Dora Falcons beat Kosh then fall by 2 to Licking in homecoming nailbiter

Dora 2021 Homecoming king Waylon Masters and queen Riley Collins

Photos by Shana Hambelton Dora 2021 Homecoming Waylon Masters and Riley Collins were crowned king and queen of Dora’s 2020 Homecoming Friday night. Members of the homecoming court were, from left, (front row) flower girl RayLynn Frazier and crown bearer Grady Luna; (middle row) freshman attendant Hanna Bunch, sophomore attendant Shauna Lake, junior attendant Cassidy Hambelton, homecoming king Waylon Masters, homecoming queen Riley Collins, senior queen candidates Kaitlin Hambelton, Vanessa Woolbright and Sarah Fehr; (back row) freshman Ashton Roberts, sophomore Kendall Lovan, senior Bo Collins and senior king candidates Damon Beggs, Dylan Martin and Colby Collins.

Dora homecoming, held Friday, Jan. 8, was topped off with an exciting basketball contest with Licking. The Falcons jumped out to an early lead and led at halftime by one point, 35-34. The game was close the rest of the way, and Dora got a good look at a potential winning 3-point basket at the buzzer, but it didn’t sink. Licking took the win, 67-65.

“We had our chances throughout the game, but a few too many turnovers and six missed free throws are ultimately what cost us the game,” said Dora head coach Caleb Reynolds. “Our boys played great through, and I was proud of their effort. Licking played a great game.”

Waylon Masters led Dora with 21 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Korey Murphy finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Senior forward Damon Beggs had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Brylon Murphy added 14 points and 7 assists.

Earlier in the week, Dora hosted Koshkonong and defeated the Blue Jays 81-59. Senior forward Waylon Masters led all scorers with 36 points on 13-22 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double. Also in double figures were freshman guard Brylon Mayberry, who finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals, and senior forward Korey Murphy, who had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. “We felt confident going into the game,” said Reynolds. “Our boys came out and took care of business from the tip to the final horn.”

The Falcons host Gainesville at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 and travel to Mountain Grove on Jan. 19.

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