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Hyannis rallies late to end Potter-Dix's season


John Verser

Potter-Dix's Payge Hoffman fires off a jump shot during the recent game against Hyannis. Despite the Lady Coyotes best efforts, Hyannis rallied in the end to take the win.

Hyannis rallied late to upend Potter-Dix in the District D2-6 finals on Friday by a 44-39 score.

The Lady Coyotes led for much of the game, but foul trouble hurt them down the stretch. Three Potter-Dix players fouled out in the final six and a half minutes of the game. A pair of Hyannis players also fouled out, but one of those came in the final minute after the game was in hand.

Things went the Lady Coyotes' way early as they held a 9-7 lead after the first quarter. They opened the second quarter on a 7-2 spurt, with a three-pointer from Audrey Juelfs and buckets from Trinity Langley and Alexus Rozelle for a 16-9 lead with 4:58 left until halftime. The Lady Longhorns struck back with a 5-0 run of their own to cut their deficit to a point. Jumpers from Rozelle and Anna McLaughlin gave Potter-Dix a 20-16 halftime lead.

Hyannis rallied for a 21-20 lead on a jumper from Sarah Monahan at the 4:52 mark of the third quarter, before McLaughlin put Potter-Dix back on top. She hit a jumper, was fouled and hit the subsequent free throw to give the Lady Coyotes a 23-21 lead.

Potter-Dix led 27-23 on a McLaughlin jumper in the lane and a fast break bucket from Dawson Sharman, before Hyannis came back to tie the game at 27-27 heading to the fourth quarter.

Rozelle's jumper put the Lady Coyotes up 29-27 just 18 seconds into the final quarter, in what would turn out to be their final lead of the game. Monahan's trey put the Lady Longhorns up 30-29, and they led until a Sharman free throw briefly tied the game at 36-all with 2:32 left in the game.

The Lady Longhorns' Audra Kippes broke the tie with a pair of free throws, and Hyannis outscored Potter-Dix 8-3 in the final 2:26 of the game.

Friday's loss was just the third of the season for the Lady Coyotes, as they fell to 18-3 in their final game of the season. It was the second straight season that Potter-Dix has been eliminated in the district finals.

Hyannis improved to 18-5 on the year and clinched a berth in the state tournament.


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