Mesa Dobson broke open a close game with a 12-0 run in the first half and then cruised to a 58-36 win over host Gilbert Mesquite in a Division I, Section II girls basketball game on Friday night.
Three starters — Katharine Hamilton (17), Tori Lloyd (17) and Dyesha Stahley (11) — scored in double figures for Dobson (7-2), which mixed up its full- and half-court defenses well and won its fourth consecutive game.
Ashley Alexander gave Mesquite an 11-7 lead when she sank a three-pointer with 3:09 left in the first quarter. But Dobson scored the next dozen points to seize control. Five players scored for Dobson during that key stretch, including Lloyd and reserve Caree Benford, who made three-pointers.
“Scoring-wise, we have a lot of kids that can do a lot of different things,” Dobson coach Tyler Dumas said. “Our players are very unselfish and they really like to share the ball, sometimes to a fault.”
Mesquite pulled to within 22-18 late in the second quarter. Dobson answered by scoring the final five points of the first half and led by nine at the break.
Hamilton scored five of her points in the third quarter as Dobson stretched its lead to 40-29 heading into the final eight minutes.
It was all Dobson in the fourth quarter, especially in the last three minutes when it closed the game with a 10-2 run that featured multiple easy layups.
“I like how we’re progressing, but when we get into games against elite-level teams we’re going to have to be more polished,” Dumas said. “We can’t give away easy baskets like we did in this game, and we can’t make the mistakes that we made tonight.”
Alexander led Mesquite (7-7) with 13 points. Freshman Alexis Springfield chipped in nine.
Mesquite’s Cecily Wilson, who entered the game averaging a team-high 14.5 points, was held to just three.