Dresden Defense Turns Back Van Buren
BY JIM STEELE
MURFREESBORO (March 10) – Dresden’s Lady Lion basketball team took a while to get going, but once it did, it easily advanced to the state semifinals.
The Lady Lions second-half surge resulted in a 50-33 state quarterfinal victory Thursday morning over Van Buren County.
The decision marked the first time Dresden moved into the state semifinals.
Van Buren took an early 12-10 lead to start the game. With 6:30 left in the first half, Keely Mathis’ jump shot gave Dresden a 14-12 lead, a lead the Lady Lions wouldn’t relinquish.
Haylee Jarred hit two triples in the final 3:40 to twice extend Dresden’s lead by four, but Van Buren wouldn’t go away. Kaytlin Crain landed a three with :22 remaining in the half and Dresden took a 20-19 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Riley Scoggins connected to cut Dresden’s lead to two. 25-23, with 4:00 to play. This is when Dresden started to put distance between it and the Lady Eagles.
Maggie Oliver buried a triple for a five-point advantage, then Lucy Curry turned a steal into a layup with :37 left, and Dresden led 33-25 after three.
Oliver drilled two threebies in the first 90 seconds of the fourth quarter, then Paisley Pittman connected on free throws. The rout was on. Dresden had increased the margin to 19, the largest of the game.
The Lady Lions limited Van Buren to just 14 second-half points and 28 percent shooting.
Scoggins led Van Buren with 12, Layla Bouldin scored 10.
Pittman was tops for Dresden with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Oliver and Curry each had 11 points. Mathis collected nine rebounds.