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Lady Falcons come up short to Bulldogs
RUMFORD -- It was certainly a challenge and the Mountain Valley girls' basketball team needed to come together at the right time. However, there was lapses that proved to be costly.
When Addy Gorham and Brooke Dolloff each hit key baskets to pull the Lady Falcons within three points, that created quite a buzz throughout chilled Puiia Gymnasium, but the lack of offensive execution the rest of the way disrupted the flow and it ended in a 33-28 loss against Madison.
Mountain Valley had fell behind early and lost to Madison in the second game of the season. The rematch proved to be a much better team effort, with MV raising its intensity level and disrupting the Bulldogs attack. They trailed 21-14 when Dolloff stole the ball and went coast-to-coast to spark a run. Gorham and Dolloff each made runners in the lane to trail 23-20. Dolloff hit a jumper and Gorham made a free throw for a 25-23 deficit after three quarters.
“I constantly tell the girls that we need to play hard the entire 32 minutes,” said MV coach Tammy Gallant, who praised the team effort. “But we made some bad passes and couldn't score (missed first nine shots) in the fourth quarter.''
Madison scored six unanswered points to lead 31-23 until Dolloff (13 points, 11 rebounds) stole the ball and buried a 15-footer with 2;18 remaining in the game. The Falcons then missed two shots and turned the ball over twice before Darbi Brown drained a three-pointer with 11 seconds left on the clock. The Falcons shot 23 percent and made 29 turnovers.
“Mountain Valley deserves a lot of credit,” said Madison coach Al Venezaino, referring to 24 percent shooting and 19 turnovers. “They played right up in our faces (man-to-man defense) and prevented us from doing things.''
Madison runs a flex offense and keeps moving to create space on the court. Samantha Bruce had points for Madison, while being dogged by Falcon guard Brena Brown (four points, six rebounds).
''The second quarter killed us,” said Gallant, whose Falcons were held without a field goal until Brena Brown scored with 40 seconds left in the first half. “But we did some good things and Addy Gorham had a great game.’’