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GLEASON (February 21) ó Gleasonís Lady Bulldogs played host to Trenton Peabody in the first round of the Region 7A tournament last Thursday night and led the contest for nearly three quarters before falling to the Golden Tide 44-39.

The two teams battled to a 10-10 tie in the opening period. Alexis Anderson paced Gleason with six of the ten points coming from a pair of three-pointers. Trentonís Kiera Hill paced the Golden Tide with six points of her own. Trenton played a physical bruising style of game but the Lady Bulldogs gave as good as they got.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored Trenton 11-7 in the second period with balanced scoring with points coming from five different players. Gleason held a 21-17 lead at the half. Hill claimed four of Trentonís seven points in the period.

Gleason hung on to the lead for some of the third period but Trenton outscored the Lady Bulldogs 14-8 during the period behind a 9-point effort from Kiera Hill which included a pair of three-pointers. Gleason gave up the lead and trailed Trenton 31-29 heading into the final period.

Both teams played close in the final period but were forced to foul to get their hands on the ball. Trenton went to the free throw line 16 times in the fourth period hitting seven of them. Hill was 6-7 from the line in the final period alone. The Lady Bulldogs put up 10 points of their own but it wasnít enough as Trenton eliminated them from the Region Tournament and ended their season with a 25-8 record and finished District 13A Runner-up.

Alexis Anderson led Gleason with 16 points followed by Kenady Atkins with 7 points. Alayna Anderson added 4 points, Carrington Lifsey and Ally Spain had 3 points each, Shelbie Burton and Veronica Rosa had 2 points each while Lillie Freeman and Chasney Brawner chipped in a point each for the Lady Bulldogs.

Trentonís Kiera Hill led all scorers with 25 points including a pair of three pointers and hitting 11-13 free throws. KK Norman added 9 points while Indiah Williams and Adrianna Skinner had 3 points each. Olivia Ware and Jasmin Parker chipped in 2 points each for the Golden Tide. (Source: McKenzie Banner)

 

Lady Bulldogs Cruise to Victory over South Fulton

 

GLEASON (February 11) Gleason Lady Bulldogs easily won a district victory over South Fulton during the first round of playoffs in the District 13, Single-A girls competition. Gleason will play Dresden on Wednesday at UTM. The last match of these two teams ended 46-44 with Gleason the victor.

 

Gleason girls won over South Fulton 62 to 26. The Lady Bulldogs took a first-quarter lead of 23 to 4 and outscored the visiting ladies by 17-5, 16- 12, and 6-5 in the final three quarters.

 

Carrington Lifsey led the scoring for Gleason with 11, followed by Alexis Anderson with 9, Shelbie Burton with 7, and Kenady Atkins, Lillie Freeman, Chasney Brawner, and Alayna Anderson with 6 each, Veronica Rosa with 4, Ally Spain with 3, Daisy Blevins and Tinsley Parkins with 2 each. South Fulton was led by Amber Lemon and Sophia Hodges with 10 each, and Allison Murphy, Aaliyah McKnight and Sophia McMinn with 2 each. (Source: Dresden Enterprise)

 

 

No. 7 Gleason handles UC; Twisters rack up on Bulldogs

 

Gleason completed its District 13A schedule with only two losses after the Lady Bulldogs beat Union City 52-30 Tuesday night at the Thunderdome. The seventh-ranked Lady Bulldogs will take a 23-6 record into the district tournament as the No. 2 seed and will play South Fulton at home on Monday in the quarterfinals.

 

Union City did not score less than 20 points in any of the four periods in the nightcap as the Tornadoes trounced the Bulldogs 92- 42. The Bulldogs (2-23; 0- 12) are the No. 7 seed in the boysí tournament and will play at No. 2 seed Greenfield on Tuesday.

 

Dresden beat Halls 65- 20 Tuesday night in girlsí action and got a 55-40 at West Carroll on Monday. No other information was available from those two wins. The Lady Lions (14- 10) are the No. 3 seed in the district and will play Lake County at home on Monday in the quarterfinals. The Lions lost 63-53 at Halls and 65-49 to the War Eagles on Monday.

 

Dresden (3-16) will play at Bradford on Tuesday in the first round.

 

 Gleason 52, UC 30

 

The Lady Bulldogs got to face a Union City that was without Jada Williams, but the Lady Tornadoes still put up a good fight in the first period. Gleason only led by a single point after one period of play. Then it was all over for the Lady Twisters as Gleason held them to just seven points in the second period as it expanded its lead to 26-18.

 

Kenady Atkins, Lillie Freeman and Chasney Brawner each scored the only three buckets in the period for the Lady Bulldogs. However, they got sent to the foul line for eight attempts and made seven of them.

 

Gleason had the game well within its reach after the third period as it outscored Union City 14-7 for a 40-25 lead. The Lady Bulldogs held Union City to four points in the final period, while adding 12 more to the scoreboard. Freeman led all scorers with 13 points, while Alayna Anderson scored 12 and Atkins poured in 10. Brawner finished with eight points, followed by Shelbie Burton with seven and Ally Spain added two points.

 

UC 92, Gleason 42

 

T h e Bulldogs could not keep up with Union Cityís high-powered offense Tuesday night. Gleason had a couple of good quarters but the Tornadoes could not be stopped, even though they were mostly playing their reserves.

 

Union City jumped out to a 26-11 lead by the end of the first period and showed no sign of slowing down. The Tornadoes added another 20 points in the second period to lead 46- 19 at the half and scored another 24 in the third period for a 70-35 lead.

 

The final period had the host team taking it 22-7. Union City made 13 shots from beyond the arch, 22 inside it, and it connected on 9-of-15 free throw attempts.

 

Carter Walton led the game for Union City with 32 points. Elijah Young topped Gleason with 14 points, while Olen Reed had eight, Dawson Arnold scored six, and Peyton Stigall threw in five points. Kylan Borneman tossed in three points, followed by Hart McKenzie, Carson Tidwell and Isaac Denton with two points each.

 

Halls 63, Dresden 53 (B)

 

The Tigers finished the regular season with only three wins with two coming against the Lions. Dresden trailed 17-16 after one period and then the bottom dropped for the Lions as Halls outscored them 15-8 in the second stanza for a 32-24 lead.

 

Dresden was not able to fight back from the halftime deficit as Halls increased its lead to 47- 36 by the end of the third quarter. The Lions did manage to take the fourth period 17-16.

 

Zach Crawford topped Dresden with 20 points as he made four three-pointers, while Kaleb Dilday notched 14, Trevor Moore scored 10, Tyrone Jones had seven, and J.B. Newsom added two points.

 

 

 

Greenfield Yellowjackets Split with McKenzie Rebels

 

 

BRAD SAM

 brad@mckenziebanner.com

 

Greenfield traveled to McKenzie High School Friday for a pair of non-district basketball contests. The defending state champion Lady Yellowjackets dominated early en route to a 73-48 win over the Lady Rebels,

 

The Yellowjackets kept it close in the first half, but the Rebels pulled away in the third quarter to earn a 66- 46 victory.

 

Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets 73, McKenzie Lady Rebels 48

 

 The Lady Yellowjackets jumped out to a 24-9 lead after the opening frame, led by Chloe Moore-McNeil with eleven points, including a three-pointer. Edie Darby scored eight with a pair of threes, and Tess Darby had five, also with a three.

 

Lady Rebel Anna Callahan scored five points, MiíKayla Gill and Dani Dyer each had a pair, and Macey Ognibene hit a free throw. Greenfield extended the lead with a 23-14 advantage in the second quarter.

 

MooreMcNeil led again with a dozen, including another three. T. Darby scored eleven with a trio of three-pointers. Whitley Smith led McKenzie with five points, including a three, and Savannah Nesbitt scored four. Gill and Callahan each added a pair, and Lilly Bennett hit a free throw.

 

At the half, the Lady Yellowjackets led 47-23. The Lady Yellowjackets outscored the Lady Rebels 17-9 in the third. MooreMcNeil scored eight with a pair of threes, and Caroline Crouse also hit a three.

 

T. Darby, E. Darby and Mattie Winberry each had a pair. Shelby Davis led McKenzie with four points. Camille Travis hit a three-pointer, and Gill added a pair.

 

Entering the final frame, Greenfield led 64- 36. The Lady Rebels rallied 16-9 in the fourth for a closer final score, led by Bennett with five points, including a three-pointer.

 

Smith scored three points, and Gill, Davis, Ognibene and LaíJada Edmonson each had a pair. Lady Yellowjacket Reese Biggs scored five points with a three, and E. Darby and Hannah Brown each had a pair. Lady Yellowjacket Chloe Moore-McNeil led all scorers with 31 points, including four three-pointers.

 

Tess Darby scored 18, also with four threes. Edie Darby had a dozen with a pair of threes. MiíKayla Gill and Whitley Smith led McKenzie with eight points each. Smith had a three-pointer.

 

Rebels 66, Yellowjackets 46

 

The Rebels had a 15-11 lead after the first frame, led by Nate Whitsell and Ben Austin with five points each, each with a three-pointer. Lazarick Hill also hit a three, and Lucas King had a pair.

 

Jackson Crouse led Greenfield with eight points, including a pair of threes, and Jacob Floyd also hit a three. McKenzie added to the lead with an 11-10 edge in the second quarter, led by Austin with four points.

 

King hit a three-pointer, and Whitsell and Caleb Gill each had a pair. Crouse and Joshua Floyd each scored five for Greenfield, each with a three-pointer.

 

At the half, the Rebels led 26-21. The Rebels pulled away in the third with a 20-6 tilt, led by Austin with 14 points. King, Hill and Micah Austin each had a pair. Jacob Floyd hit a three-pointer for the Yellowjackets, and Joshua Floyd also scored three points.

 

Heading into the final frame, McKenzie led 46-27. McKenzie sealed the win with a 20-19 advantage in the fourth, led by Whitsell and B. Austin with four points each.

 

Lane Horton scored three points. King, Hill and Tyler Spivey each had a pair. M. Austin, Gill and Brandon Hobson each hit a free throw.

 

Crouse led Greenfield with ten points, including a three. Joshua Floyd scored four, Jacob Floyd hit a three-pointer, and Nyrail Jackson had a pair.

 

Rebel Ben Austin led all scorers with 27 points. He had a three-pointer and was eight-for-eight at the line. Nate Whitsell scored eleven with a three-pointer, and Lucas King had nine, also with a three.

 

Jackson Crouse led Greenfield with 23 points. He hit four three-pointers and was seven-of-eight at the line. Joshua Floyd scored a dozen with a three-pointer, and Jacob Floyd had nine on a trio of threes

 

 

Gleason, Central Split Wins Monday

 

 

BY BRAD SAM

 brad@mckenziebanner.com

 

Gleason hosted Hollow Rock Bruceton Central High School Monday for a pair of non-district basketball contests.

 

The Lady Bulldogs held the Lady Tigers to single digits in each quarter to claim a 71-29 win. The Tigers avenged their lady counterparts in the nightcap, shaking off a slow start to pull away for a 78-55 road victory.

 

Gleason Lady Bulldogs 71, Central Lady Tigers 29

 

The Lady Bulldogs held Central scoreless for over four minutes and led 29-9 after the opening frame. Kenady Atkins led with eleven points, including a trio of three-pointers. Lillie Freeman scored eight, and Chasney Brawner had six points on a pair of threes. Carrington Lifsey scored three points, and Veronica Rosa hit a free throw. Laegan Binkley scored all nine for the Lady Tigers on a trio of threes.

 

Gleason upped the lead with a 21-6 advantage in the second quarter, led again by Atkins with six points on a pair of threes. Lifsey scored five with a three, Freeman and Brawner each had four points, and Rosa added a pair. Binkley hit another three-pointer for Central, and Brylee Williams also scored three points. At the half, the Lady Bulldogs led 50-15.

 

The Lady Bulldogs outscored Central 15-8 in the third, led by Rosa with six points. Brawner hit a three-pointer, and Alayna Anderson, Daisy Blevins and Keicha Shafer each had a pair. Binkley scored all eight Lady Tiger points, including a pair of threes. Entering the final frame, Gleason led 65-23.

 

A quick four th was a 6-6 wash. Lady Bulldog Tinsley Parkins scored five points, and Kennady Reagan hit a free throw. Binkley had four points for Central, and Sophie Bratton had a pair.

 

Lady Tiger Laegan Binkley led all scorers with 24 points, including six three-pointers.

 

Kenady Atkins led Gleason with 17 points, including five threes. Chasney Brawner scored 13 with a trio of threepointers, and Lillie Freeman had 12 points.

 

Tigers 78, Bulldogs 55

 

The first frame was a 15-15 wash. Peyton Stigall led Gleason with seven points, including a three-pointer. Dawson Arnold scored five, and Elijah Young hit a three. Tiger Mac Hooten scored six, and Brayden Frye hit a three-pointer. Mason Binkley, Nick Zuro and Davion Harris each had a pair.

 

Central doubled up the Bulldogs 22-11 in the second quarter, led by Zuro with eight points. Binkley scored four, including a three-pointer, Harris also hit a three, and Noah Hampton scored three points.

 

Gage Lowry and Trent Taylor each had a pair. Young led Gleason with four points. Brady Witherspoon hit a three-pointer, and Arnold also had three points. Stigall hit a freebie. At the half, the Tigers led 37-26.

 

The Tigers grew the lead with a 21-13 advantage in the third, led by Zuro with 13 points, including a trio of threes. Frye and Lowry each had three points, and Binkley added a pair. Olen Reed led Gleason with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers. Stigall scored four, and Arnold hit a freebie. Heading into the final frame, Central led 58-39.

 

Central sealed the win with a 20-16 edge in the fourth, led by Binkley with nine points, including a pair of threes. Thomas Crews scored five with a three-pointer, and Seneca Butcher, Caleb Haskins and Joselito Santiago each had a pair. Young and Reed scored four each for the Bulldogs, and Arnold hit a three. Stigall and Carson Tidwell each had a pair, and Jamison Lifsey hit a free throw.

 

Tiger Nick Zuro led all scorers with 23 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Mason Binkley scored 17 with a trio of threes.

 

Peyton Stigall led Gleason with 14 points, including a three-pointer. Dawson Arnold and Olen Reed each scored 12, Reed with a pair of threes and Arnold with one. Elijah Young had eleven points with a three pointer. Source: McKenzie Banner.

 

 

Yellowjackets Sting Bulldogs in High School Basketball

 

 

JASMINE WILLIAMS

 News Writer

 

 The Gleason Bulldogs and the Greenfield Yellowjackets faced off in high school basketball on Friday night, January 25.

 

 Both of the girlís teams started slowly with their scoring at the start of their game. In the first quarter, the lead went back and forth, but Greenfield took the lead from the Lady Bulldogs before the end of the first quarter.

 

In the second quarter, the Lady Jackets did well to prevent Gleason from scoring and increased their lead by scoring multiple three-point shots.

 

At halftime of the girlís game, Greenfield had the lead, 28-19. In the third quarter, Edie Darby shot for six points and led the Lady Jackets scoring. The fourth quarter saw Greenfieldís Chloe Moore shooting seven points and the Lady Jackets taking the win against Gleason, 58-34.

 

In the boyís game, The Yellowjackets made a big statement in the first quarter against Gleason with Jackson Crouse and Joshua Floyd making significant contributions in taking the lead for Greenfield.

 

In the second quarter, Greenfield increased their lead over Gleason with Jackson Crouse scoring 12 points in the second quarter alone. The Bulldogs also scored 13 points in the second quarter, but was still far short of the lead.

 

At the halftime, the Jackets were leading, 43-23. Greenfield kept their lead throughout the rest of the game as Joshua Floyd added ten points in the third quarter.

 

Gleason added 19 points in the third and fourth quarter but could not keep up with Greenfield and lost by a final score of 76-42. Greenfieldís next game will be hosting Humboldt on Thursday, January 31 and Gleason will host Dresden on Friday, February 1.

 

 

Gleason Splits With Bradford

 

JASMINE WILLIAMS

News Writer

 

Gleason High Schools basketball teams are having two different seasons with the girls winning many of their games this season and the boys still not finding their rhythm on the court.

 

Both teams were hoping for a win when Gleason hosted Bradford on Tuesday, January 22. The girls started the night coming off a win the night before against Bruceton the night before, which the girl won 71-29.

 

The Lady Bulldogs started the night by putting 15 points on the board in the first quarter and doing well to prevent Bradford from scoring.

 

Gleason did well in the first half to ensure their lead over Bradford. In the third quarter, Lillie Freeman led Gleason in getting 12 of the 18 points for that quarter; which helped to secure Gleasonís win over Bradford.

 

Bradford was unable to catch up to Gleason in the fourth quarter and the Lady Bulldogs added another win to their season as they beat Bradford, 63-45.

 

In the first quarter of the boys game, Gleason and Bradford seemed evenly matched. Both were very close in scores and was doing well to prevent the other from scoring.

 

At the start of the second quarter, Gleason was down by only one point. But Bradford responded in the second quarter by gaining 23 points.

 

Gleason could not find the net much in the second quarter and would be down 16 points at the halftime. When the third quarter started Bradford score kept growing with Gleasonís defense struggling to hold Bradford back.

 

 Gleasonís Dawson Arnold added eight points in the third quarter but it was not enough to get close to Bradford.

 

In the final quarter, Gleason was far behind Bradford and lost with a final score of 73-49. Gleasonís next game will be when the Bulldogs host the Dresden Lions for Gleasonís last home game of the regular season and will also be Senior Night for Gleason on February 1.

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