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Dutchtown girls hungry for more success
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
January 31, 2013 12:32 PM | 1312 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Dutchtown's Victoria Nelson, Tiara Scott, and Domonique Clune.
From left, Dutchtown's Victoria Nelson, Tiara Scott, and Domonique Clune.
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The Dutchtown varsity girls’ team launched a solid campaign last season, notching double-digit wins and getting close enough to sniff the state basketball tournament

As anyone in the Lady Bulldogs locker room will tell you, that’s not good enough.

Fast forward to the present — where this squad is determined to author a much different ending.

“We all remember last year,” said Dutchtown coach April Tate, referring to her club’s premature exit — as a No. 2 seed via a close loss to McIntosh — in the region tourney

“We came out even hungrier this season,” she added. “We made up in our minds that it’s just not good enough to have a great record … an appearance in the state playoffs dictate whether you had a good season.”

The Lady Bulldogs, who wrap up regular season play this week, will most likely find themselves in the same position heading into Region 4-AAAA tournament play — which gets underway Feb. 9 — as last year.

Dutchtown is currently in second place in the league’s Division A standings behind frontrunner Woodland. (The Lady Bulldogs lost by 10 back on Jan. 18 and are set to clash again this week.)

Tate and company, taking the one-game-at-a-time approach, will undoubtedly bring their lunch pails to the gym with them in an effort to out-work the opposing squads standing in their way.

Dutchtown, boasting an unbalanced mix of savvy seniors and talented underclassmen, will be a tough out for any caliber team.

The team’s do-it-all leader Domonique Clune has gotten plenty of help this season. Sydney Gunby has stretched defenses with her 3-point shooting.

Meanwhile, fellow senior Victoria Nelson has come into her own at the point guard position.

Its youth is also serving the team well. Sophomore post Tiara Scott draws a lot of attention with her skillset on the block. And, 6 foot 1 freshman Kamera Harris has the makings of a shot-blocking machine.

Senior and “team workhorse” Kivanna Kudratt — shut down by a recent appendectomy — could possibly return to lend a hand to the Lady Bulldogs in their postseason push.

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