Gators split games, Lady Gators drop two

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By Ronald Frazier

Glenwood’s boys won their home opener as they handed Abbeville Christian Academy a 60-41 loss to improve to 2-0 on the young season Nov. 26.

However, the next night against Evangel Christian on the road, the Gators dropped their first game of the year, a 50-39 loss to the 8-1 Lions.

For the game on Nov. 26, it was a balanced scoring attack as three Gators were in double figures for the game. Sophomore Trevor Horne scored 12 of his game high 16 points in the second half while Bryce Valero and Brooks Barton each added 11 points.

“Offensively Trevor was the difference in the game,” said Glenwood head coach Dusty Perdue after the contest. ”We went on an 11-0 run in that third period and they never recovered.”

“I have only had five of our players for two weeks so we are working on jelling as a team. Our defense is still the strong point of this team,” Perdue added.

“We do have to get better at the free throw line. I look at the book and we are 12 for 25 for the game. That needs to improve,” Perdue added.

The Gators trailed at the end of the first period but started putting on the pressure and out-scored the Generals 14-6 in the second for a 27-20 lead. That’s when Glenwood put on the scoring run in the third period with Horne scoring 10 of his team’s 17 points in the third.

Jackson Blalock was the only double figure scorer for Abbeville, getting eight of his 14 points in the final period as the Gators lead widened to 19.

Following the win, Glenwood then played the Lions the next night and Perdue knew going into the game that it would be a challenge.

“They are 7-1 and winning big. We will see how we do because it will be strong competition,” he said prior to the game.

The Lions jumped ahead and were up 26-9 at the half and Glenwood never recovered. Bryce Rozier was the only double figure scorer for Glenwood with 13 points.

“We did not play very well, especially on offense,” said Perdue after the game.

Glenwood had a scheduled game Nov. 29 versus Autauga Academy that was postponed with a makeup date not yet determined. Perdue lost his step-father former coach Bubba Ball prior to the scheduled game.

This week, Glenwood played Calvary Christian in Columbus on Dec. 4, after Citizen press time. The team will travel to Dothan to meet Northside Methodist on Dec. 7.

It was not a good week for Glenwood’s Lady Gators as they dropped two straight games, one at home and one on the road to see their record for the season drop to 1-4.

A third game with Autauga Academy on Nov. 29 was postponed and a makeup date has not yet been determined.

In the Glenwood home opener against Abbeville Christian, Glenwood dropped a 47-43 battle to the Lady Generals despite having a 17-point first quarter and a 13-point lead.

The game was stopped in the first period when Morgan Grant, the team’s leading scorer hit her first field goal and was presented with an award for scoring her 1,000th point in a Lady Gator uniform.

“She actually got the milestone in the state tournament last year but this was the first time we played at home where we could award her,” said Coach Julie Humphries after the contest.

Grant finished the game in double figures with 12 and now has scored 1, 059 total career points through the 26th.

Despite the milestone and the momentum built up by that first period, the lead would not hold up. The Lady Generals leading scorer, returnee Joiner Hughes scored 23 of her game high 25 points after that first period to lead the Abbeville Christian comeback. She also got plenty of help from teammate Analeigh Givens who did not score in the first quarter but finished with 17 more points.

The last bucket by Glenwood was a Kassie Kile three-pointer in the fourth quarter but that only cut the lead to four and neither team scored in the final minute.

“We are young and besides Grant, have new players in the lineup including two that a returning to play following serious knee injuries (Katie Suarez and Jaycee Griggs),” said Humphries after the game.

“We missed way too many easy buckets inside,” Humphries added.

Suarez was the leading scorer for Glenwood in the game with 14 but only one of those points came in the second half.

The Lady Gators went on the road the very next night and lost a five-point game to Evangel Christian, 40-35.

Again the Lady Gators forged a first quarter lead of six points, 15-9 but only scored 20 more points in the next three quarters. Grant led all scorers with 18 points but the next leading scorer for Glenwood was Suarez with 7. Glenwood did not have a field goal in the final quarter against Evangel as all of their points came at the free throw line.

Meanwhile, the Lady Lions, who improved to 6-3, spread their scoring around with Karley Blankenship scoring 13 and Corryne Blanks and Ellejae Reynolds each getting 12.

Glenwood played Calvary Christian on Dec. 4, after Citizen press time. The team will travel to Dothan to meet Northside Methodist on Dec. 7.