Longhorns end regular season with 17 wins
Canton figured to be quite the sturdy tune-up for Dover in the final regular season game.
Turns out the Lady Tigers were much more.
Canton pulled off a shocker Tuesday with a 4643 victory to spoil the Lady Longhorns’ senior night.
The visitors entered ranked 12th in Class A and had just two losses on the season - one to Lomega and another to 2A Fairview.
In the first half, Dover’s long-range shooting put it out in front by eight points.
Of the Lady Longhorns’ 29 first-half points, all but two came via the 3-pointer.
Rylee Buck made six of them - four in the first quarter - and Karlee Harviston another three.
But the treys stopped dropping in the second half while Canton refused to fold under Dover’s pressure defense.
Still, Dover led 35-28 entering the fourth quarter.
That’s when Kamdyn Hulse started to take over.
Hulse scored 13 of Canton’s points in the fourth as the Lady Tigers outscored Dover 18-8.
She made two 3-pointers and another threepoint play as part of her barrage that saw her score 31 points overall.
Dover couldn’t counter and had just four field goals in the second half, which included just one 3-pointer.
Buck scored 18 for Dover, all of which came in the first half.
Harviston added 14 before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
The win improved Canton to 20-2 while Dover concluded its regular season with a 23-2 mark.
Dover boys trending upward
The Dover boys are officially on a roll entering the playoffs.
A 55-31 thumping of Canton on Tuesday night gave Dover a six-game win streak as they entered this weekend’s district tournament.
Dover enters the postseason with a 17-8 mark.
“If you’d had said at the beginning of the year that we’d get 17 wins, I think we would have taken it,” said first-year head coach Jared Reese.
“And especially after we started 2-3 and were dealing with some injury issues.”
The Longhorns built the bulk of their lead in the first half as they led by seven after a quarter and 31-15 by halftime.
Lucas Conrady scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in that first half.
Nathan Cohee picked up steam in the second half to score seven of his nine points.
The Longhorns also got eight points from Casen Buck and six from Randy Vitalis.
Canton never scored in double figures in any of its quarters.
The Tigers were led by Eric Evans’ 10 points. He was limited to two points and no field goals in the second half.