By Stephanie Sturgis
move over — Gleason’s Ashley Coble gets past a Lady Tide defender during the Lady Bulldogs upset victory over Peabody Tuesday night. Gleason knocked off the state’s No. 8 team with a stellar fourth-quarter outing at the free-throw line.
Near perfection at the free-throw line helped the Gleason Lady Bulldogs complete a comeback from a nine-point deficit in pulling off the upset of the state’s No. 8 team in Class A.
Gleason hit 17-of-19 free throws in the fourth quarter to edge the Peabody Golden Lady Tide 47-41. Peabody hit only 5-of-18 attempts from the free-throw line for the game.
In the boys game, Peabody used a huge run in the second quarter to provide a comfortable lead on the way to the 79-52 road victory over the Dawgs.
In the girls game, the Lady Tide used their quickness and size to take control of the contest early. Peabody forced Gleason into turnovers and controlled the boards during a 9-0 run. The Tide fed the ball down low to Rakeshia Perry, who notched six points in the frame, as Peabody led 15-7 after a quarter.
In the second quarter, Gleason missed chances to pull closer. Despite their late accuracy at the line, the Lady Dawgs hit on only 6-of-12 free throw chances in the second stanza. Perry pumped in six more points for Peabody including a 6-footer to give the Tide a 25-16 lead with just under a minute left in the frame.
Gleason had a chance to end the first half on a high note. A Lady Tide turnover gave GHS the ball with 8 seconds left in the second quarter, but the Lady Dawgs were unable to fire off a shot and Peabody held a 25-18 lead at the halftime break.
Defensively, the Gleason girls did a better job of denying passes to the post in the second half and turned up the heat with their fullcourt press at key moments.
Offensively, Riley Auvenshine and Camille Cooper each hit a 3-pointer in the third to cut a Peabody six-point lead in half. After Cooper’s trey, GHS twice forced turnovers but didn’t convert them into points and trailed 31-28 heading into the fourth.
To open the fourth, Peabody had a chance to add to its lead, but missed twice in the paint before a call for a travel. Jenna Frazier then hit 3-of-4 from the line, while Perry missed the front end of a bonus free throw for a 31-all tie. The score was tied again at 33, 35 and 38.
From there, the teams traded misses and turnovers before Gleason’s parade to the free-throw line began with 1:54 left to play. In the final two minutes, the Lady Dawgs connected on 9-of-10 free throws. Kim Edenfield nailed 5-of-6 attempts in that span, while Auvenshine and Frazier were both perfect on two charity shots. Edenfield’s last free throw gave Gleason its largest lead of the night, 47-40, and made it a three-possession game with 13 seconds left on the clock. The Lady Dawgs went on to celebrate a 47-41 upset and hand Peabody its first District 14-A loss this season.
Frazier topped all scorers with 20 points and hit 14-of-17 free throws. Auvenshine added 18 points and an 8-of-9 showing at the line. For PHS, Perry ended with a team-high 18 points.
In the late game, the Gleason and Peabody boys traded baskets at a furious pace in the first quarter. Unfortunately for the host Bulldogs, the Golden Tide continued to score at will in the second quarter, while the Dawgs managed just six points on the way to a 79-52 loss to Peabody.
In the first quarter, points piled up quickly, but so did fouls for Gleason center Ben Sumner. He quickly found himself on the bench with two fouls, leaving the Dawgs to battle on the boards without him. Colin Bennett had the hot hand early for GHS, scoring seven of the team’s first nine points. Among those Bennett scores was a trey that put the Dawgs on top 9-7 with 4:33 left in the quarter.
However, the Tide forced consecutive turnovers with its press and rapidly built a seven-point lead, 16-9. A Ben Rollins 3-pointer snapped Peabody’s outburst, but Raphael Miller answered with a 3-ball. Gleason guard Cody Ezell drilled a 16-footer with a hand in his face to beat the first horn and cut the Tide lead to 23-18.
Ezell’s steal and layup sliced the gap to three, 23-20, in the first minute of the second frame. Peabody responded with a 24-4 run for the rest of the quarter and a 47-24 halftime lead and was never threatened. The Tide was ahead 56-35 after three quarters.
GHS was topped by Bennett’s 17 points with Preston Frazier adding 10 points. Peabody was led by Miller’s 19 points.
Jan. 22 at Gleason
Peabody (41) — Rakeshia Perry 18, Anthonique Burnett 7, Laquita Luten 4, Roechelle Bolden 4, Jennilynn Rodamaker 3, Dynistia Johnson 3, Alexi Hamm 2.
Gleason (47) — Jenna Frazier 20, Riley Auvenshine 18, Kim Edenfield 5, Camille Cooper 3, Ashley Coble 1.
3-pointers: Peabody — none; Gleason — Auvenshine (2), Cooper.
Records: Peabody 15-5 (14-1 District 14-A); Gleason 14-7 (9-5 District 14-A).
Peabody (79) — Raphael Miller 19, Robert Yancy 13, Darius Norris 8, Tywonn Myers 7, Hunter Whitby 6, Corbin Branson 6, Tyler Ramsey 5, Dalton Craddock 5, Steven Williams 3, Avery Andrews 3, Braxton Miller 2, Payton Foster 2.
Gleason (52) — Colin Bennett 17, Preston Frazier 10, Ben Rollins 7, Cody Ezell 6, Evan Orr 4, Ben Sumner 4, Ryan Richardson 2, Dalton Andrews 2.
3-pointers: Peabody — Branson (2), Whitby, Williams, Miller, Andrews, Craddock; Gleason — Bennett (4), Frazier, Rollins.
Records: Peabody 13-6 (10-4 District 14-A); Gleason 3-18 (1-13 District 14-A).