Lady Falcons’ pressure wears down Dresden

Lady Falcons’ pressure wears down Dresden

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:02 am
By: Stephanie Sturgis – Weakley County Press Sports Editor

Lady Falcons’ pressure wears down Dresden

Get Open — Lady Lion senior Jesica Parsley (right) looks for a teammate to pass to during Dresden’s Region 7-A semifinal loss to Lake County on Monday night in Atwood. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
It’s impossible to make progress when going in reverse.
The physical, high-intensity defense of the Lake County Lady Falcons kept the Dresden Lady Lions on their heels and retreating throughout their Region 7-A semifinal contest Monday night in Atwood.
With its defense taking a toll, Lake County doubled its lead in the fourth quarter and earned the 57-37 victory to end the Lady Lions’ season. The Lady Falcons advance and will next face the Bradford Lady Red Devils, who edged Union City, 46-45, in their semifinal, in the title game at 7 on Wednesday evening in Atwood.
Lake County’s accuracy from behind the 3-point arch also played a role in Dresden’s demise. With the Lady Lions focused on keeping Miss Basketball finalist T.T. Flowers in check, the Lady Falcons repeatedly found an open teammate on the perimeter and the result was often an addition of three points to their side of the scoreboard.
Ten seconds into the game, Brooke Horton hit the first of her four 3-pointers. Dresden’s Alex Glisson drove in for a layup and Amy Reddick drilled a shot from behind the arch to put the Lady Lions on top, 5-2, 92 seconds into the contest.
From that point, the Lady Falcons reeled off the next 14 points to take a lead they never relinquished. After Carnation Hart knotted the score at five all on a stickback, Dresden turnovers in four of their next five possessions allowed Lake County to take control. Horton swished back-to-back 3-balls and Flowers drove in for a jumper. With the 13-5 lead and possession, Lake County held the ball for the quarter’s final 1:39. Lake County’s Shamon Pearson missed a trey at the first horn.
Pearson made up for that miss by scoring the first bucket of the second frame with a 3-ball from the left corner for a 16-5 lead two minutes into the quarter.
Dresden ended an 8:39 drought when Glisson broke the press and nailed a 6-footer. Glisson sliced the DHS deficit to seven, 16-9, with a driving layup at the 5:23 mark.
The Lady Falcons pushed it back to double digits with a Lashasta Bolden trey. The Lady Lions never trailed by single digits again the rest of the game. At halftime, Lake County led 23-13.
The Lady Falcons posted the first five points of the third as Flowers scored on a pretty spin in the paint for a layup and Horton nailed her fourth 3-pointer.
Jessica Jones and Reddick sandwiched 3-pointers  around a Bolden trey  to keep hope alive in the Lady Lions, trailing 31-19. Jones, who scored eight of her team-high 11 in the third, closed the quarter with a buzzer-beating trey to slice the Lake County lead to 10 at 34-24.
An 8-2 LC run to begin the fourth put the Lady Lions into desperation mode. The Lady Falcons hit 14-of-18 free throws in the fourth to ice the 57-37 victory.
The game was the final one for  DHS seniors Amy Reddick, Jesica Parsley and Allie Phillips.

Region 7-A Tournament
Quarterfinal
Feb. 28 at Atwood
GIRLS
Lake County (57) — Brooke Horton 14, T.T. Flowers 11, Lashasta Bolden 11, Shamon Pearson 10, Carnation Hart 8, Tiana Gray 3.
Dresden (37) — Jessica Jones 11, Alex Glisson 10, Amy McAlpin 8, Amy Reddick 6, Jesica Parsley 2.
3-pointers: Lake County — Horton (4), Bolden (3), Pearson; Dresden — Reddick (2), Jones (2).
Records: Lake County 30-3, Dresden 22-9.

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