Dulin leads Law girls' basketball to sweep of rival Foran
MILFORD — Laura Dulin heads a sophomore class for Jonathan Law that is primed to have success in future years. The problem for opposing teams is this group is jelling rather quickly.
The group, which includes four starters in Dulin, Jessica Centore, Kailee Frank and Erin Saley, put on a show Saturday night against cross-town rival Foran as the group combined for 37 points and numerous clutch plays in a resounding 58-21 victory at Foran High.
With the win, Law improved to 7-9 and needed just one more win to qualify for the postseason heading into this week’s games. Foran, which played its worst game of the season by far, fell to 5-11.
“I think we are all good individual players and we work well together,” Dulin said after finishing with 18 points.
After a tight first quarter, Law pulled ahead for good, taking a 28-17 lead at the half. With the game within reach, Law made sure to sweep the season series, scoring the first 19 points of the third quarter to take a 47-17 lead.
“We have been waiting for a run like that for three weeks,” Law coach Dan Young said. “It was nice to get our offense in a rhythm. Everyone was a part of it. We had good ball movement.”
Dulin was the catalyst in the run, opening the second half with a 3-pointer and then draining a basket for a 33-17 lead. Centore matched Dulin with a bucket and a 3-pointer before adding another basket for a 40-17 advantage.
“We knew what we had to do,” Dulin said. “We know Teneya (McLaughlin) is a really good player. We practice that (defense) a lot. We run our drills so we can do it here.”
Dulin and Saley connected on the next nine points to put Law up 30 points. Foran, which was just 1-of-13 in the quarter and was outrebounded 16-6, finally got on the scoreboard in the second half with 2 minutes, 37 seconds left when Lauren Notholt hit one free throw.
“When you are outscored 30-4 in the second half, that is effort, heart and wanting it,” Foran coach Scott Nails said. “You have to ask yourself, if you can’t get ready for this game, what game can you get ready for?
“Our motto has been eight before 13. We need eight wins before we get 13 losses. To have four points in the second half is inexcusable.”
The game started liked it would be a thriller with Law leading 13-10 after one quarter. Senior Jenna Bernard had five points and Centore four points for Law in the opening quarter.
Bernard’s 3-pointer gave Law a 5-2 lead. Monica Malangone put Foran on top 8-7, but that was the last lead of the game for the Lions.
Baskets by Centore, Saley and Dulin put Law ahead 11-8 and the Eagles never looked back.
“Last year, we lost a heartbreaker here,” Young said. “We lost two games last year. I think they (sophomores) are identifying their roles and they enjoy playing with each other.
“The key is progress. We have to keep seeing progress. We got our seventh win tonight. We have North Haven Monday. We do not have a whole lot of time to relax.”
Centore finished with 13 points for Law, Lianne Maynard had nine and Saley added six. Kyra Blacketter finished with a team-high eight points for the Lions, while McLaughlin added five.