Fourth-quarter surge aids Lady Bulldogs
Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 10:43 am
By: Sara Rachels — Special to the Weakley County Pres
Leading after three quarters and holding the Lady Bulldogs to five points in both the second and third frames, McKenzie saw an opportunity to go for the throat of the District 13-A co-leader. Trouble was the Lady Rebels forgot to score in the fourth and Gleason pulled out the win, 34-27, to sweep the season series on Friday night in Gleason.
The McKenzie boys salvaged a split by downing the Bulldogs 48-39.
In the opener, speedy Travatia Bowden put four quick points in for the Lady Rebels while Gleason started cold. Briana Jones scored the first two for the Lady Dawgs with four-plus minutes on the clock and then added a free throw to cut the MHS lead to one. Once Jones broke the ice, Sara Hensley picked up the slack with nine of the Lady Bulldogs’ 14 first-quarter points. Gleason took the 14-9 lead into the second quarter, but fell into a two-quarter slump that fueled McKenzie’s confidence.
Kelsey Carr and Crystal Doub scored three points each for the Lady Rebels in the second. Ashley Coble scored all five GHS points and the hosts held a two-point edge, 19-17, at the break.
Encoring their less-than-stellar effort in the third, Gleason forfeited its lead as Carr scored four straight to open the frame. Bowden’s jumpshot increased the lead to four, 25-21, but Camille Cooper nailed a crucial three to cut the MHS edge to one. However, Gleason managed just five points and trailed 27-24 after three.
McKenzie smelled victory and sought to take advantage of the Lady Bulldogs’ low scoring, but the shoe proved to be on the other foot. The Lady Rebels couldn’t buy a basket and Jones scored four of Gleason’s 10 points to secure the 34-27 victory.
Both Jones and Hensley led Gleason with 11 points each. Bowden and Carr scored 10 each for McKenzie.
The last time the McKenzie and Gleason boys met on Jan. 7, an extra session was needed, but not this time. McKenzie demonstrated control from the beginning and won decisively, 48-39.
Thomas Fowler opened scoring for the Dawgs with a three, but McKenzie soon made up the deficit. With four points each from Shane Nunnery and Max Arnold, the Rebels raced to a 14-6 lead at the end of one.
Ben Rollins got on the board for Gleason in the second with four points. Gabe Lowrance added a hoop, but the Rebs remained steady. With four points from Hunter Lowe and Arnold, MHS pushed the lead to 26-12 at the break.
Rollins found the range in the third with eight of Gleason’s 11 points to cut the lead to 29-20 midway through the quarter. Trevor Willis scored four Reb points, though, and McKenzie led 35-23 after three.
Several Bulldogs stepped up in the fourth. Lowrance and Fowler scored five each to slim the lead to single digits. Blake Taylor supplemented with four points, but the Rebs closed out strong and ended regular-season play with a 48-39 win.
Lowe led the Rebels with 12 points. Rollins was high scorer for Gleason with 14.
Feb. 11 at Gleason
McKenzie (27) — Travatia Bowden 10, Kelsey Carr 10, Crystal Doub 3, Angelique Teague 2, Olivia Pate 2..
Gleason (34) — Briana Jones 11, Sara Hensley 11, Ashley Coble 7, Camille Cooper 5.
3-pointers: McKenzie — Doub, Carr; Gleason — Coble, Hensley, Cooper.
Records: McKenzie 11-11 (9-7 District 13-A), Gleason 19-6 (14-2 District 13-A).
McKenzie (48) — Hunter Lowe 12, Max Arnold 10, Shane Nunnery 8, Trevor Willis 8, Curtis Broadbent 6, Robert Taylor 4.
Gleason (39) — Ben Rollins 14, Thomas Fowler 8, Gabe Lowrance 7, Blake Taylor 7, Austin Perry 2, Chris Sumner 1.
3-pointers: McKenzie — Broadbent; Gleason — Fowler (2), Lowrance, Rollins.
Records: McKenzie 7-14 (6-10 District 13-A), Gleason 2-23 (1-15 District 13-A).