Lady ’Dogs still a factor in district race
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Gleason girls proved why they are still a force to be dealt with, while the boys showed vast improvement Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs held Huntingdon to 11 second-half points and handed the Fillies (10-1, 6-1) their first defeat of the season 43-35 and improve their record to 7-7 overall and 5-2 in District 13A.
Even in defeat, the Bulldog boys (1-13, 1-6) made a great showing against the Mustangs, but time proved to be their worst enemy as the Mustangs (5-5, 5-2) held on for a 63-58 win.
Gleason will play on back-to-back nights starting tonight when both teams travel to Bradford in a non-district matchup and then host McKenzie Friday night District 13A action. Game time is 6 on both nights.
Gleason 43, H’don 35 (G)
Gleason used a stingy defense and timely shooting to give Huntingdon its first loss of the season and jump right into the thick of things in what is now becoming a tight race for District 13A bragging rights.
With the game tied at 24-all at the half, Gleason tightened up its zone defense and picked its spots on offense in the second half.
“It wasn’t perfect in everything we did, but we competed tonight, especially in the second half,” Lady Bulldogs skipper Joel Ayers said. “Defensively we did a lot better and the girls needed to show up and do what they are capable of doing and I think they did that tonight.”
Briana Jones scored nine of her game-high 14 points in the second half, and Alex King hit three big free throws in the final period, including one that made it a two-possession game with 38.8 seconds to play to give Gleason a 41-35 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs took the lead at the 6:14 mark in the third on a jump shot by Jones and never lost the lead after that. Jones also hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third period after the Lady Bulldogs ran off the final 45 seconds from the clock.
Jones also gave Gleason its biggest in the game at 38-32 with a shot under the rim.
In the first, the Fillies used a zone defense to keep Gleason from getting any good looks under the basket, but that did not seem to concern the Lady Bulldogs as they went 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
With Gleason able to hit the long shots in the first half, it caused the Fillies to come out and guard the perimeter in the second half. That gave Gleason the opening it needed to work the ball under the rim for some key baskets.
“We made more perimeter shots than we had been and that always makes things work a little better,” Ayers said. “When you make more perimeter shots, it makes it a lot easier to run the offense.”
Gleason out-rebounded Huntingdon 24-20 and shot 45 percent to Huntingdon’s 43 percent.
Gleason hit 6-of-11 from long range with each one being made by a different Lady Bulldog. Savannah Dodson led the Fillies with 13 points.
H’don 63, Gleason 58 (B)
The Bulldogs gave the Mustangs all they could handle Tuesday night and then some. But, time was on Huntingdon’s side as they went up by 13 with just over two minutes to play only to see Gleason pull to within four points with 32 seconds remaining.
The Mustangs hit three free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach and squeak out a win over a much-improved Bulldog team.
“I felt that we fought for four quarters,” Gleason head coach Jamie Roney said. “That was our one goal we had tonight. I wanted us to have fun and to compete and we did that for four quarters, but it is disappointing to lose this basketball game. We grew up a lot tonight. We came close to winning this game tonight.”
The Bulldogs had two player score in double figures with Alex Hahn scoring a game-high 19 and Austin Perry scoring 16.
Both players were instrumental in Gleason’s improved play with Perry providing the inside game and Hahn providing the outside threat with four 3-pointers.
“They played really, really well. Those two young men stepped up. We did midseason evaluations Monday and those are two guys I talked to about wanting to step their game up and they did it tonight in a big way,” Roney said.
Gleason shot 54 percent from the field and out-rebounded Huntingdon 28-18. Thomas Fowler scored seven and Ethan Terrell chipped in six for the Bulldogs.
The Mustangs were led in scoring by Dylan Poole’s 16 points. Published in The WCP 1.5.12