Revenge is particularly sweet for Dresden boys
Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:02 am
DRESDEN, Tenn. – Revenge always has a nice ring to it. Particularly when it comes on the home court of the victor and particularly when it helps pave the way to first place.
On Friday night, the Dresden Lions put away all memory of an early-season blip against the West Carroll War Eagles, poured on the points and came out on top, 85-72, for a crucial District 13-A win.
The Lady Lions helped make it a perfect evening with a 49-33 victory in the early game.
In the nightcap, with Daniel Harris leading the way with six points, the Lions blasted off to a 12-0 lead before the War Eagles could even get a shot up in the first quarter. Haden McClain broke the seal on the scoring for the visitors with a 3-pointer at the four-minute mark, but Dresden overwhelmed the War Eagles with a balanced scoring attack and a 24-7 lead at the end of one.
McClain caught fire for West Carroll in the second and scored the first five points to cut the lead to 24-12. Jamal Glenn chipped in with a seven-point effort and the combination of Glenn and McClain kept West Carroll in the game yet the visitors trailed 43-30 at the half.
Glenn picked up where he left off in the third and led West Carroll with 11 points, but 12 points from Harris widened the Dresden gap to 69-52 after three.
McClain and Glenn continued to breathe life into the War Eagles in the fourth with five baskets from long distance, but Tyler McPeak was overpowering in the middle and put the finishing touches on the Dresden win with 12 fourth-quarter points. The win avenged Dresden’s 65-62 loss on Dec. 3 that evened their district record to 1-1. Since then the Lions have reeled off eight consecutive triumphs over District 13-A foes. All those wins have been in convincing fashion with the closest a 12-point victory over Bruceton on Jan. 11. The DHS boys sit atop the district standings with a 9-1 record against conference foes and 14-5 overall. Clarksburg resides in second currently with an 8-1 record against district foes, their lone loss at the hands of the Lions. Bruceton is in third at 7-3, while the War Eagles sit in fourth with a 6-4 mark against district opponents.
Both Harris and McPeak led the Lions with 22 points. Beaty scored 14 and Vallee had 11. Glenn was high scorer for West Carroll 29 points and seven three-pointers. McClain had 21 points and six three-pointers.
Likewise, in the earlier game, the Lady Lions put away the Lady War Eagles, 49-33, to ink another district win on the board.
While the Lions had no trouble putting up two dozen points in the first quarter of the second game, both teams struggled to hit any kind of shot in the first quarter of the first contest. Jumpshots, 3-pointers, layups and free throws all eluded the bottom of the net, but Amy McAlpin scored five of Dresden’s total of seven and the Lady Lions led 7-4 after one quarter.
Scoring kicked into gear in the second frame and West Carroll cut the lead to one, 11-10, on a Darian Carter jumpshot, but the Lady Lions recorded baskets from six different players and Dresden led 19-13 at the half.
As McAlpin stayed hot, the Lady War Eagles cooled off in the third. Dresden’s freshman phenom scored seven points to West Carroll’s total of nine and the Lady Lion lead increased to 35-22 after three.
Needing only free throws to seal the victory, Dresden hit 14-of-17 at the line in the final quarter and walked away with a 49-33 win.
McAlpin led all scorers with 15 points. Jessica Jones scored 11 and Alex Glisson had 10 for DHS. Tori Walker was high scorer for West Carroll with nine.
Jan. 14 at Dresden