The Dundee Lady Scots lost a hard-fought, defensive battle to Pavilion Feb. 19 by a score of 36-31. After a great defensive first half, the Lady Scots led by a score of 13-6.

Unfortunately, the defense couldn’t maintain the same intensity in the second half. That, paired with a number of big shots not falling for the Lady Scots was the difference in why Pavilion was able to come out on top.

Mackenzie Strait led Dundee with 11 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Megan Sutherland added 10 points, Makenzie Cratsley had 5 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 steals, and Hallie Knapp added 5 points and 7 rebounds.

“Although it was a disappointing ending to the season, the amount that the girls grew and improved this year really showed how dedicated they were to being successful,” said Coach Michael Strait. “They never backed down from a challenge and they always came to practice ready to work extremely hard to get better.”

“I want to say a big thank you to my seniors for their dedication and hard work. After the lack of success the past few seasons, they easily could’ve just phoned it in, but they never did and I appreciate that as a coach. I’m very excited to see what the future holds for the Dundee Girls’ Basketball program and hope that we can continue to grow and be a force to be reckoned with.”

Naples boys 53 Dundee 38

The third time wasn’t the charm for Dundee boys basketball. Facing Naples in the opening round of the sectional tournament last week, the Scots hoped their inspired play against No. 4 seed Naples during the regular season, including an overtime thriller, would lead to a win. Naples would take the game 53-38 however.

Naples jumped out to a 16-7 first quarter lead and led 29-18 at halftime. The third quarter was the clincher as Dundee was outscored 18-8. Austin Gibson led the Scots in scoring with 8 points. Nick McCurry added 6 points and Brandon Edmister tallied 5 points.

Dundee ended the 2018-19 campaign without a win, but coach Les Miller is optimistic about the future of the program.

“Our season was tough throughout,” he said. “We had many bright spots but were never able to get over the hump. I wish our seniors the very best in their endeavors.”

The team will feature just one senior next season, but Miller is hopeful a young team will learn and improve as the season progresses.

“Next season we will be very young...but our JVs are coming off of a very solid year. I am sure we will make mistakes early, but hope to be very dangerous by the end of the year.”