Lady ’Dogs sprint toward postseason
Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 pm
With the Christmas holiday tournaments now in the past, Weakley County’s prep basketball teams are looking forward to the postseason round.
Gleason girls are off to a good start toward the finish line, remaining tied for first place in District 13A after a pair of wins last week.
The Lady Bulldogs got a 56-36 win over McKenzie on Friday to stay tied with Huntingdon at 7-1 in the district. Gleason got another win over arch-rival Bradford on Thursday 42-39.
Greenfield girls bounced back against Gibson County on Saturday with a 49-46 win to split the season series.
The Greenfield boys completed the season sweep over Gibson County with a 63-49 win.
Gleason’s boys, meanwhile, continued their offensive struggles with a pair of losses to McKenzie and Bradford.
Gleason 56, McKenzie 36
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 12-4 overall behind the hot shooting of Briana Jones against the Lady Rebels on Friday.
Jones has been the go-to player for the Lady Bulldogs this season, and she has responded by consistently scoring around 20 points a game.
Jones did not need to do it all against McKenzie with Calay Smith and Kim Quick each netting 10 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Emily Bell grabbed six rebounds to lead Gleason as the Lady Bulldogs out-rebounded the Lady Rebels 24-14.
The loss drops McKenzie down to the middle of the pack with a district record of 3-5 and 4-12 overall.
Gleason will try to avenge an earlier loss to cross-county rival Greenfield tonight with tip-off scheduled at 6.
Gleason 42, Bradford 39
The Lady Bulldogs completed the season series sweep of their biggest rival on Thursday night with Jones doing most of the damage.
Jones scored a game-high 21 points with six rebounds and four assists on the night.
Jones gave Gleason its first lead of the game in the fourth period on a 3-pointer to make it 37-34. Bradford (6-10) attempted to tie the game as time expired on a long 3-pointer, but the shot was off target, allowing Gleason to walk away with the win.
Smith and Bell each scored six points, and Jaclyn Montgomery added five with Quick rounding out the scoring with four points.
Greenfield 49, GC 46
The Lady Yellowjackets recovered from a loss to South Fulton on Friday night to beat the Lady Pioneers on Saturday and improve to 9-5 on the season.
Junior guard Kalee Kesterson had perhaps her best game in her career against the Lady Pioneers with a game-high 22 points. She went 12-for-18 from the line, 6-of-6 in the final period.
Brittany Peoples and Shaynece Clemons each scored nine points against the Lady Pioneers.
Jasmine Whittemore led GC with 15 points, followed by Sarah Beth Mullins with 14. The loss gives GC a 10-5 record on the season.
Greenfield 63, GC 49
It took three Greenfield players scoring in double figures to offset the game-high 27 points from Gibson County’s Joe Lee in order for the Yellowjackets to come out with a series sweep.
Zac Grooms led the ’Jackets with 18 points while Tony Robinson added 16 and Miles Cavitt contributed 12.
The ’Jackets led 35-17 at the half by outscoring the Pioneers 20-4 in the second period after a slim 15-13 advantage in the first. Lee attempted to get the Pioneers back in the game by scoring 13 of his 27 points in the third period, but Greenfield still led 50-36 at the horn.
Greenfield is now 10-3 on the season and tied with Union City for the top spot in District 14A at 6-1.
McKenzie 59, Gleason 20
The Bulldogs continue their struggles to put points on the scoreboard after the Christmas break as they failed to score in double-figures in any of the four periods against the Rebels.
Gleason was outscored 15-7 in the first period, 12-4 in the second, 25-6 in the third and 7-3 in the final period in Friday’s game.
Austin Perry was the offensive leader for the Bulldogs with nine points and nine rebounds. Thomas Travis scored five while Keaton Collins and Alex Hahn each scored three points.
The loss drops the Bulldogs 1-7 in District 13A and 1-11 overall.
Bradford 70, Gleason 39
The Bulldogs got a little more production on offense in Thursday’s game against the Red Devils, but it was not enough after a slow start.
Bradford jumped out to 15-6 first period lead and the Bulldogs were not able to overcome the first period deficit.
Perry had another good night for the Bulldogs with 17 rebounds and 13 points.
Hahn scored nine points with Chris Sumner adding six. Dylan Reynolds and Collins each scored three points for Gleason. Ryan Morris and Travis popped in two points each and Jesse Solano scored one from the foul line. Published in The WCP 1.8.13