Lion teams fast enough to finish line
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 9:05 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Slow starts didn’t hurt either Dresden team at all.
The Lion boys, in fact, were all better by the end of the first quarter.
Dresden picked up a pair of District 13A wins over Huntingdon at home on Tuesday night, the Lady Lions winning 47-33 and the boys taking a 62-52 triumph.
In both cases, Dresden started slowly but caught up quickly to overtake and then pull away from the Mustangs.
After having three early-season games postponed while the school’s football team was competing in the state playoffs, the two Dresden squads have now played four times. Dresden’s girls are 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the district, while the boys are now 4-0 and 1-0.
Dresden 47, H’don 33 (G)
The Lady Lions trailed by six points in the first period and seven in the second frame but then outscored the Fillies 29-11 after intermission to win going away.
“We played our best game of the year tonight,” Dresden head coach Jonathan West said. “You could see how the kids’ confidence grew as we went on. Their confidence was really shaken by the way we played Friday night (50-45 loss to West Carroll). We didn’t play very well, and I don’t think anyone was happy about it. As this game went on, we defended and rebounded better. We got a little more physical. We played really well. I can’t say enough about the way they responded.”
Amy McAlpin hit twice at the line to tie the game 22-all at 6:28 of the third quarter, and Ashlee Garner hit a layup in transition 23 seconds later for a 24-22 Dresden advantage, the Lady Lions’ first lead since 2-0.
Dresden led 32-28 at the end of three periods and then pulled away in the fourth frame at the free throw line. Dresden was 9-of-11 from the charity stripe in the final period and 13-of-16 for the game. It was a major improvement from Friday’s 12-of-25 effort, which included five one-and-one front-end misses
Carrie Hatchel, who led all players with 17 points, kept Dresden within striking distance throughout the first half.
Hatchel’s drive through the lane got the Lady Lions within 7-6 in the first period, and then she hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 16-11 at 5:44 of the second.
Following a Huntingdon basket, Hatchel and McAlpin scored to get it within 18-15, and then Hatchel’s triple from the right wing with two seconds remaining in the half trimmed it to 22-18.
Garner and McAlpin had 10 points each for Dresden, while Allie Maxwell topped Huntingdon with 11 points.
Dresden 62, H’don 52 (B)
Austin Maxey led three Lion players in double figures with a game-high 19 points, while Kaleb Houston added 17 points and Brock Dilday scored 10.
“We’re a team that I couldn’t tell you where our points are going to come from other than if you leave Austin Maxey open, he’s going to make shots,” Dresden head coach Tommy Dilday said. “Other than that, we have a lot of guys who are pretty even on what they can do to put it in the basket. They all played well at times tonight.”
The Mustangs saw its 7-0 lead quickly dwindle as the Lions were within two on three occasions late in the first, including 11-9 at the break. That lead was then long gone by halftime as Dresden tied the game three times before finally taking the lead (17-15) on Kourtney Sawyer’s stickback with 4:44 to play in the second frame.
Maxey’s 10 points in the first half led the way as Dresden was ahead by as many as nine at 24-15 and up 27-23 at halftime.
A 3-pointer from Maxey, an old-fashioned three-point play by Dilday and a triple at the third period buzzer by Houston had Dresden ahead 47-42. The Lions led by as much as 17 points in the fourth frame.
“We obviously weren’t focused when we came out,” Dilday said. “We’re inexperienced, and we have kids who are having to step up and play a lot of minutes for the fist time. The locker room wasn’t what we wanted before the game, and warm-ups weren’t what we wanted before the game. That being said, they really fought hard to hang around when we weren’t playing well. Then, we hit a stretch in the third quarter where we played really good basketball, and that was enough tonight.”
Justice Scott led Huntingdon with 16 points. Published in The WCP 12.6.12