It was a terrific opening night for Dowell Middle School's seventh-grade girls basketball teams.
In the opening game of the season, the Lionettes’ Blue eeked out an 18-16 win against Johnson Middle School. Top performing players for Dowell included Cecilia Clark and Rylie Simmons for co-defensive players of the game; Mariah Kelty with a great offensive game scoring 8 points for her team, earning offensive player and Yesenia Casas providing leadership and the spark needed for the Lionette’s to hold onto their victory.
The Dowell Gold team came out strong, pouncing on the Tigers in the first couple of quarters to set the tone during a 25-18 victory. Struggling a bit to keep the lead the entire game, it was in the second half that Dowell was able to pull away with a sure victory. The game’s top players included Carlie Kauffman as offensive player of the game – scoring a team high of 10 points for her team, Gabi Symmank playing tenacious defense that resulted in multiple steals and fastbreaks, and Alex Coleman for overall player of the game, scoring 6 points and dishing out assists for her team.
The Dowell White team surprised most by winning in convincing fashion, 32-6, to end the night’s games. Isabel Pate was among the top players for the night, earning overall player of the game with 6 steals and 8 points. Mary Carson Johnson earned offensive player honors, finishing the night off with 10 points for her team and Sydney Tarsi played outstanding defense, seemingly finding herself in a position to steal and go from end to end on fastbreak opportunities.
The Lionettes’ next games will take place Monday, Dec. 5, at Faubion Middle School M.S. at Faubion M.S.. The Blue team will take the court first at 5:15pm, followed by the Gold and White teams.