The end of this gauntlet run for Dover came down to the final seconds on Monday night against Red Lion.

Having already dispatched Division I's Dallastown and West York, the Eagles were locked in a tie game against the Lions with 26 seconds to play.

With an unbeaten season again on the line, the Eagles found a way to get the job done as Alayah Hall drove the lane and converted a basket with just 4.3 seconds to play.

A last-second desperation 3-pointer from Red Lion's Courtney Dimoff fell short and the Eagles secured a 43-41 win.

Dover (16-0 overall, 10-0 Division II) also wrapped up at least a share of the division title with the win and Susquehannock's loss to Dallastown on Monday.

"I just drove left because my left side was open," Hall said of her final scoring play.

Hall finished with a team high 13 points, scoring eight of those in the fourth quarter.

Kara Funk scored 12 points for Dover as the Eagles completed a perfect run against Dallastown, West York and Red Lion.

"They were tough (games), but we all worked together and kept our heads high and did what we came out to do," Funk said.

Dover survived two quarters in which it scored single digits, but got a total team effort to survive the Lions (10-6, 7-3 Division I).

"Alayah certainly drives the ship most nights for us," Eagles head coach Troy Lokhaiser said. "But, we have a great group here and they play well together and at any time any one of them can step up and have a great night for us."

Whether it was Maxine Herman's six first-quarter points or Marissa McMahon's rebounding efforts, the Eagles put themselves in a position to win the game entering the fourth quarter tied at 31.

The Lions took the lead with 7:34 to play on Courtney Dimoff's basket. It was only the second time the visitors had the lead, with the first coming at halftime after the Lions went on a 9-0 run to end the first half.

"Our kids busted their butts," Red Lion head coach Don Dimoff said. "Dover played great and hit big shots."

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  • Over the final 7:34, the game went back-and-forth. The Lions pulled even at 41 with 26 seconds to play on Morgan Kuehne's basket. Kuehne led all scorers with 15 points.

    Being in tight games is something Dover, which is currently the top-ranked team in the District 3 Class AAAA standings, is becoming used to.

    In the first eight games of the season, the Eagles were only in one game decided by fewer than 10 points. Of the last eight Dover games, seven of those have been within 10 or fewer points.

    "It's been a great two weeks for us, on top of a great season so far," Lokhaiser said. "It's strictly one game at a time here. Certainly, these last three games have been good wins, but the next game is equally as important."

    That's a fact that's not lost on the Eagles players, who meet York Suburban on Wednesday.

    "We just have to go into practice hard," Hall said.

    Funk added, "If we don't play good in the next games, then the games that we just won and worked hard for don't mean anything."


    RED LION (41)
       Seitz 2 0-0 4, Morgan Kuehne 6 3-3 15, Horka 0 0-0 0, Kendrick 0 0-0 0, Clever 2 0-0 4, Ness 0 0-0 0,Dimoff 3 0-0 8, Jen Horvatinovic 2 6-6 10. Totals 15 9-9 41.
    DOVER (43)
       Fox 0 0-0 0, Kara Funk 5 1-2 12, Fowler 0 0-0 0, Lokhaiser 0 2-2 2, Alayah Hall 5 2-2 13, McMahon 3 2-2 8,Herman 4 0-0 8. Totals 17 7-8 43.
    Red Lion     13  13    5  10 -- 41
    Dover     16    9    6  12 -- 43
       3-point goals -- Red Lion 2 (Dimoff 2); Dover 2 (Funk, Hall).
       JV score -- Red Lion 38, Dover 13.