WC girls no trouble for ’Dogs
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 9:05 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
While Gleason girls had very few problems with West Carroll, the boys gave the War Eagles plenty of problems before fading in the second half.
The Gleason teams split a District 13A decision with WC on Tuesday with the Lady Bulldogs (5-2, 2-0) winning without their head coach on the sideline 58-37. The Bulldogs (0-6, 0-2) gave WC (3-2, 2-1) all they could handle, but Jamal Glenn’s 17 points in the third period proved to be the deciding factor in the 63-47 loss.
Gleason 58, WC 37 (G)
They Lady Bulldogs took care of business without head coach Joel Ayers on the sideline Tuesday night.
He was admitted to Jackson-Madison General Hospital Saturday evening with what Gleason athletic director Lee Lawrence said was diverticulosis.
Lawrence said Ayers would remain in the hospital until at least Saturday and is expected to make a full recovery. Diverticulosis is bulging sacs most commonly found in the large intestine and can be treated with antibiotics.
Ayers’ wife, Ashley Ayers, who is also the assistant coach, is taking over his head coaching duties while he recovers.
Briana Jones made sure that he wouldn’t be undergoing any unneeded stress while in the hospital by pouring in a game-high 26-points and grabbing 17 rebounds to give her a double-double and, more importantly, a Gleason win.
The Lady Bulldogs out-rebounded the Lady War Eagles (3-1, 2-1) 28 to 20 with 23 of those rebounds coming on the defensive boards.
Gleason jumped out on top quickly and led 11-3 with about two minutes to go in the first period. The Lady Bulldogs kept the pressure up in the second period by getting three straight steals and converting them into points. Jones made a steal followed by Kim Quick and then Jones got another steal for a six-point run to make it a 24-13. Jones ended the first half with a jumper to give Gleason a 26-13 lead at the break.
It was more from Jones in the second half, but she had some help on the offensive end — especially in the final frame from Jaclyn Montgomery, who popped in two big 3-pointers when West Carroll’s defense collapsed in on Jones. Those were Montgomery’s only points of the game, but her second 3-pointer gave Gleason a 54-29 lead and put the game out of reach.
WC 63, Gleason 47 (B)
The Bulldogs showed progress in a game that was much closer than the final score shows. Gleason fought the War Eagles hard throughout the game and was still in it until WC hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes.
“We played well for about three quarters and that seems to be about what our mode of operation is right now in the first six or so games,” Gleason head coach Jamie Roney said. “We still have that one quarter where we just cannot quite get over the hump. We as coaches just have to figure out how to get the guys over that.”
Glenn had a big third period that helped the Eagles pull away. He scored 15 consecutive points to close out the third period. His last six points of the period came on a pair of 3-pointers that ripped through the net.
Gleason jumped out to an early first-period lead and maintained it until a 3-pointer by Brandon Blackwell tied it an 11-11 with 1:14 to play in the first. The Bulldogs would not lead again until early in the third period. A short jump shot by Glenn gave WC the lead with 14 seconds to go in the period.
Austin Perry of Gleason did all he could to keep the score close the rest of the first half with 11 of his team-leading 17 points.
The Bulldogs started the third period on fire. Alex Hahn opened up the scoring with a long 3-pointer to pull Gleason to within three points. Dylan Reynolds scored his only points of the game a few seconds later to make 27-26. Hahn gave Gleason its second lead of the game with a shot up the rim with 6:06 to play in the third.
Then, the Bulldogs started making mistakes as bad passes and other costly turnovers gave Glenn and the War Eagles the opportunity they needed to gain some breathing room.
“A lot of that was mental mistakes,” Roney said. “A whole lot of that was mental. We play a lot guys a lot of minutes tonight. You have got to give West Carroll some credit. They have a good basketball team with a lot of good athletes. Jamal Glenn made some shots tonight. He did what good players are suppose to do.”
Gleason stayed within striking range until the final two minutes when the Bulldogs were forced to foul to stop the clock and send WC to line. However, WC made those 7-of-8 attempts to come away with the win.
Gleason returns to action tonight when Dresden pays a visit for a district showdown. Tipoff for the girls’ game is set for 6 p.m. Published in The WCP 12.6.12