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After surprising 24-1 run, Duxbury girls’ basketball already has its eye on next season

Duxbury head coach Robert Sullivan (far right), his team, and colorfully dressed fans are not a happy group as the clock winds down in their game against Arlington Catholic, and on their season. Previously unbeaten Duxbury lost 40-27 to AC in the Division 2 state semifinal at TD Garden.
Duxbury head coach Robert Sullivan (far right), his team, and colorfully dressed fans are not a happy group as the clock winds down in their game against Arlington Catholic, and on their season. Previously unbeaten Duxbury lost 40-27 to AC in the Division 2 state semifinal at TD Garden.Photos by Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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The tears started before the game even ended. With the Duxbury High girls’ basketball team trailing, 39-25, in Tuesday’s Division 2 state semifinal at TD Garden coach Bob Sullivan emptied his bench, forcing the Dragons to deal with their first loss of the season while still on the parquet floor.

But the tears did not last long after the buzzer made Arlington Catholic’s 40-27 win official. Soon after, the Duxbury players had a reason to smile.

Following the graduation of the three best players from the 2012-2013 squad, this year’s group exceeded expectations. And next year, almost all are coming back.

“Our starting five is coming back . . . if we work hard and stay together we have a chance of coming back here together,” said Sullivan. “Our future is bright.”

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