DENVER – From the opening day of this season, the Dawson girls basketball team has been trying to hammer out what kind of team the Mustangs were going to be in 2019-20
They’ve planned to hang their hats of defense, the coaches have empowered the Mustangs’ captains to call their own plays on the floor, and the team has leaned on the standout returning players who led Dawson on a 20-4 campaign last winter. Apparently, that speculative combination has produced a dangerous playoff contender.
On Tuesday night, the Dawson girls traveled to face a solid Denver Christian squad and headed home to Lafayette with a 57-16 victory in hand.
“We’re really coming together for the last part of the season and it was a good game,” Dawson junior Maddy Timms said. “We really came together and shared the ball well, and the scoreboard shows that. I think tonight’s win gives us a lot of energy and reinforces why we’re in practice every day working so hard.
“We’ve definitely come a long way from the beginning of the season. We’re all looking to share the ball, score and attack, and our defense is getting a lot better. Overall, we’re really coming together as a team.”
The Mustangs (15-3, 9-1) jumped out to an early lead and pulled ahead 17-6 after the first quarter of the Mile High League contest. They would not allow the Thunder (11-6, 8-2) to score more than four points in any quarter after the first while building the commanding lead that landed them Tuesday’s dominant victory.
Helping pace the team’s sixth straight win, Timms and Dawson senior Kaitlyn Day each scored 13 points on Tuesday night. After leading 30-10 at halftime, the Mustangs pulled well ahead of their opponents with Day pacing a 23-point third quarter while teammates Annabelle Bigger, Alex Dunbar and Isa Bravo helped to seal the victory.
“Tonight, we obviously defended and that’s our calling card,” Dawson head coach Matt Johnston said. “Everything is based off our defense. We’re starting to get comfortable with all our defenses, which is helping the girls a lot. The girls are really comfortable with the sets and it worked tonight. We’ve let our goals develop organically and we’re just trying to make the most of every moment, but we do feel confident because this was a big game for us.”
The Mustangs will wrap up their regular season with a road game against winless Twin Peak Charter on Friday.