It was an exhilarating night for Dobson High School’s girls basketball team March 2, at Gila River Arena in Glendale.
Dobson High School, the sixth-seeded team, made it to the state championship game against the fifth-seeded team, Millennium Tigers of Goodyear.
The Mustangs took the lead in the fourth quarter and never looked back, according to a press release. Dobson ultimately won the game 58-49. Dobson last won the girls basketball state championship in 2010.
Senior guards Alexis Todd and Dyesha Stahley were the night’s big scorers, with 20 points and 13 points, respectively according to the release.
“Alexis played an excellent game and carried us through her sheer determination,” said Tyler Dumas, who coaches the team along with Chad Taylor, Janice Rodrigue and Andrea Jones. “Dyesha scored 11 of her 13 points in the decisive fourth quarter.”
“Our school, spiritline and student council were all wonderful in their support of the team,” Mr. Dumas said. “We had two spirit buses and an amazing student section. Our community came out in full force for a 4 p.m. game clear across town. Our locker room was decorated, and we had a pep assembly on Wednesday to celebrate our victory.”
The Arizona Basketball Coaches Association honored Stahley and Dumas for their excellence in girls basketball, according to the release. Stahley has been named the Division I Player of the Year, and Mr. Dumas is the Division I Coach of the Year.
“We all know that everything comes to an end, but this group wanted to take advantage of every moment and accomplish something that was their own,” Mr. Dumas said. “They created an identity as a team based upon their toughness and mental strength. Every game we played was close, especially in the state tournament, and they found a way to come out on top. I don’t think everything has sunk in yet for the girls, but slowly they will realize just how important this championship was to their community, school and team.”
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