March 11, 2023
It took a 10-0 run to end the 1st half and an 11-0 run to begin the second half for the Rockland Girls Basketball team to overcome a 14 point deficit and go on to beat Dover-Sherborn 48-37 on Friday night in their elite eight game.
Down 27-13 midway through the 2nd quarter, what inspired the Lady Dogs?
A good, old-fashioned, uptempo team oriented defense, that’s what! And when the girls went into the locker room at half-time, down only by 4 (27-23) the loud, supportive (and green) student section was going crazy to say the least. When the girls came out of the locker room, their defense and the crowd continued to frustrate Dover-Sherborn’s top guns. Rockland’s offense was spread around pretty well too and soon it was a complete reversal with the Lady Dogs up 34-27, a point from which they never looked back, holding D-S to only 5 points in the third quarter and 10 points in the entire second half.
It certainly looked like it was going to be a long disappointing night when the game began. Errant passes, missed shots, missed rebounds, missed defensive assignments…(D-S’s Scalabrine with 10 first quarter points). You name it, nothing was going right for the girls….except finally, an unlikely source of offense: senior forward Emma Cameron, who came off the bench to rectify the rebounding problem and proceeded to score 6 big points underneath (8 points if you count the shot that really did beat the buzzer at the end of the first half).
Overall, freshman Zariah Ottley led the scoring with 14 points, 11 of those in the third quarter. Junior Maggie Elie followed with 12 points 6 rebounds and two assists. Senior Sydney Blaney had 9 points and 3 assists, and senior Maddy Hermenau had 7 points and 5 steals. Zariah Ottley also had 8 rebounds. The girls shot 68.75% from the free throw line.
To see more awesome game photos go to Andy_Illes photog
Now, it’s on to the State Semi-finals. The opponent will be a familiar one: St. Mary’s of Lynn, the #1 seed in D3. This will basically be the third year in a row, state tournament-wise, that Rockland and St. Mary’s have matched up. We all remember that the girls faced them in the State Finals in Lowell last year, losing only by 2. St. Mary’s was also the opponent for the girls’ last pre-pandemic game when the Lady Dogs faced them in the Eastern Mass. Championship (considered the State Finals when the tournament was called off) at TD Garden in March 2020. Rockland competed well in that game but ran out of gas at the end.
So, lots of history with St. Mary’s precedes this upcoming game, but Rockland is certainly ready to compete and to perhaps write a brand new ending to the saga. No one is counting them out, that’s for sure!!