Gleason girls heat up while McKenzie chills
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 12:00 pm
For a time, it seemed as if host McKenzie was going to stand toe-to-toe with Gleason in girls’ basketball action Tuesday night.
An adjustment here, then a game-long dry spell there and Gleason was en route to a 48-16 victory.
McKenzie was a frosty 6-of-26 from the floor. The Lady Rebels scored two buckets in the first quarter, two in the second and two in the fourth. From the line, they were 4-of-7. McKenzie trailed 7-4 in the first and, after Morgan Jarrett’s 3-point play, it trailed 11-9.
Then, the bottom fell out.
After Jarrett converted her 3-point play, the Lady Rebs didn’t score from the floor again for over 12 minutes, when Brianna Douglas scored to end the drought. Meanwhile, Gleason went on a 29-3 run.
Briana Jones was seemingly all over the place for Gleason, leading the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points and seven rebounds. Gleason made some defensive adjustments, cut off the middle, forced long-court passes and made things tough for the Lady Rebels, who didn’t play that badly, except for the 20 missed shots.
The Lady Rebels had 17 turnovers and were outrebounded only 17-15. Sophomore Kailey Martin led McKenzie with five rebounds but was 0-for-5 shooting and is normally one of the Lady Rebels top scorers.
Gleason was 21-of-35 shooting.
Jarrett led the Lady Rebels with five points. Courtney Broadbent, Ashley Barker and Emma Arnold each scored three and Douglas had two.
MHS 69, Gleason 42 (B)
McKenzie cranked up the defensive tempo and forced 26 first half turnovers (36 for the game) in the nightcap.
McKenzie raised the temperature and shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, 29-of-61. Hunter Lowe scored 24 points and Trevor Willis had 18 to lead the Rebels.
MHS sizzled in the opening minutes and took a 16-3 lead in the first four-and-a-half minutes. Willis started things off when he knocked down a three just 33 seconds into the game. Gleason’s Chris Sumner halted the spree with his 3-point play, which sort of kick-started a Gleason flurry. He and Collins buried triples and the Bulldogs trailed 22-11 after one.
But McKenzie broke the second frame open with an 18-4 run for a 40-18 lead. Willis and Lowe each had field days in the paint and in transition. Gleason committed 15 turnovers in the second frame and the Rebels took advantage and led 44-24 at the break.
Gleason took better care of the basketball in the third quarter, and the Rebels dialed down the tempo. Tyree Owens drained a threebie with 4:24 to play for a 53-30 cushion. McKenzie led 55-31 at the end of three.
Curtis Broadbent flushed a pair of triples in the fourth and Gleason had few answers.
Austin Perry led the Bulldogs with 21 points and five boards. Sumner had eight points and six rebounds. The Bulldogs were 6-12 from the free throw line and were 15-37 from the floor.
Broadbent had eight points, Robert Taylor scored six, Owens added five, Grant Lowrance, Collin Smith, Breshaun Oglesby and Edwin Dudley had two each. Taylor had six rebounds, Willis five to lead the Rebs.
While the games marked the end of the regular season for Gleason, the Rebels have one more opponent.
McKenzie will make a trip across the county border to play Greenfield on Thursday night.
Gleason, meanwhile, is now set up for the District 13A Tournament (see related bracket).
The Bulldog boys will be involved in one of the two play-in games, facing Carroll Academy 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Clarksburg, while the girls host McKenzie 6:30 p.m. Monday. Published in The WCP 2.9.12