Gleason teams can’t keep up with SF

Gleason teams can’t keep up with SF

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 6:28 am

Gleason teams can’t keep up with SF | Gleason teams can’t keep up with SF
By RANDY CAVIN
Press Sports
A third period comeback was not enough for the Gleason girls’ team Tuesday night in a defeat to South Fulton.
In the boys’ game, it was the youthfulness and inexperience that showed its head in a blowout loss to South Fulton.
The Lady Bulldogs found themselves down by 12 points in the third period before closing the gap to one point before bowing out to South Fulton (3-2) 59-42, dropping to 1-3.
With the Bulldogs, there was no comeback in sight as they fell too far behind early in the game against the Red Devils (3-1), taking a 64-22 defeat and going to 0-4 on the season.
SF 59, Gleason 42 (G)
The Lady Bulldogs showed their mettle Tuesday night by making a gallant comeback in the third period after being down 12 points with 4:02 to play in the period.
Gleason got one of SF’s best players into foul trouble with her overly-aggressive play at the 4:26 mark. Taleeah Cross of SF picked up her fourth foul with 4:26 to play in the third.
That gave Gleason an opening to get something done on offense.
With 4:02 to play, Calay Smith was fouled, putting Gleason in the bonus. She hit both free throws to start a nine-point run that took 1:45 off of the clock. Jasmine Taylor hit a short jumper followed by Brianna Jones making a pair of free throws to make the score 36-30. Jones had a team-high 18 points.
Jacklyn Montgomery went to block a shot from the back of a Devilette under the goal, leading to a technical foul on SF head coach Curt Lee.
Jones hit the technical shot, making the score 36-33. Then, with 2:15 left in the third, she got the Lady Bulldogs to within one point with a shot under the basket. Montgomery finished with 14 points for Gleason.
The Lady Bulldogs would get no closer, though, as the Devilettes went on a 13-point run to dash any hopes of a Gleason victory.
“We fought hard and got back in the game. We got to within one point and then it was the same things later in the second half that got us in trouble in the first half. We didn’t handle the ball well or block out too well,” Gleason head coach Joel Ayers said.
Gleason got down 16-8 at the end of the first period and 32-21 by halftime. South Fulton used a pressure defense to trap the Lady Bulldogs in the first period and caused seven turnovers. But Gleason used SF’s aggressiveness to force the Devilettes into early foul trouble in the first period with six fouls. Gleason was already in the bonus 45 seconds into the second period.
SF 64, Gleason 22 (B)
Things got ugly rather fast for the Bulldogs as the Red Devils came out from the starting gate using an aggressive and sometimes smothering defense to put Gleason into an early hole.
“I thought we hustled throughout the game. We didn’t keep our composure when things got rough. I told the guys in the locker room that we’ve got to develop a mental toughness so that whenever things go wrong we don’t automatically fold the tent and try to blame each other or blame anything else,” Gleason head coach Jamie Roney said.
The Bulldogs played in the second half with more intensity than they did in the first half despite the same scoring output (11 points) on both sides of the intermission
“I challenged them to come back out in the second half and fight because I didn’t see a lot of fight in them in the first half,” Roney said.
Gleason was led in points by Avery Orr with six.
 South Fulton was led by Clint Wells with his game high 14 points. Published in The WC 12.1.11

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