With the top-seeded Martin Middle School Panthers and Lady Panthers enjoying a bye, the rest of the teams competing in the Weakley County Tourn-ament were busy on Saturday afternoon in Greenfield.
Reach out — Greenfield’s Zack Grooms (right) pulls in a rebound over Dresden’s Austin Maxey during a semifinal game in the Weakley County Tournament Saturday. Greenfield pulled out a 38-31 victory to advance.
Dresden Lady Lions 51
Sharon Lady Eagles 29
The No. 4 seeded Dresden Middle School Lady Lions pulled away in the second and third quarters to down the fifth-seeded Sharon Junior High Lady Eagles, 51-29.
Thanks to six points by Charelle Farris in the first quarter, Sharon enjoyed an 8-6 advantage after a frame.
The Lady Lions responded in the second quarter. Aubrey Riggs scored six of her team-high and career-high 14 points in the quarter. Six different DMS players tallied points in the frame as the Lady Lions out-paced Sharon 15-4 to carry a 21-12 into halftime.
Dresden increased its lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Eagles 22-3 to take complete control.
Sharon found its shooting touch again in the fourth quarter with 14 of its 29 total points. Magan Davis, Nay’Tashia ward and Catherine Mathews each scored 4 in the frame.
In addition to Riggs’ 14 points, Abigail Lockhart added 11 points for DMS.
With the win, Dresden advanced to take on Martin in Monday night’s semifinal.
Gleason Bulldogs 34
Sharon Eagles 9
The No. 5 seeded Sharon Junior High Eagles got off to a hot start, but the steady play of the Gleason Bulldogs, the fourth seed, allowed the team from Tater Town to pull away for a 34-9 victory.
Hunter Beal pitched in four points and Parker Beal added a deuce for Sharon in the early going of the quarterfinal match.
Gleason countered with seven first-quarter points from big center Austin Perry as the Dawgs edged out to a 9-6 lead after one quarter of play.
From that point on, the Dawg defense was determined and kept the Eagles off the scoreboard in both the second and third quarters.
The Gleason offense added six points — three each from Perry and Chase Ezell — in the second frame to carry a 15-6 lead into the halftime break.
Perry continued to punish the Eagles in the third quarter, adding six more of his game-high 16 points. The Dawgs also got contributions of a trey from Tanner Trevathan and two points each from Chris Sumner and Chris Savage to hold a 28-6 lead after three quarters.
Sharon lit the scoreboard again in the fourth with a Dakota Bowlin basket and a Parker Beal free throw, but Gleason answered with six points — two each from Dylan Reynolds and Michael Hudson and a freebie each from Dakota Parsons and Savage to earn the 34-9 victory.
With the win, Gleason earned the right to face Martin in Monday night’s semifinal.
Greenfield Lady Jackets 40
Gleason Lady Bulldogs 18
The Greenfield Junior High Lady Yellowjackets, the No. 2 seed, used a stifling defensive effort to eliminate the third-seeded Gleason Lady Bulldogs, 40-18, in semifinal action Saturday at Greenfield.
The Lady Jackets fullcourt press caused problems for Gleason, resulting in Lady Dawg turnovers.
The Greenfield girls took full advantage in the first quarter, limiting Gleason to a Briana Jones bucket in the first quarter, while tallying 10 points on their offensive end.
Both offenses struggled in the second quarter, but Greenfield still enjoyed a lead at the halftime break at 13-6.
The Lady Jackets reversed their offensive trend in the third frame, pouring in 19 points to Gleason’s 7. Rachel Roberts had the hot hand for Greenfield, pitching in 9 of her 12 points.
Jones tried to keep pace for Gleason with 7 of her team-high 12 points, but Greenfield still led 32-13 after three stanzas.
In addition to Roberts’ 12 points, Greenfield got 14 from Kalee Kesterson, including six free throws in the fourth as the Lady Jackets won 40-18.
With the victory, Greenfield advances to the tourney championship game at 6 on Thursday night at Greenfield.
Greenfield Yellowjackets 38
Dresden Lions 31
In the closest game of the afternoon, the Greenfield Junior High Yellowjackets, the tourney’s No. 2 seed, rallied past the third-seeded Dresden Middle School Lions, 38-31, in semifinal action on Saturday.
After trailing 16-15 at halftime, the Lions shut down Greenfield in the third quarter, limiting the Jackets to four points on hoops from Zack Grooms and Tony Robinson. While GJH was struggling, the Lion offense poured in 10 points with four each from Austin Maxey and Nathan Coleman to carry a 25-20 lead into the fourth.
A pretty 12-foot runner on the baseline by Miles Cavitt excited Greenfield’s fans and ignited an 11-3 run that put the Jackets in front 31-28 with 3:24 left.
Greenfield got two free throws each from Hunter Moore and Tony Robinson in the final 30 seconds to seal the 38-31 win.
Robinson led all scorers with 14 points for GJH, while Maxey scored 13 points followed by 10 from Coleman for Dresden.
With the win, the Jackets move on to the tourney title game at 7:30 on Thursday night at Greenfield.