After break, Dresden runs away from ’Dogs
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:03 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Both Dresden squads used big runs to dominate in the second half of their wins over Gleason in a district and county rivalry twinbill Monday night.
Dresden’s girls scored the last 19 points of the game for a 48-29 win, while the Lion boys rolled to a 58-24 decision.
The Lady Lions held their county rival to eight points in the second half in improving to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in District 13A. Gleason falls to 4-4 and 2-1 in the district.
Dresden’s boys used a crippling defense and strong inside shooting in improving to 3-4 overall and 3-0 in the district while dropping the Bulldogs to 1-7 and 1-3.
Tonight, Dresden hosts McKenzie, and Gleason travels to Big Sandy.
DHS 48, Gleason 29 (G)
Jessica Jones provided a big chunk of Dresden’s second-half offense with 12 of her game-high 23 points, hitting two big 3-pointers in the third period.
The Lady Bulldogs looked to the inside game to get their offense going, but the Lady Lions allowed very few good looks at the basket. Dresden used the press to harass Gleason for much of the second half when Gleason inbounded the ball and dropped back into a zone coverage to keep Gleason from getting any easy points under the rim.
“We didn’t really do anything different defensively in the second half. We just quit fouling. When we play better defensively, we play better offense,” Dresden skipper Jonathan West said.
The Lady Bulldogs had trouble with matchups on the inside against the bigger Lady Lions. Dresden’s Allie Phillips used her size advantage against the smaller Lady Bulldogs to take control under the rim on both sides of the court. Dresden also used its quickness to try to speed the game up and create open shots on offense.
“We had a size advantage on the inside and we tried to use that to get some easy shots. We tried to speed them up a little bit and trap the a little bit to get them out of their comfort zone. We made up our mind to play better defensively,” West said.
Gleason’s Alex King was fouled under the rim while making shot, but missed the free throw to make it a 26-25 game.
That would be as close as the Lady Bulldogs could get in the second half, however, as Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start an 18-point run that ended with a Briana Jones basket with 5:29 to play in the game.
Both Jones and King led Gleason with 10 points.
DHS 58, Gleason 24 (B)
The Lions used a combination of size, pressure defense and key shooting to close the game on a 25-1 run. The Bulldogs went on a scoring drought that lasted 9:47.
Joseph Sipes led all scorers with huge a game for the Lions.
He scored 23 points and went 6-of-7 in the first half, which included three 3-pointers.
Center Tyler McPeak, playing in his first game of the season, and with only one day of practice, scored five points for the Lions. McPeak used his size to control the baseline and forced the Bulldogs into misfiring at the rim.
“It’s good to get them all out there. Tyler has only been with us since yesterday (Sunday) so he shot around a little bit. But he is awful rusty. They just have to play their way into shape and practice. We’ve got another game (tonight) so hopefully we can get better,” Lions head coach Tommy Dilday said.
“We weren’t happy with the way we defending in the first half and that was thing regardless of how we played offensively that we feel like we control. It was more of a mental adjustment than anything else.”
Chris Sumner led the Bulldogs in scoring with 10 points that all came in the first half followed by Tracy Perry with six.
Gatlin Hatchel added eight points for the Lions. Published in The WCP 12.13.11