By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood’s Lady Gators were challenged with two tough opponents and split two games in the Annual “Border Wars” tournament held Dec. 28-29 at Glenwood’s gym.
The Lady Gators first opponent was the 8-1 Deerfield-Windsor Lady Knights and Glenwood came out on top by a 63-52 score.
“That team was like a bunch of ants (at a picnic), they were not going away and were a scrappy as any team we play,” said Coach Julie Humphries after the game.
Quan Holton and Morgan Grant led the scoring for Glenwood with Holton scoring 27 and Grant 18. Grant also had a double-double with 17 boards.
“Those are the two players that have led us in scoring all year and we needed it tonight,” Humphries said. “Morgan and JJ (Woods) were huge on the boards as well and that has sparked our team.”
Deerfield-Windsor came at the Lady Gators in waves and would substitute the entire starting lineup throughout the game to keep fresh players in order to maintain their full court press.
Glenwood used a press but did not have the bench to keep up the pressure, so they dropped back into a zone and kept the pressure on the Lady Knights to hit from the outside. Deerfield-Windsor was only two of 11 on three-point goals.
“We had the lead so we wanted them to shoot from the outside,” Humphries said. “And our bench, Abby Brown and Payton Corbett, did hit some shots when we needed them to.”
The bench was important as Woods picked up her fourth foul and did not score in the 4th period for Glenwood.
The win improved Glenwood at that time to 11-3 while Deerfield-Windsor fell to 8-2.
The next night, Glenwood was to play Unity Prep, but the Lady Rams were unable to make the trip, so Glenwood scheduled Marion County High School and the 10-1 Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Gators, 55-32 on Dec. 29.
Marion County outscored Glenwood 28-11 in the second half after only leading by seven at halftime.
“They were a good team and we couldn’t do anything with No. 2,” said Humphries after the game. “You just have to give them credit, they were playing well.”
“This is good in a way because you don’t get better without playing strong teams and I am hoping this will make us a better team down the road,” she added.
The Lady Eagles saw the damage that Holton did the previous night and concentrated their defensive efforts on her drives and limited her to 11 points and Grant had nine.
The Lady Eagles No. 2 was Terri Myers, who had 23 total points to lead all scorers in the game.
Glenwood double-teamed Myers in the second half but that allowed the Lady Eagles other players to get inside as they scored 12 of the team’s 16 points in the third and all of Marion’s points in the final quarter.
“That’s what I mean by a good team. We started shutting down their top scorer and all the other starters contributed and that’s what a good team does,” Humphries said.
Although the Lady Gators fell to 11-4 on the year, three of their four losses have been to public school in Georgia. They are 10-1 overall against private schools.
The first week of January has four games on slate for Glenwood, playing Macon East on the road on Jan. 3 before returning home against Calvary Christian on Jan. 5 and then traveling to Lakeside Jan. 6 before going to Americus to play Southland Academy on Jan. 7.