Madison advances to MCT quarterfinals
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MADISON _ Charlotte Tuhy was unstoppable over the last 6:24 of Madison's Morris County Tournament first-round game against Morris Knolls.
Tuhy, a sophomore forward, netted 15 of her career-high 30 points during that span to help the fifth-seeded Dodgers to a 58-36 victory over the No. 12 Golden Eagles on Thursday, Feb. 2.
A 3-pointer by Tuhy commenced the impressive showing, which featured an array of shots. Twenty seven seconds after the long-range field goal, Tuhy had a putback. With 2:38 remaining, she drove to the basket and was fouled. In addition, she converted 6-of-7 free throws in the closing quarter and made 8-of-9 free throws overall.
Although Tuhy dominated in that stretch and at other points in the game that landed Madison (15-3) a berth in the MCT quarterfinals opposite fourth-seeded Randolph, Dodgers coach Lisa DiTuro noted that each of her players had significant roles in the contest.
"A lot of support and effort goes into everything," DiTuro said. "It's the whole team. They make incredible stops to get the offense going."
With that, DiTuro reeled off the names of Tuhy's ultra supportive teammates who take their turns in the spotlight and aid Madison's success.
"Alex Reigle is always in the right spot running the lane," DiTuro said. "Gabby Mariani leads in steals and pushes the ball. She drives and draws defenders. Beau Braverman is so composed and is another player in the right spot. She's an offensive threat and makes it that much harder on other teams. Erin Kleiven is our defensive specialist and is on the other team's best player. It's unglamorous but she makes the stops."
Few opposing squads, however, have been able to halt Tuhy, a two-year starter. She has been in double figures every game this season. Over her last four games, Tuhy, who dominates as a pitcher for the softball team, has amassed 106 points.
Tuhy's late-game burst was ignited by Morris Knolls' rally. With 17.7 seconds remaining in the third period, the Golden Eagles cut Madison's lead to eight points, 38-30, on a 3-pointer by Denay Jones, her third of the game.
"We all realized they were close and we needed to win the game," Tuhy said. "We got on our defense so we could go to our offense. We knoew it was close and we had to score more."
Madison was ahead 14-11 after the first quarter but wanted some breathing room. The Dodgers, playing man-to-man defense and pressing, did not allow Morris Knolls a field goal in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 29-13 advantage.
Later on, Tuhy took over, ensuring that Madison would move on in the MCT.
"Charlotte can score in a lot of ways and she can score in bunches," DiTuro said. "She can knock down 3s and is great in the open court. She's good at making steals."
Morris Knolls received 14 points from Jones. Reigle added 13 points for Madison.
"Madison plays very well," Golden Eagles coach Rob Moore said. "They've got size and many scorers. Their rebounding is good. Overall, they payed better than us."
DiTuro said the Dodgers "are excited about the quarterfinal matchup with Randolph."
"We don't have many mutual opponents but I think we match up well," she said. "It'll be nice to play a different team and see how we do."
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