By John Niswander
Both Washington College basketball teams honored their seniors last weekend in the season finale home games against Dickinson College. The Shorewomen tipped first at 2 p.m., followed by the Shoremen immediately following the conclusion of the women’s game.
Before tip-off, the Shorewomen honored the team’s five seniors: Brynne Brouse, Kat Moore, Jasmine White, Gabby Winsky, and Jordan Weir, at half-court. Head Coach Alisha Mosley utilized all five seniors in the starting line-up as well.
“This last game was a special one for our seniors. We all made sure we played our hearts out for them,” sophomore guard Caitlyn Clark said.
Moore logged the most minutes of the five seniors at 19, and finished with eight points, six rebounds, one steal, and one block. That performance earned Moore the title of the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game.
In the end, that performance was not enough to earn the win, as Dickinson scored the final 14 points to defeat the Shorewomen 71-50.
“It was a tough loss today as a team, but it is even a greater loss that we are losing our five amazing seniors,” Clark said. “These five girls are truly the best. We could not ask for better teammates and role models to look up to.”
The Shorewomen finished the season with a record of 6-19 overall and 4-16 in Centennial conference games.
“We have no doubt that the seniors are going to do amazing things, and we thank them for everything they have done for this team over the years. We are also excited to work hard this offseason and come back even stronger next year,” she said.
The Shoremen took the court next, but first honored two seniors involved with the program, starting point guard Tas Dixon and student assistant Manny Matthews.
Dixon played a team-high 36 minutes and recorded a double-double, scoring a game-high 19 points and notching 10 assists.
“Tas has been instrumental in our program’s growth and competitive rise in our three years together,” Head Coach Aaron Goodman said. “He is a special player who gives all he has each game for his teammates.”
Dixon’s second career double-double earned him the title of Chestertown McDonald’s Shoremen Player of the Game.
“As a player, Tas leads us in charges taken, has raised his point total three points per game, as well as his overall shooting percentage by five percentage points,” Goodman said. “His positive, selfless attitude is representative of our overall team’s attitude on and off the floor.”
Dixon’s double-double was not enough to overcome the Red Devils, who won 72-70 on a buzzer beater to seal the win.
Sophomore Alec Lewis also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists, three steals, and one block.
The multiple double-doubles by Dixon and Lewis were the first for the Shoremen since 2015.
The Shoremen finished the season with a record of 6-19 overall and 3-15 in Centennial Conference games.
“We are going to miss Tas, but I know he is going to be a catalyst in innovation in his career in special education,” Goodman said.