Lady Lion win over Gleason forges district tie
Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 12:02 am
Dresden outscored the visiting Gleason Lady Bulldogs 20-7 in the final stanza to earn a 48-37 win and forge a tie for first in the District 13-A standings.
The Dresden boys made it a sweep despite a career night from Bulldog Thomas Fowler. The Lions earned an 81-54 win over Gleason.
In the girls game, the Lady Lions broke open a close game with key 3-pointers early in the fourth and then hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 68 seconds to seal the deal.
Gleason led most of the first quarter thanks to a trey from guard Camille Cooper and five points inside from Briana Jones.
Heading into the second stanza, the Lady Bulldogs were up 12-7 and stretched that lead to eight points on two occasions (15-7 and 19-11) before Amy McAlpin and Alex Glisson helped Dresden fight back. Glisson drilled a 3-pointer as part of her five consecutive points. Amy Reddick’s steal led to a McAlpin layup and a second GHS turnover allowed McAlpin to tie the score at the half (20-all) with an 8-footer that rattled in.
Back-to-back treys from Ashley Coble and Cooper put Gleason ahead 26-20, but later Dresden got consecutive 3-balls from McAlpin and Jessica Jones for a 28-all tie heading into the fourth quarter.
The 3-pointers continued to fall for Dresden. Reddick and Glisson sandwiched 3-balls around a Briana Jones old-fashioned 3-point play for a 34-31 DHS lead. Jessica Jones grabbed an offensive rebound and drove in for a layup. Jesica Parsley worked the ball inside off the dribble and earned a traditional 3-point play to extend the Lady Lion lead to 41-33 mid way through the fourth quarter.
Trailing, Gleason opted to foul and Dresden twice missed the first of one-and-ones, but the Lady Dawgs did not take advantage.
From there, Dresden’s Jones and McAlpin each hit four free throws to seal the 48-37 victory. Gleason took the first meeting, 44-30, on Dec. 13, 2010.
In the boys game, it appeared Dresden would run away with the victory early. The Lions led 22-3 after one quarter. Daniel Harris had seven points and Matt Beaty added six for DHS.
Gleason, which scored its first six points on free throws, tallied its first field goal on a Gabe Lowrance layup with 3:38 to play in the first half to cut the DHS lead to 26-10.
Then Fowler and teammate Ben Rollins went to work and trimmed the Lion lead to single digits, 36-27, with a minute left to play in the half. Fowler had nine points in the frame and Rollins put in seven.
Dresden answered with two daggers — a Joseph Sipes trey and a Harris halfcourt buzzer-beater to lead 42-27 at halftime.
Thanks to Fowler’s pesky defensive play and his 16 points in the second half, Gleason stayed in the game, but could not halt the depth and athleticism of the Lions, falling 81-54.
Fowler finished with 28 points, while Rollins totaled 15 for Gleason.
The Lions had four players in double digits topped by Harris’ 22 points. The other three Lions were Jacob Vallee (16), Tyler McPeak (16) and Beaty (12).
Feb. 1 at Dresden