Dreher survives drought, 2nd round
It’s not often a high school basketball team can go scoreless for over ten minutes in a second–round playoff game and still win, but that’s what the Dreher girls overcame behind the efforts of three freshmen as the Blue Devils knocked off Lakewood, 47–41, Tuesday, February 17 to advance to the third round.
“That was unbelievable to me. It was as if we were in a fog,” said Dreher head coach Teresa Jones. “(At halftime) I said to them, ‘Do you realize you didn’t score a single point in the second quarter? If you want this to be your last game, get ready, because if you keep playing that way, it will be.’”
Freshmen Makayla Johnson, Jazmine Robinson, and Kaydra Duckett scored 39 of Dreher’s 47 points and made several clutch plays at both ends of the floor in the second half.
“They are maturing with every game we play,” said Dreher head coach Teresa Jones. “They played through that stretch in the second quarter and were able to hang in there.
“We played a lot of close games this season, and I think that’s paying off for us now.”
Lakewood went up by seven, 23–16, early in the third quarter to cap a 15–0 run, but Dreher (17–8) battled back, tying the score on a buzzer–beating put–back by Johnson to end the third quarter at 29–29.
During the second half, Robinson’s ball–handling abilities were key as she was more active in the lane, getting to the free–throw line six times to make 8–of–12 shots.
“I told her she has to be aggressive,” said Jones. “A lot of times she has her defender beat, but then she backs out instead of taking it to the hole. Tonight she did a nice job of driving the lane.”
Johnson led Dreher with 14 points, most of them easy layups off slick passes from Duckett, who finished with 12 points for the Blue Devils.
“We got the ball inside (to Johnson), and that made a big difference for us,” said Jones of her 6–foot–1 center.
Lakewood head coach Terrence Scriven agreed. “They were able to get penetration and dump it inside to her,” he said. “But our girls played hard, and I can’t be more proud of them.”
For various reasons, Lakewood was without three of its guards, including two regulars and the team’s leading scorer, Alexandria Scriven.
“Knowing that we were undermanned and nearly coming in here and getting this win, I thought everyone stepped up,” said Terrence Scriven. “It’s tough when you only have one guard bringing the ball up all night, but the bottom line is that Dreher just made some key plays down the stretch.”
Robinson finished with 13 points (11 in the second half ), while Lauren Dreher had six, and Christa Canty added two for the Blue Devils.
Ashley Gadson led Lakewood (15–10) with 15 points, while Quiesha Brooks (13), Lexus Green (10), and Janel Benbow (3) also scored for the Gators.
Dreher lost in the third round to Hartsville 86–47 on February 21.