By Stephanie Sturgis
Screen — Dresden Lion Justin Hatler (right) fights through a screen by Andrew Shane in trying to slow down Yellowjacket Cody Black during Greenfield’s come-from-behind win Friday night.
The Dresden Lions appeared to be on the way to winning their third game in a row, but a strong second-half rebounding effort by the visiting Greenfield Yellowjackets put the Lions back in the loss column. The Jackets out-scored Dresden 35-19 after halftime en route to the 57-51 victory Friday night.
The Dresden girls made it a split by topping the visiting Lady Yellowjackets 58-31.
The Dresden boys got solid offensive contributions from O’Brien Washington and Justin Hatler, 9 and 11 points respectively, in the first half to go with Tyson Wright’s eight points.
Greenfield turnovers limited the Jackets’ ability to score in half. A Washington stickback bumped the DHS advantage to double digits, 19-9, with 2:14 left in the first quarter.
Heading into the second quarter, the Lions held a 19-13 edge. Dresden pushed the gap back to 10 on three occasions in the frame and were ahead 32-22 at the halftime break.
Wright increased his output in the second half to 12 points, but Washington and Hatler combined for just five points in the final two quarters.
Thanks to tight fullcourt pressure forcing the Lions into errors, Greenfield clawed to within three, 40-37, on a Chris Skinner fastbreak layup with 2:27 left in the third quarter.
After a DHS turnover, Derek Laster’s drive to the rim resulted in an old-fashioned three-point play and the Jackets’ first lead at 42-41 with 1:12 left in the third. The Jackets regularly used penetration and passes to find open shots in the second half.
Wright’s stickback gave Dres-den the lead, 43-42, after three.
The DHS lead stretched to four, 46-42, on Matt McCulley’s trey to open the final quarter.
Wright and Greenfield center Andrew Shane continually battled to pull in missed shots. In the fourth, Shane got help from Daniel Ricketts crashing the boards and pulling in key rebounds. A Ricketts stickback in a 9-0 Greenfield run pushed the GHS lead to five at 51-46 mid way through the fourth.
Wright continued to fight to keep his team in the game, nailing a jumper from the free-throw line. He scored on a give-and-go from Washington to slice the Greenfield lead to a point, 51-50, with 2:42 remaining.
Reggie McHaney drove into the paint and nailed a short 4-footer to stretch the GHS lead back to three points, 53-50.
Fouled on the offensive end, Wright made 1-of-2 free throws for a two-point margin, 53-51, with just under two minute left.
Washington rebounded a Wes Clark miss to give Dresden a chance to tie or regain the lead, but after a timeout, Washington missed a runner and Greenfield grabbed the rebound.
Ahead 53-51 with a minute to play, the Jackets were content to run the clock, forcing Dresden to foul. Laster missed the front end of a one-and-one trip with 34 ticks left, but Ricketts slipped inside for the stickback to push the Greenfield lead to 55-51.
Two misses on the DHS offensive end and two free throws by Laster with seven seconds left in the game set the final score in Greenfield’s favor, 57-51.
Wright topped all scorers with 20 points, while Washington and Hatler both finished with 11 points for Dresden.
Leading the way for Greenfield was Shane with 16 points.
The win evens Greenfield’s record at 6-6 overall and improves its District 14-A mark to 4-5, while Dresden falls to 4-12 and 1-8.
In the girls game, Greenfield took a 6-5 lead when Jordan Galey posted up, took a pass from Katie McCall and then nailed a turnaround jumper.
From there, the game belonged to the host Lady Lions. Marlee Mason scored five consecutive points on drives to the basket, one resulting in a three-point play, to give Dresden a 10-6 lead after a quarter.
In the second quarter, DHS senior Stefanie Riggs found the range for a trio of 3-pointers, while the Lady Lions defended every shot and forced turnovers with their pressure. By halftime, Dresden’s lead had stretched to 18 points, 28-10.
The Lady Lions extended the lead in both the third and fourth quarters in cruising to the 58-31 victory over its county rival.
Dresden had balanced scoring with four of five starters in double digits led by Erica Glisson’s 13 points. Mallory Robinson topped GHS with 8 points.
Jan. 4 at Dresden
Greenfield (31) — Mallory Robinson 8, Emily Randolph 6, Katie McCall 5, Taren hatcher 5, Brystal Barber 3, Jordan Galey 2, Haley Perkins 2.
Dresden (58) — Erica Glisson 13, Stefanie Riggs 12, Lacie Kelley 11, Marlee Mason 11, Jessica Parsley 4, Precious Turbeville 3, Hannah Wade 2, Colleen Perkins 2.
3-pointers: Greenfield — Robinson (2), McCall; Dresden — Kelley (3), Riggs (3), Glisson, Turbeville.
Records: Greenfield 3-9 (2-7 District 14-A); Dresden 9-6 (6-3 District 14-A).
Greenfield (57) — Andrew Shane 16, Reggie McHaney 9, Derek Laster 9, Daniel Ricketts 7, Chris Skinner 7, Wes Clark 5, Cody Black 4.
Dresden (51) — Tyson Wright 20, O’Brien Washington 11, Justin Hatler 11, Matt McCulley 7, Eric Evans 2.
3-pointers: Greenfield — McHaney, Clark, Skinner; Dresden — McCulley (2), Hatler.
Records: Greenfield 6-6, (4-5 District 14-A); Dresden 4-12 (1-8 District 14-A).
Dec. 3 at Big Sandy
Dresden (73) — Stefanie Riggs 19, Breanna Dubruiel 15, Kaci Robbins 7, Erica Glisson 6, Amy Reddick 5, Hannah Wade 5, Sarah Morton 4, Lacie Kelley 3, Colleen Perkins 3, Jessica Parsley 2, Morgan Smith 2, Hailey Austin 2.
Big Sandy (23) — Heather Wade 12, Heather Holt 6, Kaitlin Gray 3, Lorena Johnson 2.
3-pointers: Dresden — Reddick, Wade, Kelley, Robbins, Riggs; Big Sandy — none.
Records: 8-6 (6-3 District 14-A); Big Sandy 1-7 (1-2 District 13-A).
Dresden (81) — Matt McCulley 22, Tyson Wright 21, Justin Hatler 11, Dimarko Jones 9, O’Brien Washington 7, Daniel Harris 7, Eric Evans 2, Josh Williams 2.
Big Sandy (71) — Jerros Phifer 19, Hunter Foust 18, James Cuthbertson 11, Chris Cox 10, Kevin Adams 8, Dakota Huddleston 3, Charles Snow 2.
3-pointers: Dresden — McCulley (3), Hatler, Harris; Big Sandy — Phifer (2), Cuthbertson.
Records: Dresden 3-12 (1-8 District 14-A), Big Sandy 3-6 (2-1 District 13-A).
Dec. 28 at Clarksburg
Greenfield (45) — Jordan Galey 24, Haley Perkins 7, Katie McCall 5, Taren Hatcher 4, Mallory Robinson 3, Shameilla McMullen 2.
Clarksburg (54) — Brooke Cary 23, Erin Grant 13, Renfroe 7, Walker 6, Jamison 3, Lankford 2.
3-pointers: Greenfield — Robinson, Galey, Perkins; Clarksburg — Grant, Cary, Jamison.
Records: Greenfield 3-9 (2-7 District 14-A), Clarksburg 5-3.
Greenfield (65) — Wes Clark 20, Daniel Ricketts 10, Reggie McHaney 9, Derek Laster 9, Andrew Shane 8, Cody Black 7, Chris Skinner 2.
Clarksburg (57) — Erin Harris 18, Emmanuel McClerking 18, Tyler Epperson 15, Bartholomew 4, Johnson 2.
3-pointers: Greenfield — Clark (4), Black, Laster; Clarksburg — Epperson (3), McClerking.
Records: Greenfield 5-6 (4-5 District 14-A), Clarksburg 4-6.