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McKenzie Sweeps Gleason

By Jim Potts
jpotts@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 1/11/22

The 2022 portion of McKenzie’s basketball schedule tipped off Tuesday, January 4, against Gleason. Both girls teams are ranked in the top ten in the state heading into the contest.

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McKenzie Sweeps Gleason

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The 2022 portion of McKenzie’s basketball schedule tipped off Tuesday, January 4, against Gleason. Both girls teams are ranked in the top ten in the state heading into the contest.

Lady Rebels 70, Lady Bulldogs 60
The two teams played close in the first six minutes with a 9-9 tie at the three minute mark. The Lady Rebels got hot in the final three minutes outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 12-5 to take a 21-14 lead at the end of the first period.

McKenzie built a 35-20 lead halfway through the second period before Gleason outscored the Lady Rebels 10-2 over a two-minute period making it a 37-30 contest with just under two minutes left in the half. The Lady Rebels held on to a 39-34 lead at halftime.

Gleason continued their comeback in the third period tying the game 44-44 with three minutes remaining in the period. McKenzie pulled ahead 54-47 by the end of the third period.

The Lady Rebels built a double digit lead late in the period and went on to secure the win.

Savannah Davis led McKenzie with 22 points followed by Dani Dyer, Briley Auvenshine, and Kylie Reynolds with 11 points each. Mikaela Reynolds added 10 points for the Lady Rebels. Hannah Dillingham had three points and Katie Chesser chipped in two points for McKenzie.

Gleason was led by Carrington Lifsey with 22 points followed by Alayna Anderson with 11 points. Sophie Wilson added nine points while Ava Sawyers, Tinsley Parkins, Daisy Blevins, and Autumn Mingle had four points each. Jaeda Perry chipped in two points for the Lady Bulldogs.

Rebels 73, Bulldogs 34
The boys’ game turned into a blowout early with McKenzie hitting a bunch of shots early while Gleason was cold from the field. The Rebels had a 23-10 lead by the end of the first period and built on it in the second period extending it to 34-14 in the first four minutes of the period. McKenzie outscored Gleason 11-2 the rest of the period to lead 45-16 at halftime.

Both teams went into their benches in the third period as the Rebels outscored Gleason 18-15 during the period for a 63-29 score by the end of the third period. The fourth period saw everyone from both benches get an opportunity to play in the contest with McKenzie outscoring the Bulldogs 10-5 to finish the win.

Marquez Taylor and Tate Surber led the way with 18 and 13 points respectively. Zay Webber and Stafford Roditis added eight points each while Hayden Garrett had seven points. Zayden McCaslin and Landon Brown had five points each. Etijay Tharpe had four points. Carter Kee had three and Bryson Steele chipped in two points for the Rebels.

Gleason was led by Kolton Crochet with 12 points. Drake Lehmkul and Garrett Pinkston had four points each. Cameron Thompson and Cade Sawyers had three points each while Kylan Borneman, Carter Cooper, Isaac Denton, and Dawson Luhellier chipped in two points each for the Bulldogs.

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