Lady Gators break even, 4-4

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By Ronald Frazier

Glenwood’s Lady Gators evened their record at 4-4 for the season as Glenwood used their defensive prowess and one-two scoring punch of Morgan Grant and Katie Suarez to win three games in a row on the road.

After two tough losses by a total of nine points that saw Glenwood drop to 1-4 on the year, the Lady Gators traveled to Columbus and started their win streak with a 61-18 victory over Calvary Christian on December 4th.

The first quarter was kind as Glenwood took a 16-point lead in the contest and did not give up the lead. In addition, the defense smothered the Lady Knights as they did not have double figure scoring as a team in any quarter and no player had more than four points. Calvary in the third period did not score a point thanks to the Glenwood defense.

Meanwhile Grant outscored the entire Calvary team as she had a game high 24 points and Suarez was also in double figures with 11. Kassie Kile and Griggs chipped in with eight points each.

“Defensively we had a good game and our offense fed off the defense,” Julie Humphries said of the win.

Following that win, the Lady Gators traveled to Dothan on the 7th and defeated Northside Methodist by a 61-50 score.

Again the Lady Gators got off to a big start in the first quarter, going ahead by 13 points and kept the margin of victory.

“We got off to a great start offensively and Morgan and Katie had great games,” said Humphries after the win in Dothan. “We came out flat in the third and lost the second half scoring.”

“We have to work on finishing,” Humphries added. “This team is still young.”

Grant had a game high 26 points and Suarez was right behind with 22. Guard Jaycee Griggs had her first double figure scoring game this season and added 10 more. Northside was led by Ashley Simpson with 18.

Playing their third game on the road, the Lady Gators then traveled to Edgewood Academy onthe 10th and won, 42-29.

After a tight first period, the Lady Gators put on the defensive clamps in the second and the Lady Wildcats failed to score. The Lady Gators outscored Edgewood 10-0 and Edgewood never recovered.

Suarez led the team in scoring this time with 18 and Grant was close with 16 more points. A. Roberts scored six of her 10 for Edgewood in the fourth period to be in double figures for the Lady Wildcats.

This week sees the Lady Gators coming home to play Pike Liberal Arts on the 11th and then going back on the road to meet Lakeside School on the 14th. Following that contest, Glenwood will not play again until it hosts Marion County at home on the 20th.