They were standing everywhere the police would allow in Jon Davis Gym.
The full bleachers, the balconies, the baseline, wherever fans could get a visual of what could have been the final Dothan-Northview basketball game at Dothan High.
They saw a rout. The Tigers shot the ball impressively and took advantage of far too many Northview mistakes in Dothan’s 79-48 victory on Friday night at DHS.
The Tigers pulled away from a 16-12 lead in the final two minutes of the first quarter and led 22-14 after the break. Dothan then exploded in the second quarter, outscoring Northview 28-5 and leading 50-19 at halftime.
They added 24 more points in the third and led 74-36 going to the final quarter. The lead reached 40 points at 76-36 and the clock ran continuously in the fourth.
Dothan improved to 11-9 overall and 1-1 in area play. Northview fell to 7-11 and 0-2.
The Tigers got two baskets from James Pouncy and another from Jayden Folmar in the final 1:10 of the first quarter. Folmar led Dothan with 18 points on the night. Pouncy finished with 15. Calob Green added 14 points, Eric James scored 13, Elijah Allen added eight and JaBraylon Carroll scored seven.
Harrison Holland led Northview with nine points. Malik Gill had seven, Tyshun Hicks scored six and Jaylin Carroll, Jabre Barber and Kolby Reese added five points each.
The Cougars got within 27-16 in the second quarter, but a 3-pointer by Carroll started a 20-0 run that extended the lead to 47-16 with 1:07 left in the first half.
Northview girls 53, Dothan 52: As much of a blowout as the boys game was, the girls played a thriller.
Naudia Bishop took a fine pass from Alexis Hudgens and made a layup with six seconds left that lifted the Cougars over the eighth-ranked Tigers.
Northview badly outplayed Dothan in the first half, but the Tigers stormed back.
The Cougars led 17-5 after the first quarter and 32-15 at halftime. Northview improved to 9-7 overall, 1-1 in area play.
Dothan (13-4, 0-2 area) was ice cold shooting from the field and the foul line. The Tigers were just 3-for-18 on free throws in the first half.
Northview hurt the Tigers from long range. Hudgens started the scoring with a 3-pointer. Teammate Brianna Reese hit consecutive 3s in the first quarter and added another late in the first half for a 26-10 lead.
But it didn’t take long for Dothan to erase the poor first half. A 13-0 run to begin the third quarter pulled the Tigers within 32-30.
Dothan took its first lead of the game when Keke Wilson scored on the inside and put Dothan up 39-38 with 1:58 left in the third. The Tigers led 40-39 going to the fourth.
The teams traded the lead five times in the final eight minutes.
Dothan took a 52-51 lead with 1:40 remaining on a Dominique Blackmon’s basket with a nice assist from Wilson.
A pair of turnovers gave the ball to Northview with 41 seconds remaining. The Cougars worked the clock with Hudgens and Reese well away from the basket. Hudgens whipped a pass to Bishop, who laid it in.
Dothan turned it over before it could manage a shot in the final six seconds.
Reese led the Cougars with 19 points. Hudgens scored 11, Mercedes Bishop added 10, Adriana Wright scored seven points and Bishop added six.
Ivy Turner led the Tigers with 17 points. Keke Wilson scored nine and Amaya Rollins, Angel Townsend and Racquele Cooper added seven points each.
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