Lady Bulldogs rolling in 2011; Gleason boys fall in overtime
Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:02 am
After having started off the 2010 season in topsy-turvy fashion with adjustments in moving veteran players into new positions and finishing the calendar year with losses in the Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament, Gleason has put together a three-game winning streak to start 2011 and move itself atop the District 13-A standings.
Beginning on Jan. 4, the Lady Bulldogs knocked off then co-district leader Huntingdon, surprised Bradford with a two-point defeat on Jan. 6 in non-district action and recorded another district victory, 49-41, Friday night in McKenzie.
The Gleason boys nearly earned their first district win of the season, but the host McKenzie Rebels took control in overtime to edge the visiting Bulldogs, 53-44.
At the home of the Rebels, the Lady Bulldogs opened the contest tentatively in the first quarter. Briana Jones put up the first points inside, but the Lady Rebels were ready with an answer and Crystal Doub was hot from the field. Jones scored inside again and Camille Cooper added a three to put Gleason up 7-2, but the visitors couldn’t muster another bucket for the rest of the quarter and into the second as the Lady Rebels went on a tear and built a 14-7 advantage early in the second frame.
Sara Hensley ended the Lady Bulldog scoring drought with a jumpshot at the 5:30 mark and the rest of the Gleason players took their cue from her as both Hensley and Ashley Coble nailed a pair of threes and Cooper added a layup to surge Gleason ahead, 23-22, at the half.
Jones put the Lady Bulldogs on her back in the third and scored 12 points to bump the lead up to four, 38-34, after three quarters and Cooper scored five in the fourth to McKenzie’s seven total points to secure the 49-41 victory.
Jones led all scorers with 20 points. Both Hensley and Cooper scored 10. Doub put up 16 for the Lady Rebels.
Gleason gave the Rebels all they could stand in the second game and nearly picked up its first district win, but McKenzie outlasted the Bulldogs in overtime for the 53-44 victory.
Austin Perry scored the first two points for Gleason and two long-distance shots from Ben Rollins pushed the Bulldogs out to a 9-5 advantage. Rollins was coming off a 22-point effort the night before against Bradford. Among those 22 points was the 1,000th of his high school career. A Hunter Lowe trey closed the gap to one, but the visitors finished strong and held a 12-8 lead after one.
McKenzie caught fire in the second quarter, however, and as the points racked up for the Rebels, the baskets slowed down for the Bulldogs. Led by six points from Trevor Willis, the home team outscored the visitors, 14-4, for the quarter and took a 22-16 lead into the break.
Trading baskets through the first few minutes of the third quarter, the Bulldogs cut the lead to three on a Rollins 3-pointer and narrowed the gap to two, 30-28, at the 2:53 mark. Perry scored inside to tie the contest and the visitors regained the lead, 31-30, on a free throw from Dakota Parsons. Curtis Broadbent put the Rebels back in the lead with a steal and layup and MHS escaped the third with a one-point edge, 32-31.
With both teams passing a one-point advantage back and forth in the final frame, Gleason saw breathing room with two minutes and change on the clock when Blake Taylor drove in for a layup to make the score 41-38 in favor of the visitors. Lowe hit both free throws of a bonus situation, however, and the Dawg lead shrank back to one. A Tanner Trevathan free throw made it a two-point game, 42-40, but with 14.2 seconds remaining, Max Arnold hit the tying layup. Gleason took possession with seven seconds and a chance to win.
Taylor drove to the hoop, was whistled for a charge and time expired with a tie.
In overtime, Gleason only managed two points from Rollins and McKenzie scored 11 to put the contest out of reach, 53-44.
Lowe led the Rebels with 13 points. Willis and Arnold scored 11 each. Rollins put up 18 for Gleason in the loss.
Jan. 7 at McKenzie
Jan. 6 at Gleason
Jan. 4 at Huntingdon