HERSHEY - For all of the good things that the Dover girls' basketball team does on the court, the one thing they are perhaps the most vulnerable to is size.
And when a team, much like the Wilson team they faced in Friday night's District 3-AAAA championship contest, can utilize that size, it's almost deadly.
Despite Alayah Hall and her teammates' best efforts, the inside 1-2 punch of 5-foot-11 Carley Brew and 6-foot-1 Jessie Wallace proved to be to much for the undersized York-Adams League champions.
Brew and Wallace combined for 31 points and 20 rebounds to propel the defending district champs to a 51-38 victory at the Giant Center.
"Brew and Wallace...well there's a reason why they're Division I players or soon-to-be Division I players," Dover coach Troy Lokhaiser said. "And I think we saw that tonight."
Those two were able to help the Bulldogs (22-7) receive second and third scoring opportunities as they controlled the boards throughout the contest.
And no where more than then the third period was that better on display. That duo combined for six points during a 15-3 run to start the second half that firmly cemented Wilson ahead for good.
"They just seemed to dominate the inside tonight," Lokhaiser said. "They seemed to get to every loose ball tonight, every rebound. We knew we were outsized coming in and I thought we battled as much as we could, but those two certainly controlled the night and credit to them."
As much trouble as Brew and Wallace caused for the Dover defense, Hall did almost an equal amount of damage herself. The all-time leading female scorer in school history scored all seven of her team's points in the first period en route to a game-high 20 points.
For her efforts, Hall was named the Player of the Tournament for the Class AAAA bracket.
"She deserves it," Lokhaiser said. "She had a (heck) of a tournament."
But as much as Hall tried to will her team back to another victory, it just wasn't in the cards. The Eagles (24-3) found themselves deeply in foul trouble throughout the second half as two players (Lindsey Fowler and Megan Lokhaiser) fouled out and two others (Hall and Maxine Herman) recorded four each.
The Bulldogs made the Eagles pay for those fouls as Wilson knocked down 17-of-22 free throw attempts (77 percent).
"We got behind and we had to come out and play defense," Lokhaiser said. "Credit their guards and bigs. It's a tough match-up for us."
Despite the setback, Lokhaiser continued to praise his team, who was making its first appearance ever in a district final. And he hopes this squad, much like the one that advanced to the quarterfinals last year, makes another lengthy run through the PIAA bracket which begins next week.
"We're going to take a couple of days off to relax for a little bit," he said. "Just enjoy what we've accomplished. Even though we lost tonight, this is still a heck of an accomplishment for us. And hopefully by next Friday we'll be ready to go again."
Kearse 0 0-0 0, Fox 0 0-0 0, Warner 0 0-0 0, Folwer 2 1-2 4, Lokhaiser 1 0-0 2, Coley 0 1-2 1, Hall 8 4-8 20, McMahon 2 0-1 4, Crossan 1 0-0 3, Herman 2 0-0 4.
Three-point goals: Crossan. Totals: 16 5-13 38.
Reinhart 0 0-0 0, Ebner 0 0-0 0, Klee 0 0-0 0, Jen. Wallace 0 0-0 0, Marz 3 6-6 14, O'Brien 0 0-0 0, Bailey 2 0-0 5, Wright 0 0-0 0, Sottosanti 0 0-0 0, Jes. Wallace 6 3-6 16, Brew 4 7-8 15, Rhodes 0 0-0 0.
Three-point field goals: Marz 2, Bailey, Jes. Wallace. Totals: 15 17-22 51.
Dover 7 8 7 16 - 38
Wilson 12 8 15 16 - 51