Lady Gators finish regular season, start area play

By Ronald Frazier

Glenwood’s Lady Gators finished up regular season games with a 3-1 record for the week of Jan. 2-6 and now prepares for the “meat” of their schedule, the area games to determine seeding for the region tournament.

The Lady Gators will open area play at home against Springwood Academy on Tuesday and then host arch-rival Lee Scott on Thursday in key games to determine seeding for region and for the state championships.

Glenwood began the week with a convincing 63-33 win over Macon East in Cecil, Ala., as leading scorer Quan Holton poured in 29 points to pace the Lady Gators.

It was a team effort the rest of the way as JJ Woods, Morgan Grant and Maddie Dykes all added eight points in a game played with a running clock in the fourth stanza.

Madison Kennedy, who also stars on the Lady Knights softball team, scored 18 of the hosts 33 total.

The Lady Gators returned home on Jan. 4 and made short work of Calvary Christian by a 53-21 count as again the final quarter was played with a running clock.

The Lady Gators defense held Calvary to two baskets and five points in the first half as they raced to a 30-5 lead by halftime.

“The good thing about a game like that is you are able to sub liberally because we were going to play three games in the next three days,” said Glenwood coach Julie Humphries after the contest. “They had no answer for our defense.”

Holton added 20 before sitting out the entire fourth period as seven different Lady Gators scored in the game. No Calvary player was in double figures in the contest.

The Lady Gators made it three wins in a row with another resounding victory, 64-24 against the Lakeside Lady Chiefs on Jan. 5 in Eufaula.

Again it was Holton with 23 while Grant was also in double figures with 13 points.

Again the Lady Gators opponents had no player in double figures with Sydney Williams scoring seven for Lakeside.

The defense was the key as Glenwood outscored Lakeside 20-3 in the first period and had their third straight game with a running clock in the fourth.

Glenwood’s steam ran out on the 6th as Glenwood played their third game in three days and lost a tough 53-46 to Southland Academy in Americus.

“We came out flat in the third period but you have to give Southland credit as they played well,” said Humphries after the contest. “It was our fourth game of the week and it is tough to play back-to-back games on the road.”

“Plus Morgan (Grant) picked up two quick fouls and had to sit out most of the second quarter,” Humphries added.

The first half was a see-saw contest as Southland led by one at the end of the first but Glenwood led by one, 26-25 at halftime. Then came the third quarter when the Lady Gators were outscored 14-4 and could not make up the difference.

The week of games left Glenwood with a 14-5 record so far this season with the two area games coming up.