Lady Gators beat Macon East in opener

Glenwood’s Lady Gators did what they had to do and shut down Macon East with a smothering first-half defense en route to a 51-29 victory Feb. 4 in the first round of the AISA state basketball championships. The Lady Gators (17-8) advanced to the AISA Elite 8 after Citizen deadline.

“We kind of started without focus but stuck with it and played hard on defense and that was the difference,” said Glenwood coach Julie Humphries after the victory.

“We beat them by 15 at their place the first time we met so that’s probably the reason for the lack of concentration,” she added. That concentration became more focused in the second period as the Lady Gators crashed the boards and with the scoring of Mya Brooks and Macie Fanning, outscored the Lady Knights 18-3 in the second stanza and took control of the game. That gave Glenwood a 20-point lead, 30-10 at halftime and the Lady Gators never looked back.

Another key stat included the Lady Gators outscoring the Lady Knights, 5-0 in three-point shots with Katie Suarez and Fanning each hitting two. 

Brooks had nine of her game-leading 19 points in that second quarter and Fanning added five more points. Foul trouble bothered the Lady Gators as senior and leading scorer Suarez picked up her third foul in the first minute of the second quarter and had to sit out the rest of the period. 

That gave Payton Corbett, Fanning and sub Olivia Slocomb more responsibility to run the offense and they responded. In addition, Brooks and post players Leia King and Ja’Marra McDowell made sure that for the Lady Knights it was one shot and done as they dominated the rebound column.

Brooks came through in a big way as she was the only double figure scorer for the Lady Gators with 19, her best offensive game in a good while, according to coach Humphries.