Lady Lions can’t hold momentum
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:03 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Coming off a big win against Big Sandy on Friday night, Dresden looked to keep its momentum going Saturday at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Troy at the Obion County Central High School.
However, Munford was also looking to build on a three-game winning streak.
Momentum stayed with the Lady Cougars as they pulled out a 44-39 squeaker against the Lady Lions.
With the score tied at 35-all and 1:53 to play in the game, Munford’s Shaliyah Wiggins converted a three-point play for the lead.
Baskets by Carrie Hatchel and Allie Phllips twice pulled Dresden to within one, but both times Munford answered at the line as Wiggins and Robneisha Lee each connected twice at the line.
The Lady Lions inbounded the ball following Lee’s free throws but could not get down the court to get an open shot.
Munford regained possession after a turnover and was quickly fouled. Lee hit both free throws with five seconds left to put the game out of reach.
The Lady Lions missed some golden opportunities from the free throw line during the game, but only made 10-of-19 attempts. Dresden had four free throw attempts in the third period but missed all four.
“That was in a stretch were we had some trouble scoring in the third,” Dresden head coach Jonathan West said. “When you go to the line and miss the front end of a free throw, that is like a turnover. We are better shooters from the free throw line. That was the key to game. If we make a couple of those, I really I think we would had a better chance at winning this game.”
The Lady Lions got off to a good start in the game, leading 10-6 at the end of the first period and led 19-16 by halftime.
Amy McAlpin gave the Lady Lions their biggest lead of the game with just under five minutes to play in the first half with a 2-point jumper to make the score 19-11.
Dresden used a zone defense in the second half to keep Munford on the outside, but the Lady Cougars hit some big baskets from the perimeter to keep the game close.
“We didn’t challenge the shooters a couple of times and we are out there beside and didn’t have a hand up. They hit two or three 3-pointers and one of those was a huge one. We knew they were a good outside shooting team,” West said.
Dresden was led by McAlpin and her 10 points.
Wiggins scored the game-high 13 for Munford.
Dresden, which defeated Big Sandy 70-47 behind 28 points from McAlpin, 15 from Alex Glisson and 11 from Hatchel, now stands at 4-3 overall.
Munford improves 4-6.
Dresden hosts McKenzie tonight.
Published in The WCP 12.13.11