Dublin scored the final 10 points to trip up Merkel 46-41 in a District 7-2A girls contest Tuesday, avenging three losses to the Lady Badgers last season.
Merkel hit a 3-pointer for a 41-36 fourth-quarter lead, but the Lady Lions dominated the final minutes.
The comeback began with a free throw from Amber James. Sydney Beck then scored five straight points to give Dublin the lead. She hit a free throw, followed a Merkel turnover with a 2-point basket, then knocked down a pair from the foul stripe to give the Lady Lions a 42-41 edge.
London Jones knocked down a field goal for a three-point lead, and with Merkel fouling near the end, Beck and Belew hit one free throw each to finalize the win.
"After losing to them three times last year it was sweet to beat them at Merkel," said Dublin head coach Jill Kendall. "So very proud of my girls."
Beck scored 13 points, six of them during Dublin's fourth-quarter comeback. Jones tallied eight points and James, Monica Montelongo and Carey Belew added six each. Faith Faulkner scored four and Ajia Muro had three.
Faulkner also grabbed eight rebounds, Beck and Carey Belew each collected seven and James and Jones both had six. The Lady Lions grabbed 50 total boards, half of them on the offensive end.
Jones scored four points and Beck three during a 10-0 second-quarter run that gave Dublin a 22-15 lead, and the Lady Lions were on top 27-19 at the break.
Merkel scored the first seven points in the second half, pulling within one before Faulkner hit the first points of the third for Dublin. The Lady Lions were clinging to a 34-32 lead entering the fourth.
Ajia Muro gave Dublin a two-possession lead with the first points of the final frame, but Merkel answered with a 9-0 run to grab its five-point lead that the Lady Lions vanquished down the stretch.
Dublin needed the win after a pair of losing last week to Comanche and Clyde to start district. The Lady Lions have a chance to even up their 7-2A record before the Christmas break. They visit Hawley at about 6:30 p.m. Friday. Sub-varsity play starts at 4 p.m.