Lions reach Calloway title game
Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 12:03 pm
Dresden had a very good run in Murray … and then ran into a very good team.
The Lions posted wins over 63-39 over Fulton County and then 57-52 over host Calloway County before suffering an 88-41 loss to Hopkinsville in the championship game of the eight-team, two-day Murray Bank Laker Classic at Jeffrey Gymnasium last week.
Dresden earned its championship game spot Friday by winning twice on Thursday, opening with a blowout win over the Pilots. The Lions then rallied in the second half to stun the host school but were then overwhelmed by a loaded and athletic Hoptown team in the finals.
Dresden is now 6-3 and will play at Clarksburg tonight.
Dresden 63, Fulton Co. 39
The Lions took control early by scoring 13 of the first quarter’s 17 points on the way to an easy first-round win Thursday morning.
Tyler McPeak scored eight of his team-high 12 points in that opening period, and then Joseph Sipes had all of his 11 points in the second and third frames as Dresden widened its lead to 31-16 at the half and 49-25 at the end of three frames.
Austin Daniel also finished with 11 points for Dresden.
Octavious Smith scored 20 points for Fulton County, which went on to lose twice more in the tournament to finish eighth and fall to 1-10 on the year.
Dresden 57, Calloway 52
The Lions outscored the host team 32-21 in the second half to rally from a six-point halftime deficit and move into the championship game.
Daniel keyed the comeback by scoring all 12 of his points for the game after intermission. Dresden trailed 15-12 after one period and 31-25 at the half before Daniel began to heat up.
Sipes and Gatlin Hatchel led four Dresden players in double figures with 14 points apiece, Hatchel knocking down four 3-pointers, while McPeak added 10 points.
Michael Arnett scored a game-best 16 points, 12 coming in the first half, and Parker Adams finished with 13 points for the Lakers.
Calloway won the third-place game to up its record to 4-7.
Hoptown 88, Dresden 41
The Tigers, coming off a championship in the Paducah Christmas Tournament a week earlier, took control from the opening tip with their fullcourt trapping defense that forced the Lions into numerous turnovers throughout the game.
Hopkinsville (12-1) blew out to a 27-6 lead after one period and stretched that to 45-15 at the half and 67-23 after three periods. Even mass substitutions throughout the fourth period did not slow down the Tigers, who outscored Dresden 21-18 over the final eight minutes.
Jordan Majors led all players with 16 points, and Demarius Henry scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth period. Daniel had 11 points for the Lions. Hoptown hit 33-of-57 2-pointers and 6-of-14 threes, while Dresden was good on just 12-of-37 and 2-of-7, respectively.
Hoptown earned its title game spot with a 69-46 win over Mayfield and 73-64 decision over Fulton City.
Calloway County defeated Bradford 61-52, and Fulton City knocked off Hopkins County Central 73-64 on Thursday.
Friday, Mayfield topped HCC 66-49 and Bradford handled Fulton County 63-27 in the consolation semifinals with the Pilots whipping HCC 82-52 in the seventh-place game and Mayfield stopping Bradford 63-47 in the fifth-place game. Calloway edged Fulton City 54-53 in the third-place game. Published in The WCP 1.3.12