Lions find strength in numbers
Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
The steamroller just keeps on going for Dresden.
Both Lion teams continued the march toward the District 13A regular season title with a sweep over Bruceton Tuesday night.
The Lady Lions proved their bite was much more ferocious than the Lady Tigers with a convincing 61-23 win, improving to 11-5 overall and 7-1 in the district. Bruceton dropped to 1-14 and 1-7 in the district.
The Dresden boys, meanwhile, needed a big third quarter to remain undefeated in the district with a 74-63 win.
Tyler McPeak led the way for the Lions, scoring 25 points, including the 1,000th point of his high school career. Dresden now sits at 11-4 and 8-0 in district action, while Bruceton falls to 7-6 and 5-3.
Both Dresden squads will look to keep their momentum going Friday night when they travel to West Carroll.
DHS 61, Bruceton 23 (G)
The Lady Lions jumped all over Bruceton in the first half as they outscored the inexperienced Lady Tigers 36-10 and kept the train going in the second half.
Jessica Jones and Amy McAlpin led the way for Dresden, each sharing the game-high 13 points. Alex Glisson came off the bench to score six points, hitting twice from behind the arc. It was her first game back since she aggravated a previous knee injury against Bradford back on Dec. 20.
“Alex said she is feeling pretty good,” Lady Lions head coach Jonathan West said. “It is standard that we ice it after each time after a game and after a practice. We’re going to have to limit her and gauge her to make sure she keeps it well. But, she had two 3-pointers, and that is something she can do and extend the defense. Jones and McAlpin scored in double figures for us, and there were some others that were close.”
Carrie Hatchel scored nine and Kristen Childress dropped in eight for the Lady Lions.
It was too much defense for Bruceton to handle throughout the game.
Dresden used the press to its advantage to create turnovers and transition baskets. Dresden held Bruceton to only 13 points in the second half, all coming in the third period.
“We’ve been trying to focus on our defense and we did some good things out of it. There were times when we let them get into the paint a little bit too easily. But it was an improvement from where it has been,” West said.
DHS 74, Bruceton 63 (B)
Dresden had the size advantage over a small Bruceton team, but the Tigers used their quickness to give the Lions a tough game.
The Lions had to use an 18-8 third quarter to remain undefeated in District 13A, and Tyler McPeak used his size in the post to record his 1,000th point. McPeak’s milestone came at the free throw line 27.1 seconds to go in the game.
“We had a monster game out of Tyler tonight. He was excited about getting 1,000 points. He enjoyed that and he has been special for us. To get that at home was great,” Lions skipper Tommy Dilday said.
McPeak led Dresden in scoring with 25, Austin Daniel added 18 and Joseph Sipes dished in 10 to give the Lions three players in double figures. Bruceton also had three players in double figures with Haden Williams scoring a game-high 28. Elijah Phillips scored 13, and Rekayis McCaigley added 10.
“It was a fight,” Dilday said. “They shot it well in the first half and had a lot of big shots. We had chance to break it open and we had a couple of bad possessions and they hit a couple of shots when it was key for them.”
Dresden used its defense in the first half to spread Bruceton’s offense out, but the Tigers hit six 3-pointers in the half. When they did not make the 3-point shot, they used their quickness to get the rebounds and the easy baskets.
Even with Dresden’s size advantage under the rim, the Lions had trouble rebounding the ball in the first half and found themselves down 37-36 by the intermission. Bruceton hit 11 3-pointers in the game.
The Lions made some adjustments during the break and came with a much more determined defense.
Dresden used a 10-point run to take control of the third quarter and led 54-45 at the end of the period. Bruceton got to within three midway through the final period, and then Sipes hit a tough shot under the rim to put Dresden up by five.
The Tigers could draw no closer after that.
“We didn’t defend as well in the first half as we ought to have and we sure didn’t rebound the ball. We ended up giving them too many second-chance baskets. That was the big emphasis in the second. To get back on the defensive boards and we did a good job in the second half with the defensive boards,” Dilday said. Published in The WCP 1.12.12