By Ronald Frazier
The road was unkind to Glenwood’s Lady Gators as they ventured to Georgia and had their seven-game winning streak snapped by losing two games, one on the 15th and the second on the 16th against two public schools.
Prior to the two losses, Glenwood hosted Shaw High of Columbus and won their 7th straight by defeating the Lady Raiders, 65-48 on the 12th. It was Glenwood’s first girls’ basketball game against a Georgia public school.
The scoring punch was led by Quan Holton and Morgan Grant as Holton had a season-high 28 and Grant added 23 but it was the defense that Coach Julie Humphries was most proud.
“All five starters played very well for the game, especially on defense. They made a little run in the third after we got a big lead and I called a time out and settled things down and we got our rhythm back. Our starters did get tired in the last quarter and they made a run but we hit free throws when we needed to,” Humphries said.
The Lady Gator defense held Shaw scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game and Brailyn Snipes scored 12 of her team-high 14 in the 4th to make the score as close as it was.
The first contest on the 15th was Glenwood’s lop-sided loss of the year as the Lady Gators fell to Our Lady of Mercy by 28 points, 67-39.
“We were intimidated from the start and looked like a deer in the headlights and just didn’t play well,” said Humphries of the loss to the Lady Bobcats. “We could not hit a shot and had no hustle whatsoever.”
Leading the way for the Lady Bobcats win was Morgan Jones, who has committed to play college ball for Florida State, with 22 points. She got plenty of help from teammate Eboni Winston who added 17 more.
The Lady Bobcats wasted no time in dominating the contest as they outscored Glenwood, 26-4 in the first period and were ahead by 30, 46-16 at the half.
The only double figure scorer for the Gators was Holton with 12 points.
After the loss to the Lady Bobcats, Glenwood traveled to Warner Robins and lost to class AAAAA Houston County, 45-34, on the 16th, in a contest much closer than the score indicated.
The Lady Gators actually led after the first quarter, 10-9 but fell behind by three by halftime before losing their second straight game.
“We played much better against them (The Lady Bears) but their post player was dominant in the second half and was too strong for us, especially in the fourth,” Humphries said of the game.
That post player was Destiny Pollard, who scored 17 while Tamaya Spivey added 10 more as the Lady Bears bench was also a factor. Holton again led the Lady Gators with 18 points in the contest but no other Lady Gator scored in double figures.
“We come back home Monday and even though our team lost, this will make us better, facing quality competition on the road so that we can get ready for area and region play.”
“That’s the only way you can get better is to play strong teams and get ready for state play,” she added.
The two losses give Glenwood a 1-2 record against public schools in Georgia for their first time playing those teams and are now 8-3 overall.