Dresden continues quest for dominance in district
Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 12:02 am
By Sara Rachels
Dresden continues its push for supremacy in District 13-A.
The latest obstacle in its path – the McKenzie Rebels – fell victim to both Lion squads this past Tuesday night in Dresden.
In the first contest, the Lady Rebels started hot and kept the Lady Lion scoring at bay with a successful zone defense. Both Travatia Bowden and Olivia Pate put up six points. Jessica Jones knocked down a three from the corner for Dresden and the buzzer sounded on a 12-7 first quarter for the visitors.
The combined efforts of Amy McAlpin and Alex Glisson pulled Dresden ever closer in the second. McKenzie maintained a one-point advantage at the half, 21-20, but appeared to be losing steam quickly.
Scoring remained close, but a three from Jones gave the lead back to Dresden, 27-25, with 3:15 left. Bowden and Jessica Parsley exchanged baskets, but McAlpin completed a three-point play and Amy Phillips scored in the paint to give Dresden a 34-29 lead after three.
Shots from Amy Reddick and McAlpin pushed the lead to nine – 38-29. McKenzie mounted a comeback, but ran out of time and Dresden ran out the clock and claimed the victory, 38-36.
McAlpin led all scorers with 13. Bowden scored 12 for McKenzie.
In the second contest, Dresden dominated early and found itself rarely challenged on the way to a blowout.
The first quarter saw all five starters contribute to the scoring. Jacob Vallee led with eight points and two threes, Gatlin Hatchel scored seven points, Daniel Harris had six and the Lions led 25-8 at the end of one quarter.
Letting up ever so slightly in the second, Dresden weathered a small storm of seven points from Hunter Lowe and six from Shane Nunnery. The Rebels held a 19-18 scoring edge for the quarter, but the Lions took a 43-27 lead at the break.
Never missing a beat in the third, Dresden held the Rebels to just six total points, scored 19 including three more three-pointers and raced ahead 62-33 after three quarters of play.
The bench finished off the job in the final quarter and the Lions rolled to their eleventh district win, 73-41.
Vallee led all scorers with 20 points. Tyler McPeak scored 14, Harris put up 13 and Hatchel had 10.
Both Lowe and Trevor Willis led McKenzie with nine points each.