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She has a quiet demeanor but her leadership qualities carry a much heavier hand.
Hampton senior Lydia Dose has always had a knack for making the right play at the right time and coming through when her teammates needed her most.
The 2019-20 athletic year showed that more than ever as Dose stood in as Hampton’s lone senior in both volleyball and basketball.
On the court, she wasn’t great at any one thing, but that was part of what made her so spectacular. Her ability to be really good at almost everything was a sight to see.
Her leadership was also a quality heralded by her coaches throughout her senior season.
Dose isn’t the rah-rah type. She’s a much quieter personality and that comes out athletically, too.
There’s more than one way to lead, though, and Dose’s way works just as well.
The Lady Hawks followed her lead in both volleyball and basketball as the lone senior on each team.
Dose’s senior night performance in volleyball was a solid example of that, leading the Lady Hawks to a 3-0 sweep.
In two of those three sets, Hampton was trailing and needed a big rally to come out on top. Dose was on top of it at the net both offensively and defensively with a heavy right arm swing and timely blocks.
In that senior night win over Red Cloud, Dose painted the stat sheet with nine kills, five digs and a couple blocks.
“She’s done a good job of leading this team,” Hampton coach Diane Torson said at the time. “We’re really young and she’s always positive. She’s a go-getter and had a great season so far.”
Basketball, though, may be where her true passion lies.
The Hawk senior is moving on to Concorida University where she’ll join the Bulldog hoops program.
There’s at least a little sprinkle of Michael Jordan inside Dose, the ability to make her teammates better and gut out a victory.
Look at the results from Hampton’s holiday tournament. The Lady Hawks won the finals over Wilcox-Hildreth in overtime, 57-46.
Hampton trailed 16-8 at one point and needed a fourth quarter rally, but got what it needed.
In that game, Dose totaled 18 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists -- just a little bit of everything.
The Hampton coaches understand that, too. Hampton basketball coach Margo LaBrie had high praise after Dose’s senior night basketball game.
“Lydia is such a stinking-hard worker and I can’t say enough about her,” LaBrie said. “She is so coachable and she is the glue that holds our team together. I just love her to death.”
Like the other seniors across the area, state and country, it’s a tough blow that Dose didn’t get that chance to compete in spring athletics -- her one last chance to wear a Hampton uniform as proudly as she wore the rest.
There’s no question she would have done so with grace and leadership, just like she did her entire senior year.
RICHARD RHODEN can be reached at sports@hamilton.net.

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