah Spindler '19, who also dished out three assists. 

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Springfield Commonwealth - Loss (14-56) - December 15, 2018

Dublin Varsity Girls Basketball traveled south to Springfield, Mass., birthplace of basketball, to take on a talented Springfield Commonwealth team on Saturday. The Wildcats had trouble handling the ball against tough, trapping zone defenses, and turnovers led to many Springfield breakaway buckets. But despite the lopsided score, the visitors held their own against a team of college-bound players, scrapping and hustling throughout. Kusum Aryal '21 and Hannah Spindler '19 led Dublin in the scoring column with 4 points apiece. 

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Winchendon School - Win (37-34) - December 5, 2018

Dublin Varsity Girls' basketball got its first victory of the season on Wednesday night, traveling to Massachusetts to beat the Winchendon School, 37-34. Down by 8 points in the early going, the Wildcats' defense rallied, and point guard Mia Fantauzzi '22 led a 12-4 Dublin run that left the game tied at halftime. The score remained tight throughout; neither Winchendon nor Dublin could open up more than a 4-point lead. The visitors were overmatched in the paint, but solid team rebounding, especially from Josie Switzer '21 and senior co-captain Hannah Spindler '19, neutralized Winchendon's height advantage. Fantauzzi scored the go-ahead bucket with a minute remaining, and her two free throws iced the game with 15 seconds left on the clock. She led all scorers with 27 points, while Kusum Aryal '21 collected 4 points, and Spindler, Tatiyana Dunkers '19, and Laura Qu '21 each added 2.

Dublin (1-2, 0-0 RVAL) hosts Charlemont next Wednesday, December 12, at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Landmark School Tournament - December 1, 2018

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. 

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.