Davis-Dobbs propels Lincoln girls hoops past Clintondale

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published January 22, 2019

 Warren Lincoln sophomore Chante Hudgins, right, battles for a rebound with Clinton Township Clintondale senior Gabriel Willis during a 50-41 Jan. 22 Lincoln win.

Warren Lincoln sophomore Chante Hudgins, right, battles for a rebound with Clinton Township Clintondale senior Gabriel Willis during a 50-41 Jan. 22 Lincoln win.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

WARREN — Warren Lincoln junior guard Amari-Davis Dobbs says 3-pointers are her specialty, and it showed in the Abes' 50-41 Jan. 22 win over Clinton Township Clintondale.

Davis-Dobbs, who scored 20 points in the game, drained three 3-pointers in a 1-minute, 32-second span late in the fourth quarter to put Lincoln ahead for good. The last came with 2:13 left and gave the Abes a 48-39 lead.

"I knew I was going to hit some threes," said Davis-Dobbs, who hit four 3-pointers in the game. "I missed a few layups, so I knew I had to do something to help us win."

Lincoln moves to 7-3, 4-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division. The Abes are tied in the win column with idle New Haven High, which is 4-0 in divisional play.

Clintondale falls to 4-6, 2-3 MAC Bronze.

"We took a tough loss to New Haven (Jan. 18)," Lincoln coach Jalen Ford said. "We knew we had to come out here and play with some intensity and get this win, because we want to keep pace in the division title race."

The game was hotly contested before Davis-Dobbs went off. Lincoln led 7-5 after the first quarter. Clintondale took a 21-20 lead into the locker room on the strength of the play of senior guard Princess Mia Johnson, who scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the second. Johnson is the reigning MAC Bronze MVP.

Lincoln led 36-30 after the third quarter and held the Dragons to one field goal in the frame. Johnson in the third was held to 2 points — both on free throws.

"Our game plan coming in was to tire (Johnson) out," Ford said. "We wanted to wear her down, and I think we were able to do that. This is a good win for us."

Lincoln junior wings Daviana Leonard and Valina Hudgins chipped in with 11 and 9 points, respectively. 

The Abes shot 5 of 13 from the foul line, while the Dragons hit 13-of-23 free throws.

Lincoln's next game is against Eastpointe High at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 on the road.

Clintondale's next tip is with New Haven at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at home.