For two quarters, Lincoln Park’s girls basketball team was every bit equal to defending state champion Dunbar.
Then the third quarter started.
Dunbar opened the second half with a 16-3 run and went on to beat Lincoln Park 74-61 in a Region 3-4A semifinal on Tuesday night.
It is the second straight year Dunbar has ended Lincoln Park’s season in the regional playoffs.
“We let them go on a run at the beginning of the third quarter and we weren’t getting a lot defensive stops,” said Lincoln Park senior Brandy Montgomery, who scored a game-high 30 points. “We let them get ahead and that was it.”
Trailing 36-33 at halftime, Lincoln Park coach Wendell Adams told the Greyhounds that the first three minutes of the third quarter most likely would determine the game.
Unfortunately for Lincoln Park (20-5), Dunbar (27-2) dominated those three minutes.
Kiara Desamours had back-to-back layups to key the run, while Keri Jewett added a pair of baskets.
By the time Lincoln Park regained composure, its three-point halftime deficit had been stretched to 16.
Dunbar’s full-court trap gave Lincoln Park trouble at spots throughout the game, especially early in the second half.
“We were excited about the fact that we came out, played good defense and had some turnovers.” Dunbar coach Dwayne Donnell said.
“That was huge. We were able to get some easy (baskets) early in the third quarter.
Desamours, who finished with 17 points, and Johnetta Williams proved to be too much for the Greyhounds to handle in the paint on both ends of the floor in the second half.