Ineffective first quarters were the downfall for both the Dresden Lady Lions and the Gleason Bulldogs as they fell in District 13-A action Tuesday night in Tater Town.
In Between — Dresden’s Tyler McPeak (center) is surrounded by Bulldog defenders Preston Frazier (left) and Austin Perry under the basket during the Lions’ 47-40 district victory over county rival Gleason on Tuesday night. Photo by Stephanie S
The Lady Lions scored on only two possessions in the opening frame on the way to a 53-33 loss to the host Gleason Lady Bulldogs, while the Gleason boys were held scoreless in the first quarter en route to a 47-40 loss to the Lions.
Both squads worked hard to form a comeback try, with the Dawgs managing to scramble into position to attempt a go-ahead shot in the third quarter, before ultimately falling.
In the boys game, the Lions had the advantage immediately in the first quarter. Dillon Matlock drained a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession.
Bulldogs Ben Sumner and Austin Perry battled hard in the paint on defense to keep Dresden’s interior game quiet, but Gleason’s silence on offense didn’t help the Bulldog cause. The Lions limited Gleason chances by not allowing offensive rebounds.
Dresden managed just a Tyler McPeak layup over the next five-plus minutes for a 5-0 lead before four different Lions combined to score eight points in the final 2:32 of the quarter for a 13-0 advantage.
The Lion lead stretched to 17-0 in the second quarter before Gleason’s Ben Rollins nailed a shot behind the 3-point arc with 5:43 to play in the first half. The Dawgs got 3-pointers from Preston Frazier and Gabe Lowrance, before a Rollins steal and layup just prior to the buzzer sliced the DHS advantage back to single digits, 23-15, at halftime.
The Dawgs kept the momentum to start the third frame. Cody Ezell hit a 3-pointer, and Rollins came up with another steal and layup to trim the gap to three at 23-20. After another DHS turnover, Lowrance grabbed an offensive rebound and drew a foul. The sophomore hit one of two free throws to make it a two-point game with 6:37 left in the third. A third consecutive Lion turnover gave the Dawgs an improbable chance to take the lead, but a jumper missed its target.
Lion Matt Beaty ended the Gleason run with a short jumper in the paint that ignited an 11-3 spree over the rest of the quarter to give Dresden a 34-24 lead heading into the fourth.
In the final frame, trailing 41-35 with five minutes left, Gleason squandered a huge opportunity when Matlock was whistled for a technical after another DHS foul in the paint. Gleason made only one of four free throws and did not score on the ensuing possession.
The Lions got four consecutive free throw from Gatlin Hatchel in a 30-second span to help seal the 47-40 win.
McPeak led Dresden with 12 points, while Rollins topped Gleason with 17 and Frazier added 10.
In the girls game, which was a battle for the top spot in District 13-A, the Lady Dawgs got balanced play from both the perimeter and the post and frustrated Dresden on drives into the paint for a 53-33 win.
“We took too many 3-pointers. Gleason does a good job of keeping you out of the lane,” DHS head coach Jonathan West said.
Gleason’s Jenna Frazier set the tone with a layup on the first possession. The Lady Dawgs got 3-pointers from Camille Cooper, Sara Hensley and Ashley Coble to go with an old-fashion 3-point play from Frazier in the opening frame.
The Lady Lions countered with a Courtney McMillin 3-point play and an Amy Reddick trey, but trailed 18-6 after a quarter.
Both defenses were in control in the second frame as only nine total points were scored. Gleason held a 22-11 lead at halftime.
The Lady Dawgs’ lead stretched to 16 on a Cooper 3-ball in the third, but Dresden worked it back to a 10-point gap, 32-22, on Alex Glisson’s trey with two minutes left in the third.
Heading into the fourth, Gleason led 35-24. The Lady Dawgs took care of business at the free-throw line, connecting on 10-of-11 shots to keep Dresden at bay for the 53-33 victory.
“We started well. I’d like to have done better in the second quarter, but our defense did better in not letting them get in the lane,” first-year GHS head coach Joel Ayers said.
Feb. 2 at Gleason
Dresden (33) — Alex Glisson 8, Kristen Childress 7, Allie Phillips 6, Courtney McMillin 4, Amy Reddick 3, Jessica Jones 3, Jesica Parsley 2.
Gleason (53) — Jenna Frazier 16, Camille Cooper 9, Sara Hensley 8, Ashley Coble 8, Taylor Stout 6, Kim Edenfield 6.
3-pointers: Dresden — Glisson (2), Reddick, Jones; Gleason — Hensley (2), Cooper (2), Coble.
Records: Dresden 14-8 (12-2 District 13-A), Gleason 19-2 (13-0 District 13-A).
Dresden (47) — Tyler McPeak 12, Dillon Matlock 9, Tyler Hawks 7, Matt Beaty 7, Alex Robinson 6, Gatlin Hatchel 4, Daniel Harris 2.
Gleason (40) — Ben Rollins 17, Preston Frazier 10, Ben Sumner 6, Gabe Lowrance 4, Cody Ezell 3.
3-pointers: Dresden — Matlock; Gleason — Rollins (3), Frazier (3), Ezell, Lowrance.
Records: Dresden 11-11 (9-5 District 13-A), Gleason 5-16 (4-9 District 13-A).
Jan. 19 at Gleason
West Carroll (42) — Morgan Woodard 19, Nikki Taylor 8, Darian Carter 6, Destenee Hays 3, Danielle Crocker 3, Tori Walker 3.
Gleason (64) — Jenna Frazier 11, Kim Edenfield 11, Camille Cooper 11, Sara Hensley 11, Taylor Stout 8, Ashley Coble 5, Briana Jones 4, Hollie Townes 3.
3-pointers: West Carroll — Carter, Hays; Gleason — Cooper (3), Frazier, Edenfield, Coble, Hensley, Townes.
Records: West Carroll 10-8 (7-4 District 13-A), Gleason 16-2 (10-0 District 13-A).
West Carroll (70) — Thomas Greer 27, Hayden McClain 9, Xavier Cunningham 8, Letrell Huff 7, Donavan Wolfe 7, Jamal Glenn 6, Tanner Coleman 6.
Gleason (45) — Ben Rollins 21, Blake Taylor 12, Ben Sumner 8, Gabe Lowrance 2, Austin Perry 2.
3-pointers: West Carroll — McClain (3), Greer (3), Coleman (2), Wolfe; Gleason — Rollins (7), Taylor.
Records: West Carroll 15-3 (10-1 District 13-A), Gleason 3-15 (2-8 District 13-A).