Both Bulldogs’ teams finish up with losses
Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 12:03 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Both Gleason squads came up empty in the final day of the 47th Annual Lions Club Christmas Tournament Thursday with the girls losing 39-29 to South Fulton and the boys falling to Milan 64-30.
The Lady Bulldogs are 6-7 on the season and Bulldogs are 1-12. Both teams will resume District 13A play when they host Huntingdon tonight at 6.
Gleason was never able to get on track against the Red Devilettes in the game for fifth place. South Fulton got the early lead and never relinquished it.
The Red Devils (8-5) opened up a seven-point lead in the first period and extended it to 12 by halftime. Gleason cut the lead to six on three different occasions in the second half, but they could get no closer to South Fulton.
Poor shooting haunted the Lady Bulldogs throughout the game as they went 9-of-27 from the field and 11-of-20 from the line.
“That is what hurt us in the game,” Gleason head coach Joel Ayers said. “You can’t win if you can’t get the ball to go through the basket. We had our chances at the line but were not able to take advantage of it.”
Briana Jordan was the only Lady Bulldog player to score in double figures with 12 points, which was also the game-high. Jordan was also named to the all-tournament team. Taleeah Cross scored 11 for South Fulton.
The Bulldogs had perhaps one of its best halves of the season Thursday against Milan in the first half. But Milan (2-11) was able to pull away from Gleason after Alex Hahn hit a jumper at the beginning of the third period to pull Gleason to within two points.
Milan went on a 15-4 run to open up a 31-18 lead after Hahn’s basket and then outscored Gleason 28-8 in the final period.
What got Gleason into trouble in the second half were turnovers. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 21 times in the second half and 31 for times for the game. Gleason also gave up several easy shots to Milan in the lane.
“We gave way too many baskets in the lane,” Gleason head man Jamie Roney said. “We’ve got to defend better than that in the lane. We can’t give that many uncontested shots. With 31 turnovers, I don’t care who you are playing; when you make 31 turnovers you are not going to win the basketball game. We had 10 in the first half and 21 in the second half and I told the kids we were trying to force too much.”
Thomas Fowler led Gleason with none points with Austin Perry and Ethan Terrell each scoring seven. Trey Belew had a game-high 21 for Milan. Published in The WCP 1.3.12