Lady Gators: Suarez  goes down, Gators bench steps up

Lady Gators: Suarez goes down, Gators bench steps up

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By Ronald Frazier

On Jan. 3, Glenwood won their home game against a strong Macon East team at “The Pit,” but the victory’s happiness was short-lived.

That is because starting guard Katie Suarez went down with a knee injury on the last play of the first half and did not return. The seriousness of the injury is currently unknown, but an MRI will be done.

“We are not sure what the situation is. She is certainly a key part of our offense as well as our defense,” Glenwood coach Julie Humphries said.

There will be time, if the injury is not serious, as the Lady Gators game with Success Unlimited Academy has been postponed and no other varsity games are scheduled from Jan. 7-11. Glenwood’s next game is Jan. 14 against Calvary Christian.

On Jan. 3, the Lady Knights came in the contest with a sparkling 9-1 overall record as opposed to Glenwood’s 7-7, but it was the Gators that applied the pressure.

“I was proud of the way our players stepped up,” Humphries said of the contest. “We have lost some leads this year but this time, even without Katie, players stepped up. Our bench played their best overall game of the year as we had several regulars sit our due to foul problems.”

Two of those starters were leading scorer Morgan Grant and Jaycee Griggs. Griggs led the team in scoring for the first time this season with 14 total and hit four three-pointers for the Lady Gators. Grant chipped in with 12.

Bench scoring was led by sixth-man Kassie Kile with six and Alicia Pinter scored a season-high three.

“Now we are going to have to grow up in a hurry but for one game, we ran our offense and did what we needed to do on defense to win,” Humphries said. Madison Kennedy led the Lady Knights with 17.

The happiness of the win wore off as Glenwood played Southland Academy in Americus on Jan. 5 and lost, 43-21.

“The game was not good. We were down 15-4 at the end of the first quarter and had no one that could give us a spark. Plus with Katie out, they double teamed Morgan,” Humphries said of the Saturday road contest.

Grant had eight points and was the top scorer for Glenwood as Southland had two double figure scorers, Sydney Payne with 12 and Carlyn Fort with 11.

In the second half, with Glenwood down 17, both teams substituted freely but the Lady Gators only managed eight total points in the second half.