By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood’s Lady Gators broke their two-game road losing streak in a big way as they returned home and handled Edgewood Academy, 70-41 on Dec. 18th and then overpowered Pike Liberal Arts in Troy on Dec. 19th, 56-13.
Against Edgewood, the Lady Gators put on a defensive clinic and jump-started the offense to take a 30-7 lead after the first quarter and the bench did most of the work after that.
“It was good to come home and get a big win after three tough games in a row, including the road trip with the two losses,” said Glenwood coach Julie Humphries. “After losing our last two ball games, I felt we needed to get back in a rhythm on offense. The lead (against Edgewood) allowed us to use our bench and work on the offense and see the floor as to what adjustments needed to be made.”
Quan Holton, the team’s top scorer once again led the team with 26 points and she did not play in the fourth period.
Right behind her was the No. 2 scorer on the team, Morgan Grant, who chipped in 16 more before sitting out the fourth quarter as well.
In all, nine different Glenwood players scored in the game with Jaycee Griggs leading bench scoring with five. The Lady Gator subs finished with 14 points in limited action.
CJ Weldon did her best for the visiting Lady Wildcats with 21 of her teams 41.
The win was also a big one as it was against a region opponent. It will not count in area seeding for the season-ending regional tournament to be held this year at the CVCC campus but is a good measuring stick as to top teams in tournament play. Area play begins in January with Lee Scott and Springwood in Glenwood’s area.
Following the home win, the Lady Gators went on the road and made short work of the Lady Patriots.
The first period again set the tone as Glenwood smothered Pike, 23-2 and then let the bench play liberal minutes to finish the win. The Lady Patriots were so dominated on the defensive end that they did not score in double figures in any quarter as a team and had no player with more than four points.
In fact the Glenwood bench outscored Pike 28-13 in the contest.
The two wins improved Glenwood’s record to 10-3 on the season as they now take a Christmas break and begin play in the Glenwood’ annual “Border Wars” tournament starting today.
The Lady Gators will face Deerfield-Windsor at 5:30 and then meet Unity Prep on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. before beginning their heavy January schedule starting with four games the first week of the month.