Lady Bulldogs, Lions prove worth in 13A
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 12:00 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Gleason’s girls are still a force. Dresden’s boys are still perfect.
In regard to District 13A, the tradition-rich Lady Bulldogs showed they can still be a major player, while the Lion boys remained atop the standings with an unbeaten league mark following Tuesday night’s split at Gleason.
The Gleason girls avenged an earlier loss at Dresden with a 50-40 win in the opener.
The Lady Bulldogs improved 15-8 overall and 12-2 in the district while dropping Dresden, which came in with a No. 10 ranking in the Associated Press Class 1A girls’ poll, fell to 17-5 and 12-2.
The Dresden boys then ran their unblemished league mark to 14-0 with a 69-32 win.
The Bulldogs fall to 2-21 and 2-12.
The final push toward the postseason continues for both teams Friday night.
Gleason will travel to Huntingdon, while Dresden will host Clarksburg in a pair of 13A twinbills.
Gleason 50, Dresden 40 (G)
The Lady Bulldogs hit 12-of-15 free throws in the fourth quarter to complete a solid shooting effort overall.
Gleason knocked down seven 3-pointers on the night, getting three from Calay Smith and two more from Briana Jones during critical stretches in the middle quarters when the Lady ’Dogs overcame a slow start and pulled out to a double-digit lead.
Gleason trailed as much as 7-2 in the first quarter but then pulled out in front 15-7 by the 3:45 mark of the second frame on the strength of three triples from Smith.
The home team’s lead reached 10 points at 17-7 with 2:47 to go in the half on a basket underneath from Jones.
Amy McAlpin converted a Gleason turnover into a three-point play for Dresden with 59 seconds left, breaking a nine-minute scoreless drought. The Lady Lions then scored again on a steal and layup from Kristen Childress to get Dresden within 18-12 at the half.
Jones and Jaclyn Montgomery each hit a trey, and Jones scored inside in pushing the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 35-22 after three periods.
“The girls played hard, but the main thing is we made shots,” Gleason head coach Joel Ayers said “We didn’t play perfect, we started shaky and turned ball over some. But, the girls played hard all night. We hit some threes and then did a good job on some things down the stretch.”
Alex Glisson scored her only points by hitting her team’s only 3-pointer with 1:50 to play in the game, getting Dresden within 41-33, but Gleason then knocked down 8-of-10 at the line the rest of the way.
Jones had a game-high 19 points and Smith pitched in 14 for Gleason.
McAlpin tallied 14 and Allie Phillips added 10 for Dresden.
Dresden 69, Gleason 32 (B)
Austin Daniel scored a game-high 25 points to help Dresden pull away after the Bulldogs had kept the game close for a quarter.
“It was good to see Austin (Daniel) have that kind of game because he is such an important part of our offense,” Dresden head coach Tommy Dilday said. “Getting him more involved in the offense is so big for us.”
Ethan Terrell tied the game at 13-all with under a minute to play in the first quarter, but Daniel and Austin Maxey each hit layups and Daniel later flashed open twice for baskets in the paint to send Dresden into the locker room with a 35-18 halftime advantage.
Tyler McPeak scored twice and Joseph Sipes added another basket to give Dresden a 50-24 lead late in the third period.
The Lions’ lead reached as much as 38 points at 67-29 late in the final period.
McPeak added 13 points and Sipes scored 12 for Dresden. Published in The WCP 2.2.12