By Ronald Frazier
After adding an extra game to the Glenwood Lady Gators as one team dropped out of Border Wars, the Lady Gators finished with a 2-1 record that could have been even better, if not for a fourth-quarter rally by Deerfield-Windsor. The Lady Knights won that contest on Dec. 28 by a single point, 54-53.
“I have to say that one hurt a little bit,” Coach Julie Humphries said after the contest was over. “I looked at the clock, and we were up 51-45 with less than two minutes left and the next thing they are down 54-51.”
“They were an aggressive team, and they put us at the free throw line, but we needed to make more shots,” Humphries said. “We had close in shots at the goal and missed them. The killer instinct was not there.”
Glenwood did get a turnover in the final seconds to set up a final shot but were called for a five-second call to give the ball back to Deerfield. Again, Glenwood got the ball back but were unable to get off a clean shot as the horn sounded.
Humphries did cite Jaycee Griggs and Morgan Grant for their contributions. Grant had a game high 21 points, while Griggs added a season high 12. Katie Suarez was also in double figures with 16, including 10 of 12 from the foul line.
“Jaycee played very hard and Katie hit the foul shots when we needed them but we just turned the ball over too much in the second half and did not put enough pressure on them.” said Humphries.
Deerfield had two double figure scorers, Rachel Bonner with 18 and Lila Lauren with 14.
Humphries would not use it as an excuse, but the Deerfield game was Glenwood’s second game of the day. The Lady Gators played East Memorial Christian Academy at 11:30 a.m. at the Bowyer gym and won 39-25.
The Lady Gators played most of the game with their second team as Humphries did rest her five starters. Payton Corbett’s eight points led Glenwood that had two players, Katelyn Blackshear and Olivia Sharpe, score their first points in varsity play. The starters pretty much played about half the contest. East Memorial’s Tyriria Brown led all players with 10.
“We got lazy on defense and should have played better. Moving our feet and getting into position,” Humphries said.
“I wanted to rest the starters because I knew that we were playing again in five hours,” Humphries said of her strategy, and but for the fourth quarter of the second game, it could have worked for a 3-0 Border Wars record.
That put the Lady Gators against Highland Christian in the Border Wars finale on Dec. 29, and Glenwood won based on their defensive play. Highland Christian went into the game with an 11-6 record but only scored two points in the first period, and Glenwood forged a lead they never relinquished. The game started an hour early for both teams as previous contests ended earlier than scheduled, and both teams seemed to have offensive woes.
Glenwood won the low-scoring contest 35-25 and never trailed.
“We came out flat. I am not sure what it was. We kept them from scoring but kept missing shots we should have made. You need to finish the opponents off and we were unable to do that. We are going to have to play better,” said a subdued Humphries after the victory.
Once again, Grant led all scorers with 12 as Highland put Glenwood on the foul line. The Lady Gators hit six of seven in that fourth period and nine of 13 for the game.
Macaula Scruggs had 10 of the Lady Eagles’ 25 points.
The Lady Gators are now off until Jan. 3, when they will meet Macon East in a game that was moved. Originally scheduled to start with JV teams at 4:30 p.m., the games will now begin at 1:00 p.m. Both schools are out for classes, and it was agreed to start earlier.
Glenwood will then host Brookstone Jan. 4 before traveling to Americus to face Southland Academy Jan. 5.
It was also reported that the non-region contest with Autauga Academy that was scheduled in December will not be made up. In addition, the game with Success Academy scheduled there on the Jan. 7 has been moved to Glenwood tentatively to be played on Jan. 9.