Gleason picks wrong time for drought
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Gleason could not overcome a scoring drought. That was added bad news since they were playing against the state’s No. 1 team.
Lake County, the top team in the Associated Press Class A poll, held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless for 12:47 in a 58-14 win Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Region 7A Tournament at Tiptonville.
The Lady Falcons then went on to knock off Bradford 49-31 in the semifinal round Saturday in Trenton. Bradford moved on with a 38-34 win at Huntingdon on Thursday night.
Lake County scored 29 points during the Lady Bulldogs’ scoring drought. Gleason did not score against the Lady Falcons in the second period and trailed 29-4 at the half.
Gleason, which plays at a slower pace than Lake County, tried to use ball control and pick its shots in the first half. But, the Lady Falcons managed to play their style of game and run up and down the court.
“You cannot run up and down with them,” Gleason head coach Joel Ayers said. “We wanted to try to get good shots and stay on offense more, but we did not make any shots. All night long we only made layups.”
Gleason was 0-for-15 from beyond the arc. Lake County hit 9-of-19 from long range, with seven coming in the second half.
Briana Jones led Gleason with eight points, her output accounting for the Lady Bulldogs’ first points of the game.
“One point in time we had eight points and Briana had all eight of them,” Ayers said. “We just did not score any points. They lit it up and made a lot of shots.”
Gleason shot 19 percent from the field while Lake County hit 49 percent of its shots. The Lady Bulldogs were out-rebounded 30-to-17 and score 22 points in the paint to Gleason’s 12.
Lake County was led by Tiana Grey with 13 points, 12 coming off of four 3-pointers.
The Lady Bulldogs finish the season 17-13. Lake County improves to 32-3 on the season.
Gleason will have the core of its team back for the 2012-13 season with 13 players returning, including four juniors. Jaclyn Montgomery, Kim Quick, Lauren Pruitt and Jones will make up the senior class for next season. Ayers will be losing only Alex King to graduation.
With so many players coming back for next season, Gleason should contend for the top spot in District 13A once again.
“We will just have to learn to shoot a little better,” Ayers said. “They will work, but part of that is on them. You can only make them do so much under your eye. They have a lot of heart and play hard. They are great kids. You could not ask for better kids.” Published in The WCP 2.28.12