Led by freshman guard Masseny Kaba, the Dorchester girls’ basketball team earned its second win of the season Friday night, defeating visiting CASH, 38-21.
Kaba scored a game-high 13 points and pulled down more than 10 rebounds. She also played consistent defense, making two statement blocks. Although she is younger than many girls on the team, Kaba is without question the Bears’ leader.
“She’s only in ninth grade, so I have her for a couple more years, so I’m building around her,” said Dorchester coach Raul Brown. “Our future looks bright as long as she continues to stay at TBA [TechBoston Academy] with us.”
After the first quarter, Dorchester held a slim 7-6 advantage. But the Bears offense picked up in the second quarter as Kaba scored 7 points and freshman forward Tianna Daniels chipped in 4.
The Bears held CASH to just 2 points in the quarter and began to pull away, taking an 18-8 lead at halftime.
“I feel that I did a good job and that I was helping my team and I was a leader,” Kaba said. “It’s kind of hard being tall and trying to play point guard and do all that other stuff as a freshman. I started playing when I was in seventh grade and I didn’t know nothing at all, so I was taught. And I’m just now getting better.”
Dorchester continued to play well in the second half, backed by Kaba’s defensive presence.
“I like to play aggressive,” she said. “If I know I can block it, then I’m going to block it, but I don’t like to foul.”
The Bears carried a 28-14 lead into the final eight minutes, and closed out the victory with 3-pointers from eighth-grader Briana Irwin and senior Nyzaya Ambers.
With the win, Dorchester improved to 2-5.
“We’ve been working on a lot of passing and dribbling," said Brown. "You know our girls can’t really do much if they can’t dribble. So what I’ve been doing a lot in practice is having a lot of dribble drills, a lot of passing drills.
"And I've got a couple seniors on the team, so I told them this is their last year, they've got to show what kind of caliber team they’re going to be this year.
“Our team’s really young but I’m really excited about what we have.”
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