Dresden girls win their first match since 1927
MURFEESBORO — Dresden defeated Van Buren County 50-33 Thursday in the first round of the TSSAA Women’s State Tournament at Middle Tennessee State’s Murphy Center.
Dresden’s victory (24-9) marks its first victory in a state tournament since 1927, although it has appeared in the state tournament six times since. The Lady Lions will face winner Wayne County in the semifinals on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
“I knew we had a win because when we were here the previous three times I saw we had won a (state tournament),” Dresden coach Jonathan West said. “I thought it must have been 1962 because that was the only other time I knew we were here. I told them we hadn’t won in 95 years and we had to get one.”
Dresden’s only other victory in a state tournament was 27–22 over Crockett Mills in the first round in 1927.
Thursday’s quarter-final was a tightly contested first half, with the teams swapping leads five times. Dresden came into the break 20-19 and had 12 of their 20 points coming from inside the paint.
Van Buren County (20-11) was held scoreless for the first 5:30 of the second quarter but was able to add seven points late in the quarter to keep the game close.
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Dresden started to pull away in the third quarter, beating Van Buren County 13-6 during the period. The Lady Lions outscored the Eaglettes 30-14 in the second half.
“I thought we were a bit slow to turn in the first half. Our defense was something that got us here,” West said. “If you go back and look at our games – when we start playing better, our opponents score a lot less and our points are pretty much the same. That’s something we’re very proud of.”
The Eaglettes struggled to advance anything offensively in the second half, connecting on 7 of 25 (28%) from the field and shooting 30% for the game.
Dresden’s Paisley Pittman led all scorers with 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds. Riley Scoggins led Van Buren with 12 points.