|Jr. Lions’ defense brings home two wins from Gleason |
By Sara Reid
Lean back — Gleason’s Emily Terrell (left) has to shoot over the outstretched arm of Lady Lion Allie Phillips during action Monday night in Tater Town. Phillips and the Dresden Middle School girls earned a 27-16 win.
Special to The Press
With defensive pressure holding the opponents’ scoring to a minimum, the Dresden Middle School Lions took a pair of wins from the Gleason Junior High Bulldogs in basketball action Monday night at Gleason.
In the first game, the Lady Lions held the Lady Bulldogs to four points each quarter to take a 27-16 victory, while the DMS boys won, 44-15.
Gleason jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the girls game before Dresden came roaring back. Going on an 8-0 run with four points coming from Alex Glisson, Dresden led 8-4 after one.
In the second quarter, the Lady Lions continued the run and pushed the lead to 12-4, but Gleason put up two straight buckets from Shawna Blassingame and Hollie Townes to pull within four, 12-8, with 2:36 left before the half. The Lady Lions reeled off four points of their own and took the 16-8 halftime lead.
The scoring slowed down for the Lady Lions in the second half. Each team put up four points in the final quarter, but Dresden went away with the 11-point win, 27-16.
Glisson led Dresden with seven points. Both Jessica Jones and Allie Phillips had six. Blassingame scored eight for Gleason.
In the second game, the Lions came out firing and built a quick lead, but Gleason kept the game close and after one quarter, the visitors led 8-4 — a score identical to the girls game.
Dresden broke open the scoring in the second quarter, scoring 13 points and holding the Bulldogs to one free throw from Drew Stout.
At the half, the Dresden boys led 21-5 behind four points from John Paul Winstead and a three-ball from Gatlin Hatchel.
Gleason attempted to whittle down the lead in the third quarter and a steal by Stout followed by a layup brought the home team closer at 22-10. The Lions scored the majority of their points on free throws. Holding the Dawgs to five points, Dresden took a 28-10 lead into the final frame.
Tyler McPeak scored six of Dresden’s 16 fourth-quarter points. The Lions held the Bulldogs to five points again on the way to a 44-15 victory.
McPeak led the Lions with 13 points. Hatchel scored nine. Austin Perry had five points for Gleason.
Weakley County Press Nov. 29, 2007