Fillies can’t up with Dresden’s Jones
Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 1:09 pm
Jessica Jones earned her Most Valuabler Player plaque.
Jones scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead Dresden to the District 13A Tournament title with a 51-35 win over Huntingdon Saturday night at Clarksburg.
In the consolation game, it was Big Sandy getting a 39-36 win over Gleason.
The Lady Bulldogs will now travel to No. 1-ranked Lake County Thursday night for the first round of the Region 7A tournament. The Lady Lions will play host to South Fulton, also on Thursday.
By winning the district tournament, the Lady Lions improve to 24-6 and 2-1 on the season against the Fillies and will be the No. 1 seed from the District 13A.
Huntingdon, which won only three games just three years ago, falls to 22-4 and will be the No. 2 from the district.
Huntingdon will play host to Bradford Thursday night.
Dresden 51, H’don 35
The Lady Lions took advantage of some misfires by the Fillies in the first period, and Jones did the rest in final frame.
The Fillies missed eight shots in the first period, made only two field goals and a pair of free throws while the Lady Lions jumped out to 14-6 first period lead and never looked back.
Jones a scored game-high 18 points, 16 in the fourth with 12 of those in row and 11-of-11 shooting from the line down the final stretch. While Jones was scoring the points, freshman point guard Carrie Hatchel guided the offense and fed Jones the ball.
Amy McAlpin, Kristen Childress and Alex Glisson and were all named to the all-tournament team and head coach Jonathan West was named Coach of the Year to go along with tournament MVP Jones.
“We came for one award and that was the district championship and the rest is just icing on the cake,” West said. “It is an honor for those kids to be put on there and Jessica winning the MVP, which was deserving of her. We count on her a lot. We basically put the ball in her hands. She knew we was going to do that and accepted that. She works her tail off and deserves every bit of this.”
Hatchel, who took over as point guard when senior Alex Glisson tore her ACL at the beginning of the season, scored seven points. Glisson added six and McAlpin scored nine. Kristen Childress chipped in five and Allie Phillips popped in six from her post position.
“Hatchel played really well and she is just a freshman,” West said. “She kind of got thrown into the fire the very first game when Glisson tore her ACL. Alex played in a scrimmage against Lake County and we threw her out there and she did not have a very good game. We told her she would not see anything any harder than that.”
Thursday night’s game against South Fulton will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The winner will move on the semifinals while the loser will go home.
Big Sandy 39, Gleason 36
A late fourth period run by the Lady Bulldogs was not enough to overcome the Lady Red Devils Saturday night in the consolation game of the District 13A Tournament.
Briana Jones and Jaclyn Montgomery each had a big fourth period with Jones scoring nine of her 13 and Montgomery scoring six of her eight points in the period.
It was poor shooting in the paint in the first three periods that haunted Gleason, much like it did Thursday night in the loss to Huntingdon. Big Sandy converted 18 points off of 14 Gleason turnovers. The Bulldogs got 10 points off of 15 turnovers by Big Sandy.
The Lady Red Devils out-rebounded the Lady Bulldogs 22-to-12 with 10 offensive boards. Both teams shot well from long range with each hitting five 3-pointers.
Calay Smith scored 14 for Gleason. Luz Mena and Marissa Fletcher each scored 14 for Big Sandy.
The Lady Bulldogs are now 17-12 on the season and the Lady Red Devils are 18-11.
Both teams fought to an 8-all tie in the first, but Gleason could not get its offense on track in the second and third period as the Lady Bulldogs could only manage to score five points in each period. Gleason doubled its game score in the fourth period with 18 points and held Big Sandy to 13 points.
Montgomery attempted a 3-pointer just as the clock ticked down, but the shot hit the back of the rim giving the win to Big Sandy.
The Lady Bulldogs had Jones, Alex King, and Montgomery named to the all-tournament team. Published in The WCP 2.21.12