Early deficits don’t trip Lady Dawgs, Jackets
Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 12:02 am
Both squads overcame first-quarter scoring issues to take wins over their county rivals on Monday night in Gleason.
The Gleason girls allowed the game’s first 12 points to the visiting Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets before picking up their defensive effort to win 41-31.
In the boys game, the host Bulldogs raced out to a 7-2 lead. Their advantage was short-lived as the Jacket offense exploded for a 19-4 run that keyed them to a 70-32 victory.
In the early game, it appeared the Greenfield girls were quickly on their way to a repeat performance of their easy 41-21 win over Gleason. The Lady Jackets used their inside tandem of Emily Randolph and Shameilla McMullen for eight of those first dozen points. Jordan Galey had the other four points. The Lady Jackets worked the high-low pass to perfection with McMullen and Randolph taking turns gaining an assist.
Gleason head coach Joel Ayers called two timeouts to try to slow the flow of Lady Jacket points flickering across the scoreboard. The first break in play did little to stem the Greenfield tide. The second timeout proved to be a game-changer.
On the ensuing possession, Gleason’s Briana Jones put in a layup for the first Lady Bulldog points at the 2:28 mark. Jones then stripped Galey of the ball at midcourt and raced in for a layup. Fouled on the play, she converted the free throw to trim the gap from a dozen to seven, 12-5.
A defensive rebound allowed Gleason to cut further into the lead with another Jones basket.
Greenfield ended the 7-0 Lady Dawg run with a late McMullen layup to lead 14-7 after a quarter.
Lady Jacket turnovers early in the second quarter allowed Gleason to creep closer. Jones added two free throws and Ashley Coble hit a close jumper and a 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game, 16-14, with nearly five minutes to play in the half.
Greenfield added a McMullen 4-footer, but the Lady Dawgs didn’t score again over the quarter’s final 4:40 due to turnovers.
Finally, with 7 seconds to play in the half, Jones drew another trip to the free-throw line. She hit the first, but missed the second. Unfortunately for the Lady Jackets, they neglected to block out Jones, who grabbed her own miss and put it back in to cut the Greenfield lead to a point, 18-17, at halftime.
After a Randolph layup on the first possession of the third, Greenfield went silent as the Lady Dawgs denied passes into the paint and forced turnovers. Consecutive baskets by Jones gave Gleason its first lead, 21-20, with 4:14 to play in the third.
The score remained the same until Camille Cooper dropped in a 3-pointer to boost the Lady Dawgs’ advantage to four, 24-20, in the quarter’s final minute.
With possession to begin the fourth, Coble drove the baseline and found Alex King open at the free-throw line for a jumper and a 26-20 Lady Bulldog edge.
McMullen had a quick answer for the Lady Jackets, but Jones responded for Gleason to put the gap back at six, 28-22.
Greenfield never got closer than five the rest of the way as Gleason took care of business at the free-throw line. Sara Hensley hit a pair at the two-minute mark and Cooper connected on all eight of her tries in the final 1:42 to seal Gleason’s 41-31 win.
Jones topped all scorers with 18 points. Cooper finished with 11 for Gleason Randolph’s 11 led Greenfield scorers.
In the boys game, Gleason struck early with two Thomas Fowler free throws, a Gabe Lowrance layup off a Ben Rollins assist and then a Rollins trey.
After that everything went the Jackets’ way thanks to a strong showing on the boards on both ends. Seven Jackets scored in the quarter. Tony Robinson provided a late spark with a fastbreak layup and a 3-ball at the buzzer as Greenfield led 21-11 after a frame.
Heath Crouse and Tyler Jones each tallied seven points in the second quarter as Greenfield’s lead hit a first-half peak of 23 points, 42-19, on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Wes Clark.
Rollins drilled his second trey just before the horn for a 42-22 halftime score in favor of the Jackets.
Greenfield outscored the Dawgs 19-5 in the third for a 61-27 lead heading into the final stanza en route to the 70-32 win.
Robinson and Crouse topped all scorers with 14 points, while Lowrance led the Dawgs with 10 points.
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