Lions earn 13A event’s No. 1 seed

Lions earn 13A event’s No. 1 seed

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 12:00 pm

By RANDY CAVIN
Press Sports
The No. 1 seed in District 13A belongs to the Dresden boys, while the girls can claim the top spot tonight with a win against Carroll Academy.
The Lions blew open what was a tight game at the half in the third period Friday night against Clarksburg and claimed the regular season Class 13A crown with a 55-49 win. The Lions are now 19-5 overall and 15-0 in the district. Clarksburg falls to 19-6 and 14-2 in the district and will be the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.
The Lady Lions inched closer to the district’s No. 1 seed with a 73-31 blowout over the Lady Rockets. The win coupled with Gleason’s loss at Huntingdon Friday all but gave the district title to Dresden. The Lady Lions defeated Carroll Academy 62-4 last month and will face the Lady Jaguars tonight at Dresden.
The Lady Lions are now 18-5 on the season and 13-2 in the district. The Lady Rockets are 5-19 and 5-11 in district play. Gleason is one game back of Dresden, sitting at 11-3, and plays its final game of the season tonight against McKenzie.
DHS 73, C’burg 31 (G)
The Lady Lions were spotted an early 14-0 lead and rolled over the Lady Rockets Friday in a first period scoring outburst. Dresden outscored Clarksburg 29-7 in the opening period, led by Amy McAlpin’s 10 points. She scored the first eight points of the game for the Lady Lions and finished with 15.
The Lady Lions scored 47 points in the first half and only scored one 3-pointer, but hit 18 baskets in the half with most of them coming from under the rim.
“Amy scored the first eight points we had and I do not even think she shot the ball in the second half,” Dresden head coach Jonathan West said. “We made some easy baskets because we only hit one 3-pointer out of 14. You score 47 points and make one three, then you are doing something right and getting a lot of easy baskets.”
Allie Phillips led all scorers for the Lady Lions with 16, and Jessica Jones added 11 with Kristen Childress chipping in eight.
It was the defense that set up the scoring for Dresden in first half with the Lady Lions forcing the Lady Rockets into committing 14 turnovers in the first period and 21 in the half.
“We came out here and got after them a lot better tonight than we did our previous game as far as our effort goes,” West said. “We are not concerned about our shooting. It is our defensive effort I wanted to see with the intensity of a playoff team. We wanted them to turn it over and get after them. Twenty-one is a lot for a game, much less a half.”
If by some chance West Carroll upsets Dresden tonight and Gleason wins against McKenzie, then the No. 1 seed for the district will be decided by a coin toss.
DHS 55, C’burg 49 (B)
An 18-9 third period broke open an otherwise tight game Friday night and propelled the Lions to the No. 1 seed in District 13A.
The Lions came roaring out of the gate and jumped out all over the Rockets in the first period and built up a 14-2 lead before the Rockets came back in the second period and tied the game at 20-all just before the half.
Austin Daniel got an 11-3 run started by hitting the back end of a pair of free throws, followed by a 3-pointer by Austin Maxey to open up the third period. Joseph Sipes scored nine of his team-leading 20 points in the third period.
“It was a good win for us and we competed at a level that we have not this year,” Dresden skipper Tommy Dilday said. “Regardless of the outcome of our last game this year, this gives the district to us.
“Daniel and Sipes played extremely well and carried us there in the third quarter and really from the halftime on. They have been doing that all year. Sometimes we forget that Daniel is a sophomore and we really push him and he gets out of his comfort zone. But if he expects to get to where we want him to be, then he has to do that some.”
The Rockets tried to come back in the fourth period, but the Lions free throw shooting 11-of-12 from the line in the final period and going 16-of-20 for the game.
Tyler McPeak, who has been a force under the rim for the Lions this season, was held in check for most of the game, only scoring on a pair of free throws, but he consistently made his presence felt under the basket by grabbing rebounds and blocking out the Rockets on their offensive side of the court.
“Tyler played well, but they swarmed him the entire game,” Dilday said. “He just did not get any touches and plus he got into some foul trouble. He was there all the time defensively.” Published in The WCP 2.7.12

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