Lady ’Dogs, Lions win with ease
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Gleason’s girls looked unstoppable for three periods against cross-county and District 13A rival Dresden on Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs pulled out a 20-point, 62-42 win over the Lady Lions with Briana Jones scoring 11 straight points in the final period to put Dresden away.
In the nightcap, the Dresden boys rolled to a 30-point, 72-42 win over Gleason to remain undefeated on the season with a 5-0 overall record and 3-0 in the district.
Gleason 62, Dresden 42 (G)
The Lady Bulldogs (5-2, 3-0) jumped out to a 10-2 lead 3:30 into the game on back-to-back 3-pointers by Jones and Emily Bell as they dominated the visiting Lady Lions (3-2, 1-2) in the first half.
Jones scored a game-high 21 points with 11 straight in the final period to thwart any potential comeback from the Lady Lions.
Bell, Calay Smith and Jaclyn Montgomery all reach double-digits in scoring to give the Lady Bulldogs four players in that category.
“Briana is the key that makes us go,” interim head coach Ashley Ayers said. “A lot of times, we feed off of her. She has the ability to create her own shot, and you have to know where she is all the time.”
Gleason led 39-20 at the half thanks to some excellent shooting and some poor shooting by the Lady Lions. Gleason got its biggest lead of the game 30 seconds into the third period off Montgomery’s short jumper to make it 41-20.
Amy McAlpin got back under 20 with her basket, but Smith got back up to 21 with 6:01 to play in the period. The three consecutive 3-pointers by the Lady Lions — two by McAlpin and one by Carrie Hatchel cut the lead down to 12. McAlpin hit a pair of free throws with just over a minute to play to make it a 43-33 game.
Jones hit a pair of free throws with under a minute to play in the period to make it 45-33. It was the only points Jones scored in the period as the Lady Lions outscored Gleason 13-6 in the third period.
“She probably did not touch the ball enough in the third quarter,” Ayers said about Jones. “Those are adjustments that can be made. We need her on the floor.”
Kim Quick made it a 14-point game when she made both shots at the free line just over a minute into the final period. Hatchel hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key followed by a basket from McAlpin to make it an 11-point game. Another 3-pointer by Hatchel after a pair of free throws by Montgomery cut the lead to eight with 4:58 to play.
Jones then ignited her 11-point run with a 3-pointer to make it a 60-41 game and take the air out of Dresden’s chances for a comeback.
Hatchel scored a team-high 19 for Dresden, while McAlpin score 19. Smith scored 15 for Gleason followed by Bell with 11 and Montgomery with 10.
Dresden 72, Gleason 42 (B)
A more focused Lion team remained unbeaten in the season with a 5-0 record and 3-0 in the district after it easily handled the host Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (0-7, 0-3) were looking for the upset against Dresden, but the Lions would have none of that after they went on an 8-1 run to close out the first period with a 20-10 lead. Austin Perry’s second 3-pointer of the game made it 12-9 before Dresden went on the run.
“I was pleased with our focus because we were not happy with it Tuesday night starting the game,” Dresden head coach Tommy Dilday said. “You could tell they were much more workmanlike. Maybe not with the intensity we would like all the time, but we did move well.”
And move well they did. By the time the first half was over, the Lions had staked themselves to a 36-20 lead.
Dresden had 11 players put points on the scoreboard with four scoring in double figures. Kaleb Houston scored the game-high with 13 points. He was followed in points by Caleb Davidson and Kourtney Sawyer with 12 points each. Brock Dilday was the fourth player in double-figures with 11 points.
Dresden kept the pressure on Gleason in the third period by outscoring the Bulldogs 16-6.
Both coaches put their reserves in to play fourth period with the game firmly decided. Dresden outscored Gleason 20-16 in the final frame.
Perry led Gleason in scoring with 11 points. Alex Hahn followed him up with 10 points. Published in The WCP 12.11.12