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Girls basketball: Shining Mountain gets back on top in series with Dawson

Dawson boys win their portion of doubleheader with 91-point effort

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    Shining Mountain's Olivia Jabari, center, is surrounded by Dawson School defenders Alex Dunbar, left, and Isa Bravo during their game played at Dawson School on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

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    Dawson School's Isa Bravo boxes out Shining Mountain's Sophia Matarrese while Madison Day approaches the area during their game played at Dawson School on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

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    Shining Mountain's Lola Conaway celebrates her team's victory against Dawson School on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 in Lafayette.

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    Dawson School's Annabelle Biggar, left, and Isa Bravo, right, box out Shining Mountain's Sophia Matarrese during their game played at Dawson School on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

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    Shining Mountain's Lola Conaway looks at the bench during their game at Dawson School on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 in Lafayette.

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    Dawson School's Phil Geraghty, center, gets a good look at a shot attempt while playing against Shining Mountain on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 in Lafayette.

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    Dawson School's Max Morrow goes for a layup against Shining Mountain during a game against Shining Mountain at Dawson School on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

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    Dawson School's Riley Burridge eyes a shot close in at the basket during a game against Shining Mountain played at Dawson School on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

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LAFAYETTE – Over the past seven years, the Dawson School and Shining Mountain girls basketball teams have matched up with one another in such a way that has produced a close game each season.

Over that same span, the Dawson Mustangs have found a way to come out victorious in the local-area rivalry. But the Shining Mountain Lions snapped the Mustangs’ win streak in the series at four games on the road at Dawson on Thursday evening, taking down the Mustangs, 51-46.

After attaining the victory that has eluded them for years and avenging a three-point loss to the Mustangs in last winter’s meeting, the Lions were visibly a bit more excited than they have been after each of their other five wins to date in 2019-20.

“We knew it was going to be a really hard game because we have a really good game every time we play this team,” Shining Mountain junior Olivia Jabari said. “They’re great players but we just came together and stuck it out. We wanted it really bad because all of our past games have been really close with this team but we’re really improved this year and this shows that we can compete at a higher level than we could in the past.”

The Mustangs (5-1) won 40-37 last season and have won seven of the past 10 meetings between the two teams. Dawson’s only other loss this season is to The Academy, currently the 10th-ranked team in Class 3A. Shining Mountain (6-1), a 1A team, has only lost to 1A’s top-ranked team in No. 1 Briggsdale.

On Thursday, Dawson led 26-23 at halftime before Shining Mountain pulled ahead by oustcoring the Mustangs, 13-4, in the third quarter. Junior Lola Conaway led Shining Mountain with 15 points and freshman Sophia Matarrese scored 12. Conaway and Matarrese each had 10 rebounds to finish with nearly identical double-doubles.

Dawson senior Kaitlyn Day led all scorers with 23 points and secured a milestone with her 1,000th career point in the game. Shining Mountain head coach Mike Hawkes said, however, that sophomore Kalea Zeender holding Dawson’s top scorer to two points in the third quarter was one of the main things that helped the Lions turn things around.

“We feel good about our season so far,” Hawkes said. “We lost to Briggsdale but we get to match up against them again later in January so we’re excited to get a second chance at them. We’ve got to play rural schools if we want to be good because they’ve won every 1A state championship with the exception of the 2000 Belleview boys.”

In the boys’ portion of Thursday’s doubleheader, the Dawson Mustangs (5-2) won 91-53. Mustangs senior Riley Burridge hit eight 3-pointers and led all scorers with 32 points. Fellow senior Coby Grant-Krenz scored 22 points.

Junior Tavan Karbassi and senior Elijah Hanzlik each scored 14 points for Shining Mountain, which dropped to 2-4 on the season.