Lady Lions, ’Jackets primed for tourneys
Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
The Dresden girls’ team looked to be in top form Monday night, while the Greenfield boys ended Dresden’s 10-game winning streak.
The Lady Lions appear to be primed and ready for the District 13A tournament after beating the Lady Yellowjackets 72-44 in a non-district matchup of county teams.
Carrie Hatchel led the Lady Lions with 24 points as they improve to 19-5 on the season. The Lady Yellowjackets fall to 16-9 on the season.
The Yellowjackets outscored the Lions 24-16 in the third period and upset Dresden by a score of 54-48.
It was the Lions’ first loss in 11 games and only their second loss in 21 games. Heath Crouse and Tony Robinson did most of the damage for the Yellowjackets, now 12-11 on the season. The Lions are now sitting at 19-6.
Dresden’s two teams came into the twinbill with state rankings, the Lion boys joining the girls in this week’s Associated Press Class A polls.
The Lion girls remained at No. 10 in Monday’s poll, while the Dresden boys checked in for the first time this season with a No. 9 rating.
Both Dresden teams will be looking for a 20-win season when they take on Carroll Academy tonight at Dresden. The Lions will then wrap up the regular season on Thursday with a trip to Union City.
Greenfield is at home against McKenzie on Thursday for the final games of the season for both squads.
DHS 72, G’field 44 (G)
The Lady Lions, much like they did Friday night against Clarksburg, jumped out to a 21-8 first period lead and were able to defeat a very tough Lady Yellowjackets team.
Hatchel and Jessica Jones paced the Lady Lions with Hatchel scoring the game-high in points with 24 and Jones scoring 19.
“We are playing now a lot better than we were back in November, which is what we aimed to do,” Lady Lions head coach Jonathan West said. “We have played much better the last two games. It was almost like our loss to Gleason early last week woke us up. We were winning games, but we were not playing as well.”
Dresden broke open a tied game midway through the first period with a 13-point run to close out the period.
Greenfield had its best scoring performance of the game in the second period when the Lady ’Jackets tried to creep back into it using the 3-point shot.
The Lady ’Jackets hit four 3-pointers in the period but could not get any defensive stops to make it a close game.
Shameilla McMullins, Haley Rawls, Andrea Smith and Rachel Roberts each hit one from long range in the second period.
Allie Phillips scored nine for Dresden and Amy McAlpin added eight points. McMullin led Greenfield in scoring with 17. Rawls, Smith and Roberts scored six points each for the Lady Yellowjackets.
G’field 54, DHS 48 (B)
The Yellowjackets possibly gave other teams how-to instructions on beating the Lions by using their quickness and clutch shooting.
Greenfield head coach Peter Angelos said that he had to rely on this team’s quickness to counter the size advantage the Lions possessed under the basket.
“There are teams in our district that we would not dare trap because they are so much quicker than we are,” Angelos said. “Dresden is much bigger than we are and I felt that our guards are quicker and we did not want them to just come down the floor and throw down to the post without being harassed. Our press paid dividends tonight and that was good to see.”
After a slow first period by both teams, the pace picked up some in the second period with Greenfield outscoring the Lions 16-11 to make the score 21-20 in Dresden’s favor going into the half.
Heath Crouse tied the game at 23-all on a 3-pointer from the top of key and his second 3-pointer of the period gave the Yellowjackets to lead with 5:27 to play in the third.
The Lions retook the lead on Tyler McPeak’s layup with 3:56 to go in the game to put the Lions up by a score of 47-46.
Robinson hit a short jump shot for Greenfield 14 seconds later to give the Jackets the lead for good.
Heath Crouse had a team-high 19 for Greenfield and Robinson added 17.
McPeak came back from an off night of shooting on Friday night with a game-high 20 points followed by Austin Daniel with 12 and Joseph Sipes with 11. Published in The WCP 2.7.12