By Sara Reid
Taking over — Lady Falcon Sarah Wallace tries to slow Dresden’s Erica Glisson (right) Tuesday night. Glisson hit the winning free throws with less than a second left to play.
Special to The Press
A furious comeback by the Dresden Lady Lions was completed at the line as Erica Glisson hit two free throws with less than a second left on the clock to defeat the Lake County Lady Falcons, 57-55, Tuesday night in Dresden.
The Lake County boys, the No. 4 team this week in the Class A poll, made it a split by downing the host Lions 81-62.
The Lady Falcons got off to a quick 9-0 start. Stefanie Riggs broke the run with a 3-pointer, but two straight threes from Sarah Wade and Queenie Jordan gave Lake County a 15-4 lead. DHS senior Lacie Kelley caught fire at the end of the first quarter and hit a pair of threes to make the score 15-10 in favor of LC.
Lake County opened the second quarter by hitting two long distance shots to increase the lead back to double digits, 21-10, but Dresden stayed close thanks to 3-pointers from Riggs and Kelley. With 1:30 left before the half, the Falcon lead had closed to five, 29-24, but Wallace was fouled on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer and sank all three free throws to give Lake County a 32-24 halftime advantage.
In the third quarter, the scoring went back and forth with Lake County threatening to grab large leads and Dresden answering the challenge. A layup by Breanna Dubruiel cut the DHS deficit to five, 39-34, with just over a minute left in the quarter and it stayed that way until the end of the third frame.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Falcons found success with give-and-go plays. With just over four minutes left and both teams in the bonus, Riggs hit a layup to bring the Lady Lions to within five, 47-42. The Lady Falcons answered with a layup from Jordan and had a chance to pad its lead, but Marlee Mason made a crucial steal and basket with 2:32 left to make the score 49-44. Tarrida Abbott was sent to the line where she made 1-of-2 free throws, but Glisson answered with a 3-pointer to bring Dresden within three points, 50-47. Jordan hit 1-of-2 free throws, but this time Riggs answered with a three and with 1:43 left, the score was 51-50 in favor of Lake County. Two Wallace freebies cushioned the edge to three, 53-50, but Glisson hit a pair of free throws to trim the gap to one.
With 1:07 left, Wallace connected on 1-of-2 free throws to give Lake County a two-point edge, but Kelley connected from long distance with 40 seconds on the clock to give Dresden a 55-54 lead. Lady Falcon Renita Kinney was sent to the line with 21.9 seconds left and, hitting 1-of-2 free throws, tied the score at 55, but Glisson was fouled on a drive with 0.7 seconds left to play. Calmly sinking both free throws, the junior point guard sealed the comeback and the district win for Dresden, 57-55.
Riggs led Dresden with 13 points. Both Kelley and Mason had 12 and Glisson had 11. Wallace’s 18 led Lake County.
In the second contest, the Lions stayed close to the visitors through the first half, but fell behind in the third quarter and eventually lost, 81-62.
Though the Falcons started off hot from behind the arc, Dresden used balanced scoring from Matt McCulley and Tyson Wright to keep the visitors from taking an insurmountable lead. A McCulley layup at the buzzer made the first quarter score 20-18 in favor of the visitors.
The second quarter opened with another McCulley layup for a 20-all tie. Patrick Roberson hit a 3-pointer for the Falcons, but a pair of Wright free throws made the score 23-22. Lake County, however, again found the range and at the half had increased its lead to 10, 45-35.
Holding the Lions to just five points in the third frame, the visitors built a 24-point cushion, 64-40, at the end of three. Though DHS out-scored Lake County 22-17 in the final frame, the visitors took an 81-62 win.
As a bright spot for the Lions, with 52.6 seconds left in the contest, a breakaway jam from Wright gave him 1,000 career points. He finished the game with a team-high 23 points.
Roberson led LC with 32 points including seven threes.
Jan. 22 at Dresden
Lake County (55) — Sarah Wallace 18, Queenie Jordan 17, Renita Kinney 14, Tarrida Abbott 4, Hope Ross 2.
Dresden (57) — Stefanie Riggs 13, Lacie Kelley 12, Marlee Mason 12, Erica Glisson 11, Meagan Pittman 5, Breanna Dubruiel 4.
3-pointers: Lake County — Jordan (3), Wallace, Abbott; Dresden — Kelley (4), Riggs (3), Glisson.
Records: Lake County 5-9 (4-7 District 14-1A); Dresden 14-7 (9-4 District 14-1A).
Lake County (81) — Patrick Roberson 32, Channin Geanes 22, Tremaine Abbott 10, Russell Avery 6, David Keefe 4, Demetrius Pierce 3, Carlos Young 2, Calius Hackett 2.
Dresden (62) — Tyson Wright 23, Matt McCulley 11, Daniel Harris 8, Justin Hatler 6, Obrien Washington 6, Eric Evans 4, Austin Evans 2, Dwayne Bailey 2.
3-pointers: Lake County — Roberson (7), Geanes (4), Abbott (2), Pierce; Dresden — Washington (2), McCulley.
Records: Lake County 19-3 (11-2 District 14-1A); Dresden 6-15 (2-11 District 14-1A).
Jan. 18 at Trenton
Dresden (34) — Marlee Mason 10, Erica Glisson 9, Lacie Kelley 8, Breanna Dubruiel 4, Stefanie Riggs 3.
Peabody (43) — Anthonique Burnett 15, Rakeshia Perry 14, Jennilynn Rodamaker 6, Alexi Hamm 2, Calandra Luten 2, Marrine Johnson 2, Roechelle Bolden 2.
3-pointers: Dresden — Glisson (2), Riggs; Peabody — Burnett (3).
Records: Dresden 13-7 (8-4 District 14-A); Peabody 14-4 (13-0 District 14-A).
Dresden (63) — Tyson Wright 25, Matt McCulley 14, Dimarko Jones 6, Justin Hatler 5, Eric Evans 4, Obrien Washington 4, Daniel Harris 3, Austin Evans 2.
Peabody (72) — Robert Yancy 17, Raphael Miller 13, Darius Norris 10, Korensky Simpson 9, Tyler Ramsey 9, Tywonn Myers 8, Hunter Whitby 3, Steven Williams 3.
3-pointers: Dresden — McCulley (4), Harris; Peabody — Norris (2), Simpson (2), Ramsey (2), Williams, Miller, Whitby.
Record: Dresden 6-14 (2-10 District 14-A); Peabody 12-6 (9-4 District 14-A).