Late Dresden free throws end Lady Jacket season
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:02 am
In a game that had a near 50-minute delay at halftime for severe weather, Dresden never flinched. The Lady Lions nailed 17-of-18 free throws overall and 13-of-14 in the fourth quarter to down the visiting Lady Yellowjackets, 41-36, in the Region 7-A quarterfinals Thursday night at Dresden.
“It boiled down to they played better than we did. The thing they did was they never let us catch up because they executed and because they got the shots they wanted and hit their free throws,” Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan admitted.
“This is a huge accomplishment for our team. They’ve worked hard all year and prepared for this,” Dresden head coach Jonathan West noted.
Greenfield did have the upper hand in the first quarter thanks to hard work on the boards by Shameilla McMullen, a trey from Emily Allen and five points by Jordan Galey.
Dresden got four points from Alex Glisson and two points from freshman Amy McAplin to trail 9-6 after a quarter.
Glisson’s step-back 3-pointer evened the score at 9-all. Galey put the Lady Jackets briefly back on top with two free throws. Dresden then put in nine more points including a McAlpin trey and held GHS to three free throws to carry an 18-14 lead at the half.
When the second quarter ended, fans and players were instructed to leave the gym and find shelter in the school’s hallways due to the approaching storm.
After the lengthy delay, play resumed and the Lady Jackets continued to fight from behind, but each GHS tally was answered by a Dresden basket. Greenfield could not wrest the momentum nor the lead from the Lady Lions.
Two Galey free throws late in the third sliced the DHS lead to a point, 26-25, heading into the fourth.
Then the parade of Lady Lions to the free-throw line commenced. McAlpin hit all six of her attempts.
“Amy (McAplin) put us on her back tonight,” West said of his freshman who finished with a team-high 15 points.
Jesica Parsley, who came up with several big rebounds and defensive plays including drawing a charge against McMullen for her fourth foul in the fourth, was perfect in her four attempts. Glisson drilled 3-of-4 shots from the charity stripe in the fourth frame.
“Those free throws were huge. We hadn’t been to the line much before that, but I told the girls to go strong to the basket,” West said.
Greenfield stayed within striking distance but the Lady Lions never let them get on top en route to the 41-36 triumph.
Two Greenfield seniors — Emily Randolph and Jordan Galey — ended their high school basketball careers in the loss.
Region 7-A Tournament