Dougherty leads Athens girls past NEB
LERAYSVILLE - In their last game, the Monica Dougherty and the Athens Wildcats struggled offensively.
The Wildcats were held to just 19 points in the game and Dougherty finished with two points in the loss against Sayre.
On Wednesday, Dougherty was in a rhythm shooting the ball as she scored 22 points and the Athens offense came alive in a 56-48 victory over Northeast Bradford in a matchup of two of the four teams that entered the game tied with one NTL East loss.
"We just decided to put the last game behind us, learn from it and move on," Dougherty said.
In the first quarter, it was the Panthers who came out strong, turning an 8-6 deficit, into a 14-8 lead after Maddy Johnson and Lydia Werner hit threes and Angelia Laudermilch scored inside.
Trailing by six the Wildcats went on a 14-0 run covering the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter to build a 22-14 lead.
Christin Dunkling scored and then converted a three-point play as Athens closed within 14-13 after the first quarter and in the second quarter Rachael Donnelly scored, Danielle Dougherty hit a three and Danielle Stopper and Mackenzie Warner converted to cap the run.
Angelia Laudermilch scored for the Panthers to end the run, and after Stopper and Laudermilch traded baskets, Monica Dougherty hit back-to-back jumpers. After Werner hit a jumper for the Panthers, Monica Dougherty hit another jumper to put Athens up 30-20.
"I'm happy," Dougherty said of her shooting on Wednesday. "I tried to learn from last game and gain confidence."
The Panthers cut the deficit to nine to end at the half after MaKaylah Holbert scored to close out the quarter, but Monica Dougherty hit for three straight baskets to start the third and Stopper added a basket as the Wildcats pushed their lead to a game-high 17 points at 41-24.
The Panthers fought back as Alyssa Coon converted on a three-point play and after Warner scored for Athens, Laudermilch scored for the Panthers and Shelby Park hit a three to get Northeast Bradford within 11 at 43-32.
Danielle Dougherty hit a three for Athens to build the lead back to 14, before Laudermilch cut it to a 12-point game after three.
Coon scored early in the fourth to cut the deficit to 10, before Dougherty hit a three and another jumper to quickly push the lead back to 15.
However, a jumper from Holbert and a three from Laudermilch with 4:30 left cut the deficit to 51-41.
Johnson got an offensive rebound and scored with 3:16 left to cut the deficit to 51-43 and Laudermilch scored with 2:24 left to get the Panthers within six.
However, Athens converted on four straight free throws from Monica Dougherty and Stopper to push the lead to 10 and close out the win.
"This was definitely a confidence booster," Dougherty said. "It definitely boosts our confidence and helps us move on from last game."
For the Wildcats it was a big adjustment going from a slow-paced game against Sayre to an up-tempo game against the Panthers.
"It was definitely tough on our legs, but we had to push through it," Dougherty said.
Along with the 22 from Dougherty, the Wildcats got nine each from Dunkling and Danielle Dougherty.
Warner had four points and Donnelly had two points for Athens.
Donnelly, Danielle Dougherty and Monica Dougherty all had four assists and Stopper had eight boards and four blocks, while Dunkling had six rebounds.
The Panthers got 17 from Laudermilch and nine from Coon. Park and Werner each had five and Johnson, Holbert and Calla Martin each had four.
Holbert had three boards and three steals, Laudermilch had eight rebounds, three steals and five assists and Martin had five boards, two steals and eight assists.
Johnson had five rebounds, two steals and two assists and Coon had four boards, while Werner had two boards, a steal and two assists.
Athens won the JV game 37-25. Morgan Westbrook led Athens with 17 and Hannah Reid had 14. Werner had seven and Park had six for the Panthers.