Lions can’t catch up following slow starts

Lions can’t catch up following slow starts

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 12:00 pm

By KEVIN WEAKS
Press Sports
Dresden could not keep up early and then could not catch up late.
Going into postseason play on a sour note, both Lion teams lost their regular season finales at Union City on Thursday night, 52-39 in the girls’ opener and 57-44 in the boys’ contest.
Late comeback attempts could not overcome slow starts in both games. The Lady Lions were well behind after one quarter, scoring just two points in those first eight minutes, and trailed by as many as 21 points in the third period before closing to within nine points late.
Dresden’s boys, meanwhile, did not hit a field goal in the first quarter and were down by 27 points midway through the third before cutting that deficit in half. A final period without a field goal, however, hampered the comeback efforts.
Both Dresden teams are the top seeds in the District 13A Tournament. The postseason was set to begin Monday, but winter weather pushed the tournament schedule back a day.
Now, the Lion girls host Bruceton tonight at 6:30 while the boys play against Gleason at home Wednesday night at 6:30. Following quarterfinal games at higher seeds’ sites, the semifinals and finals will move to Clarksburg.
UC 52, Dresden 39 (G)
The Lady Lions trailed 34-13 when UC’s Jackie Hudson scored at 4:55 of the third quarter, and then Dresden head coach Jonathan West picked up a technical foul.
From that point, however, Dresden perked up and doubled the Lady Tornadoes, 24-12, to get within nine at 46-37 with 1:20 to play in the game.
Kristen Childress scored inside twice, and Allie Phillips added a bucket for Dresden to make it 37-22 at the end of the third period.
A quick 6-2 spurt had UC back up 43-24 to open the fourth, but Jessica Jones hit a 3-pointer and made three free throws and Childress converted a 3-point play as part of a 13-3 Lion run.
Jones’ pull-up 15-footer with 59 seconds to play in the game had the deficit down to nine at 48-39, but then UC’s Tory Reedy closed the game by hitting 8-of-8 at the line.
Jones led Dresden with 14 points, while Amber Fair had a game-high 19 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark for UC.
UC 57, Dresden 44 (B)
The Lions were 6-of-8 at the free throw line in the first quarter but could not score a field goal, while Union City post player Peyton Mosley had nine points on his own in that opening period.
A bad 20 minutes for Dresden had the team’s deficit at 22-6 after one quarter, 40-20 at the half and 49-22 with just over four minutes to play in the third frame.
Joseph Sipes and Tyler McPeak then started a comeback by shooting the Lions to within 49-35 at the end of third.
Dresden would cut only one more point off the margin in the fourth, however, again failing to hit a shot attempt.
While UC hit only five field goals in the second half, the Golden Tornadoes hit three in the fourth period.
Dresden, meanwhile, hit all six of its second half field goals in the third period, McPeak with four, and scored nine points at the line in the fourth frame.
McPeak and Austin Daniel each had 14 points, and Sipes added 10 for the Lions. Mosley led all players with 20. Published in The WCP 2.14.12

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