Hinsdale Unified team wins 3rd straight
HINSDALE, N.H. — During halftime, Dayvon White pointed toward the left corner and let some fans behind his team's bench know it's the only place on the floor that he can't make a shot from.
He was almost automatic on Monday afternoon.
White scored twice in transition, knocked down a mid-range jumper and also hit a 3 from up top to help the Hinsdale Unified basketball team to a 35-28 victory over Conant at "the Stable."
It was the third consecutive win for the Pacers.
"Dayvon loves to shoot the 3. He knows it's a crowd pleaser. The one he made in this game gave our team a big boost," said Hinsdale coach Katie Leonard.
With his team trailing 24-23, Tyler Doyle scored on a breakaway early in the fourth quarter to give the hosts the lead for good. Matthew Thorp delivered twice in the paint, Brandie Gravel kissed a shot home from in close, Brandon Doyle scored on a drive, and White cashed in on a steal as Hinsdale pulled away down the stretch.
"I'm happy with how well we worked together. These kids are always motivating each other," noted coach Leonard. "Our shooting has come a long way. We have been averaging 35 or more points a game, which is a lot."
The Pacers limited their foes to just six points in the first eight minutes. Gravel and Thorp came up with early steals, before the Doyle brothers, Ciera Youmell, Bryce Lindsell-Kraus and Mikayle Corle teamed up to play a stingy 2-3 zone.
"We wanted to focus on team play instead of 'me ball' today," Leonard commented.
The second quarter was full of Hinsdale highlights, starting with Youmell's feed inside to Thorp for an easy bucket. The hosts then put on a passing clinic, with Gravel snagging a defensive rebound and passing ahead to Youmell, who found Tyler Doyle for an open look.
Brandon Doyle then earned everyone's respect when he crashed the glass and handed the ball to Conant's Isabelle Tenters, wanting her to be able to make another shot.
"That's what the Unified game is all about — unification, team. That's a life skill for someone like Brandon. He has come a long way," the Hinsdale coach pointed out.
Moments later, the crowd would erupt as White sank a shot from downtown. He would also drain a 15-foot jumper before the intermission.
As he rested on the bench during the break, fans were letting the red-hot White know how great of a shooter he is. He then pointed toward the left corner, letting them know it's the only spot he can't score from.
Down by five points, the Pacers started the third quarter with an 8-0 run. The biggest plays were White's coast-to-coast move and a lob and finish from Lindsell-Knaus to Thorp.
"Every game, Thorp always does something that amazes me. He loves basketball. He was dancing before the game because he was so excited. His teammates trust that when they pass him the ball, he will score," Leonard stated.
Tenters then rolled into the lane a couple of times in her wheelchair, scoring twice to put Conant ahead 24-23 heading into the final period.
Thorp, who was coming off of an 18-point game, scored 14 points to lead the winners. White followed with nine points and Tyler Doyle ended up with eight. Brandon Doyle and Gravel pitched in with one bucket each.
The Pacers (3-3) will host Keene on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Conant players: Wyatt Anderson, Madison Gleason, Holly Tom, Isabelle Tenters, Mike Roberge, Ruth MacQuarrie, Wren Wolterbeek.
Hinsdale: Coaches — Katie Leonard, Sheila Cowing. Players — Tyler Doyle, Ciera Youmell, Brandon Doyle, Brandie Gravel, Dayvon White, Erica Girroir, Bryce Lindsell-Kraus, Mikayla Carle, Matthew Thorp.
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