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Cents Get No Charity in First-Round Loss

Posted: February 17, 2008 3:02 a.m.
Updated: April 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.

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The free-throw shooting may have made the difference for the Saugus girls basketball team, as they were downed by Dana Hills High 56-41 Saturday at Saugus High.

The Dolphins (19-9) visited the charity stripe 32 times making 19 of them, while the Centurions only shot two free throws and converted one.

"Its hard to win a game when they shoot 32 free throws and we shoot two," said Centurions' head coach Eric Olsson.

"And really that's the difference. From the floor I think it was an even basketball game."

Dana Hills took advantage of the size difference immediately, as Saugus was without the 5-foot-10 Gabrielle Conn due to injury.

"She could have helped us out because they were really big and she's our big post," said Saugus guard Danielle Mofsowitz.

Despite holding the Dolphins to no field goals in the first quarter, the Centurions allowed them to stay in the game as Dana Hills visited the line 12 times and converted eight of them to put the score at 8-8 at the end of the first quarter.

"Its frustrating," Olsson said. "I thought we played really well in the first quarter. They just kept getting to the line and getting to the line."

The Dolphins' pair of six-footers Lauren Shute and Samantha Major shot all of the free throws in the quarter, forcing the Centurions into nine team fouls. The Dana Hills roster featured six players that matched or surpassed Conn in height.

In the second quarter, a 3-pointer by Mofsowitz gave Saugus the lead at 13-10 with 5:23 left to play.

The lead was the last of the game for Saugus as the Dolphins responded with a 19-1 run that spilled over into the third quarter.

"The second quarter, that's where they beat us," Olsson said. "That's where they pulled out and got their big lead. Then we were just strapping the rest of the night."

Saugus' Lauren Labat hit a 3-pointer with 6:27 left to play in the third, cutting the lead to 12 at 29-17. The shot ignited a run for Saugus in which the Centurions cut the deficit to four at 31-27 with four minutes left in the third.

Having exchanged baskets and scoring runs through much of the game up to that point, the Dolphins took control by scoring 17 of the next 19 points in the game to give them a comfortable 48-29 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Centurions managed one more strong defensive effort but were unable to cut the lead back down to single digits.
Mofsowitz led the Centurions with 14 points, including four open 3-pointers.

"They were going up on the wing and they were leaving the corner open," Mofsowitz said. "So our coach set us up so I would run baseline and get those looks."

Labat scored 13 points while Breann Wilson grabbed 12 boards and added two points in the game.

Dana Hills' Shute led all scorers with 15 points and Catherine Whitlock scored 14 points.

The game ends the Centurions season with a record of 21-7. Saugus will lose six seniors, three of which are starters, including Mofsowitz.

"This has probably been the best four years of my life," Mofsowitz said.

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