Dover’s Alayah Hall (24) attempts a shot from just beyond the arc against Northeastern on Tuesday. Hall led all scorers in points in Dover’s
Dover's Alayah Hall (24) attempts a shot from just beyond the arc against Northeastern on Tuesday. Hall led all scorers in points in Dover's 50-42 win. (For the Daily Record/Sunday News -- Jeff Lautenberger)

During Dover's run to an undefeated start to the season, the Eagles haven't been in many close games.

Of Dover's nine wins coming into Tuesday's clash vs. Northeastern, only two victories were by single digits.

The Eagles got a full four-quarter test from the up-and-coming Bobcats, but Dover responded with an entertaining 50-42 win.

"We always have a tough game over here at Northeastern," Dover head coach Troy Lokhaiser said. "They are ready to play every time we come here. Bill (Novak) has his team playing real well.

"It was fun, though. It's what a high school game should be about."

The Eagles (10-0, 5-0 Division II) led 32-30 entering the fourth quarter and, behind strong play from Alayah Hall and Megan Lokhaiser, the visitors were able to fend off an energetic Bobcats squad.

"They were hyped and ready to go," Megan Lokhaiser said of Northeastern. "We just tried our hardest. It was a tough game. It was a lot of work, but we pulled it out in the end."

The Bobcats (4-8, 0-4) pulled within 36-34 with 5:50 to play, but Hall knocked down two foul shots and Megan Lokhaiser drilled a 3-pointer with 2:55 to play, pushing the Eagles' lead to 41-34.

"I've been working on my shot with my coaches and have been waiting for a few shots to knock down and I finally got them," said Megan Lokhaiser, who finished with 15 points.

Hall led all scorers with 19 points, scoring nine of those in the fourth quarter. She scored six straight points bookending the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth as the Eagles weathered a late Bobcats run in the third.

"We've had a couple close games, but not a lot," Troy Lokhaiser said. "It was nice to see our girls respond. It was good to see them hang in there and play it to the finish. We know the toughest part of our schedule is yet to come. 10-0 is nice, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us yet."

Novak was pleased with his team's effort as the Bobcats charged back from nine points down in the third quarter to tie the game at 30-all with 10 seconds to play in the quarter on a 3-pointer from Kerri Collins.

"I think that was our most complete game," Novak said. "We played for four quarters, which we haven't been doing. That was our best full-game effort and we did a lot of different things that we haven't done in the past and they handled it very well."

The game started with a back-and-forth first quarter that saw six lead changes and two ties, before Dover grabbed a 12-10 lead at the end of the quarter.

The teams combined for just 11 points in the second quarter and the Eagles led 20-13 at halftime.

Northeastern’s Payton Hauck, left, tries to strip the ball from Dover’s Holly Fox in the second quarter on Tuesday. Dover won 50-42.
Northeastern's Payton Hauck, left, tries to strip the ball from Dover's Holly Fox in the second quarter on Tuesday. Dover won 50-42. (For the Daily Record/Sunday News -- Jeff Lautenberger)

Eight players scored for Northeastern, led by Payton Hauck's 10 points. Tuesday's loss was the third straight single-digit setback for the Bobcats.

"We've played hard all year and now we're executing better," Novak said. "We're learning the system better. We just got to learn how to win and that's not an easy thing to do, it's a process."

  
DOVER (50)
   Fox 1 0-0 3, Fowler 1 0-0 2, Megan Lokhaiser 5 3-4 15, Alayah Hall 5 8-10 19, McMahon 0 5-11 5, Crossan 1 0-0 3, Herman 1 1-4 3. Totals 14 17-29 50.
NORTHEASTERN (42)
   Meyer 1 0-0 3, Knappenberger 1 0-0 2, Malave 1 1-3 3, Mathison 3 0-0 8, Davis 0 0-0 0, Collins 1 0-0 3, Weibley 2 3-4 7, Payton Hauck 3 3-6 10, Kloster 2 2-2 6. Totals 14 9-15 42.
Dover   12  8  12  18 -- 50
Northeastern   10  3  17  12 -- 42
   3-point goals -- Dover 5 (Lokhaiser 2, Crossan, Hall, Fox); Northeastern 5 (Mathison 2, Meyer, Collins, Hauck).