Lady Dawgs hang on to down Dresden for title

Lady Dawgs hang on to down Dresden for title

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:31 am
By: Stephanie Sturgis – Weakley County Press Sports Editor

Lady Dawgs hang on to down Dresden for title

District champions — The Gleason Lady Bulldogs held off a rally and claimed the District 13-A Tournament title on Saturday night in Atwood. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
The Gleason Lady Bulldogs hit just enough free throws to fend off a rally try by rival Dresden in the District 13-A Tournament championship game Saturday night in Atwood.
Gleason connected on only half (6-of-12) of its fourth-quarter charity tries and 9-of-18 overall to take a 38-35 victory over the Dresden Lady Lions.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t finish better, but we held on. The key right now is we did enough to survive,” relieved Gleason head coach Joel Ayers said.
Dresden head coach Jonathan West kept reflecting back on his team’s deficit.
“We fought back, but we put ourselves in that position. We started the game with five straight turnovers. And those were unforced turnovers,” West noted.
Gleason took advantage of those early miscues for a 6-0 lead with four from senior Sara Hensley.
The Lady Dawgs carried an 8-4 lead into the second quarter. Gleason pushed its advantage to 11 at 16-5 on two Ashley Coble free throws with 3:16 left to play in the half.
Hensley got in foul trouble, and Ayers got good minutes from Jaclyn Montgomery and Shawna Blassingame. Dresden eventually took advantage of Hensley’s time on the bench and scratched back to within five by halftime, 16-11.
The Lady Lions got third-quarter treys from Amy McAlpin and Alex Glisson to slice the deficit to a point, 18-17, with 5:18 to play in the third frame.
Gleason had an answer for the run. Coble and Jones went to work on offense, and Dresden hurt its chances by committing back-to-back silly turnovers. The Lady Dawgs used the run to boost its lead back to nine, 30-21, after three frames.
In the fourth, Gleason still led by seven, 34-27, with 81 seconds left. Jessica Jones cut into that with a DHS trey. Applying their press, the Lady Lions forced a turnover and Jesica Parsley quickly put in a layup to make it a two-point game, 34-32, with a minute left.
Camille Cooper doubled the GHS lead to four with two free throws. McAlpin managed an old-fashioned 3-point play at the 41-second mark for a one-point deficit. The Lady Dawgs then hit 2-of-4 freebies leaving Dresden with a chance to tie. The Lady Lions passed up a shot and then turned the ball over to give Gleason the 13-A title.

District 13-A Tournament
Championship
Feb. 19 at Atwood
GIRLS
Gleason (38) — Ashley Coble 12, Briana Jones 10, Sara Hensley 7, Camille Cooper 4, Alex King 3, Jaclyn Montgomery 2.
Dresden (35) — Alex Glisson 9, Amy McAlpin 8, Allie Phillips 7, Amy Reddick 4, Jessica Jones 3, Kristen Childress 2, Jesica Parsley 2.
3-pointers: Gleason — Coble; Dresden — Glisson (2), Jones, McAlpin.
Records: Gleason 22-6, Dresden 21-8.

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