Gators trying to find team identity

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By Ronald Frazier

After an exciting one-point overtime win in Elmore versus Edgewood Academy, the Glenwood basketball team had a tough week, losing two close games and having their record drop to 4-4 on the young season.

Those two losses were to Pike Liberal Arts by a 54-48 margin and to Lakeside School in Eufaula by a 43-34 score.

“We got back from Edgewood well after midnight and had to come back on the next day,” said head Coach Dusty Perdue, after the Pike game. “We had the lead at halftime, but they put a 2-2-1 half court trap on our guards in the second half and we couldn’t do anything right.”

The Gators led by 10 at the half but were out-scored 19-4 in the third period sparked by the Patriots defense, and the Gators could not get the momentum back.

“We got outplayed, and they wanted it more than we did in the second half,” added Perdue. “Pike got more rebounds and better post play than we did in the second half.”

The leading scorer for Glenwood was Bryce Rozier who scored 15 points before fouling out in the last quarter. He hit three three-pointers including two threes in the last quarter to keep Glenwood close. Anthony King’s 10 made it two double figure scorers for Glenwood.

Javon Christian’s 15 tied Rozier for leading score honors and Drew Nelson had 11, nine of those on foul shots in the last quarter when Glenwood was forced to foul.

The next game for Glenwood was against Lakeside, and the Chiefs slowed the pace of the game down and won a low-scoring game. The 34 points was a season low for the Gators this year.

No Glenwood player was in double figures. Rozier scored nine and Landis Boyd scored eight. Glenwood scored only one point in the third period but stayed close as Lakeside only had four.

‘Not a good night for the Gators,” said Perdue about the Friday night contest.

“We couldn’t make an outside shot and could not make an inside shot. Made one three all night,” said Perdue.

“We are our own biggest opponent and we are trying to find our team identity,” Perdue added.

The Gators will be off for the next six days before traveling to Gatlinburg, Tenn. to play Dec. 20-22 in the “Winter Classic”.

“We will get three games in three days against very good opponents,” said Perdue.

Lady Gators: Four-game streak takes record to 5-5

Glenwood’s Lady Gators ran their win streak to four games in a row with a home victory before losing on the road to Lakeside by two points to even their team record to 5-5 overall.

After a strong offensive effort to win their third straight, Glenwood hosted Pike Liberal Arts and coasted to a 59-39 win to make it four straight.

“This was a good game for us and a good win for the team. Our players are getting more comfortable with each other with Morgan (Grant) and Katie (Suarez) scoring,” said girls head coach Julie Humphries. “Both of them have been scoring in the last three games.”

“Morgan has been scoring inside for us, and Katie has been willing to dribble and penetrate and that has opened up her three-point shot,” Humphries said.

Glenwood had a 16-point lead at the half, but Morgan Grant picked up her third foul and headed to the bench. Pike moved within 10, and Grant reentered the game, and the Lady Gators got their rhythm back.

Suarez was the leading scorer with 22, including two-three pointers, and Grant added 19. Leading Pike was their 8th-grade post player Tammi Singleton with 13.

The Lady Gators then traveled to Eufaula, where they faced the Lady Chiefs and dropped a close 48-46 game to Lakeside.

This time, Grant took the scoring lead with 24, while Suarez added 18. The problem was the rest of the Glenwood team only scored four points in the contest.

“We waited too late to start playing,” reported Humphries, after the loss.

“We were sloppy in the first three quarters and got down by 11 points,” Humphries added. “I was very proud of them for not folding and coming back.”

“We have to learn from every game to get better,” she added.

The Lady Gators will now take a few days off before returning to action on the Dec. 20 against Georgia powerhouse Marion County. Starting last year, public schools were allowed to play private schools, and the Lady Gators played the Lady Eagles in 2017 and lost.

“They needed another game, and we were open. It will be a real test for us,” Humphries said of her opponent.

The next scheduled games after that are Glenwood’s annual “Border Wars” tournament Dec. 28-29.