Aubrey Dunnuck’s showcase on her future home court on Sunday highlighted exactly what she can bring to the Saint Francis program: tenacity.
The Norwell senior wasn’t the star on the court during the 27th annual Nancy Rehm Border Wars game, but she shined anyway. As Indiana and Ohio did battle on the home court of Saint Francis, the future Cougar was a lynchpin the Indiana defense and showed the intangibles that will make her important for Saint Francis into the future.
She was the last member of team Indiana to score in the game, held without a basket in the first half. It was at 5:10 in the fourth quarter that she scored on a 2-on-1 break on a pass from Tippecanoe Valley’s Sophie Bussard. But that has never been what has defined Dunnuck.
Instead, her stat line was a low key but more than sufficient four rebounds, two assists, one block and two charges taken.
Dunnuck took her first charge of the game with 2:47 left in the first quarter coming immediately after her first assist on a semi no look pass right at the basket that led to an Indiana score. She took another charge with 1:48 left in the first half and it drew heavy cheers and praise from the Indiana fans and the team’s bench.
With 3:35 left in the third quarter, Dunnuck swatted a shot in the post while defending a larger player and drawing as many oohs from the crowd as any other play during the girls contest on Sunday.
For years at Norwell, Dunnuck has been that player that has just done whatever it takes to get the win. Saint Francis knows that and that is why she will be a Cougar and a valuable part of their program for four seasons. Dunnuck knows how to win; trophies at Norwell are a sign of that. But more importantly, Dunnuck knows how to win right and she knows how to win tough; Sunday’s game was a sign of that.
On a day when many girls played their last high school level game and some even played their last competitive game of this type ever, everyone wanted their hand in the moment. Dunnuck got hers in a way that was as impressive and tenacious as it has ever been. As one of many, I certainly appreciated that most from this year’s Border Wars.
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