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Dawg drought ends; GHS girls out-hustle Dyer Co.

Dawg drought ends; GHS girls out-hustle Dyer Co.

Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 12:02 am
By: Stephanie Sturgis – Weakley County Press Sports Editor

Dawg drought ends; GHS girls out-hustle Dyer Co.

Back Off — Gleason’s Blake Taylor (left) runs out of room on a drive during his team’s win over Hickman County on Tuesday in the 46th Annual Lions Club Christmas Tournament. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
Gleason basketball fans got a late Christmas present on Tuesday when both the Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs picked up wins in the 46th Annual Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament on Tuesday in Martin. Both Gleason victories came as a result of their out-hustling their opponent and scrapping for loose balls and rebounds.
For the Gleason boys, the 41-36 victory over the Hickman County Falcons from the Bluegrass State broke an 11-month drought and earned them a shot at fifth place in the tourney. Gleason will next play against Madison at 2:30 this afternoon (Thursday).
The GHS boys’ win snapped a 15-game losing streak that dated back to a 75-74 triumph over Big Sandy on Jan. 26 of this year. Tuesday’s tournament win came on the heels of their 65-30 loss to Fulton City on Monday night in the tourney’s first contest.
In their tournament opener, the Lady Bulldogs dominated the first half and took a 33-22 win over the Dyer County Lady Choctaws to place them in the semifinals. The Lady Dawgs faded in the fourth quarter and fell in semifinal action to Westview, 49-37, on Wednesday night and will play for third place vs. Madison at 4 p.m. today (Thursday). Details of the game vs. Westview will be in the Jan. 4 edition of The Press.
The GHS Bulldogs were out-manned in their tourney debut. Fulton City used a big run at the end of the first quarter and start of the second frame to create separation. Fulton City led 15-7 after a quarter and stretched the gap to 17 points, 29-17, at halftime using its size inside and quickness on the perimeter.
Ben Rollins and Austin Perry each scored eight points to lead Gleason.
The Gleason boys put the loss behind them and played with intensity and hustle to down Hickman County 41-36 in Tuesday’s game. Trailing 20-15 at halftime, the Dawgs turned things around in the third. Rollins and Thomas Fowler each hit big 3-pointers. Dakota Parsons kept a possession alive with a hustle play that turned into a Rollins layup for a 28-25 lead with a minute left in the third. Fowler put in a jumper and beat the buzzer with a 3-ball in the quarter’s final 23 ticks to excite the Gleason faithful and let the Dawgs carry a 33-27 lead into the fourth.
In the fourth, Gleason’s defense forced misses and turnover and the Dawgs hit just enough free throws to keep the Falcons at bay.
Rollins’ 15 points led GHS, while Fowler added 9.
In the Gleason girls’ win over Dyer County, Lady Dawg senior Sara Hensley had a huge second quarter with 10 of her game-high 16 points and numerous steals and rebounds. Hensley’s effort let Gleason stretch a 9-3 lead after a quarter into a 21-7 halftime advantage.
Dyer County’s third-quarter rally try was snuffed out by the Lady Dawg defense. Hensley added a late hoop to send Gleason into the fourth ahead 25-16 en route to the 33-22 win.

46th Annual Lions Club Christmas Tournament
Dec. 28 at Martin
GIRLS
Dyer County (22) — Eeonna Jackson 10, Tana Webb 7, Mallory Frank 5.
Gleason (33) — Sara Hensley 16, Briana Jones 10, Ashley Coble 5, Shawna Blassingame 2.
3-pointers: Dyer County — none; Gleason — none.
Records: Dyer County 4-8, Gleason 7-3 (4-1 District 13-A).

BOYS
Gleason (41) — Ben Rollins 15, Thomas Fowler 9, Blake Taylor 7, Austin Perry 5, Dakota Parsons 5.
Hickman County, Ky. (36) — DJ Muscavalley 17, William Jones 5, Kerian Thomas 4, Aaron Harpole 3, Ryan Harpole 3, Billy Speed 2, Alex Richards 2.
3-pointers: Gleason — Rollins (2), Fowler (2); Hickman County — Muscavalley (2), Jones.
Records: Gleason 1-110 (0-5 District 13-A).

Dec. 27 at Martin
BOYS
Gleason (30) — Ben Rollins 8, Austin Perry 8, Thomas Fowler 5, Dakota Parsons 4, Keaton Collins 3, Blake Taylor 2.
Fulton City, Ky. (65) — Vance Maze 19, Eric Kerney 15, Jordan Miller 7, Khalil Frame 6, Cheron Ingram 4, Devon Jackson 4, Josh Traylor 4, Michael Fountain 2, Matt Hastings 2, John Brown 2.
3-pointers: Gleason — Rollins, Fowler, Collins; Fulton City — Kerney (2), Maze.
Records: Gleason 0-10 (0-5 District 13-A).

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