Lady ’Dogs surprising finalists; Lions roll
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
The No. 4 seed Gleason girls pulled off an upset in the semifinals of the Weakley County Middle School Tournament Mon-day by eliminating No. 1 seed Greenfield 29-19.
The Lady Bulldogs will now have to pull off one more upset to win the championship when they face No. 2 seed Dresden 6 p.m. Thursday in Sharon at the middle school gym.
There have been no such upsets in the boys’ tourney as the top-seeded Dresden boys will play No. 2 Martin after the Lions eliminated Greenfield 47-12. The Lions will play the Panthers at 8 p.m. Thursday in Sharon.
Gleason 29, G’field 19 (G)
Lady Vols head coach emeritus Pat Summitt has always said rebounding wins championships. The Lady Bulldogs (9-6) are one step closer to winning the Weakley County championship by out-rebounding the Lady Yellowjackets 21-12 and holding Greenfield (14-2) to three second-chance shots.
Gleason (9-6) grabbed 14 defensive rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs grabbed an early lead on baskets by Lillian Nichols and Kelsey Borneman. The Lady ’Jackets cut the lead down to one on a basket by Kyndal Wiley and the front end of a pair of free throw attempts by Bentley Gordon.
Gleason made it 8-3 on shots by Maycie Rollins and Mahlese McDonald. Greenfield’s Cadie McAlister cut the lead down to 8-5 with her basket to end the first period.
Rollins’ basket with four minutes left in the first half made it a 14-5 game to give the Lady Bulldogs their biggest lead of the half. Wiley cut to the lead down to 16-9 on her basket with 17 seconds to play in the half.
The Lady Bulldogs went cold in the third period, scoring only three points, and that allowed the Lady ’Jackets to creep back in the game. McAlister made it a 19-15 game on her short jumper at the end of three.
Gleason did not score any from the field in the final period. However, the Lady Bulldogs scored 10 points from the free throw and held Greenfield to only two points in final frame
The Lady ’Jackets, normally a very good 3-point shooting team, went 0-for-6 from long range. Greenfield shot 30 percent for the game from the field.
Gleason only hit 36 percent of its shots from the field, but the Lady Bulldogs went 9-for-12 from the line to make up for the low shooting percentage.
Rollins led all scorers with 10 points for Gleason. Borneman and McDonald scored six points each with Nichols adding five and Jayden Green scoring two.
Wiley and McAlister led Greenfield with eight points. Kinlee Moore scored two and Gordon scored one.
Dresden 47, G’field 12 (B)
A bigger and athletic Dresden (15-0) team was more than Greenfield (5-11) could handle in the first half as the Lions rolled to a 38-3 first half lead.
Dresden forced seven turnovers in the first period and went up 20-2 at the end of the quarter. The Yellowjackets did not score until Keaton Cook’s basket with 29 seconds left in the first.
The Lions kept the pressure up in the second period and kept the ’Jackets from scoring and field goals in the period. The only point Greenfield got was on Cook’s first of two attempts at the line eight seconds into the period, while Dresden scored 18 points.
Dresden used its reserves in the second after its place in the finals was firmly set. Greenfield kept most of its starters in game in the third period in hopes to mounting a comeback. The Yellowjackets were able to get some points on the board, but not nearly enough to make any difference. Levi Dees hit a 40-footer at the buzzer to make it 40-12 after three.
Greenfield was held scoreless in the final frame as Dresden added seven more points to its total.
Dresser Winn led all scorers with 16 points and nearly dunked the ball in the second period. Dylan Yates and Quincy McDonald each scored eight points for Dresden. Cook led Greenfield with seven points and Dees score five. Published in The WCP 12.11.12