Top-ranked teams duel, Lady Knights win 46-33 against Glenwood Gators

By Ronald Frazier

In a battle between the No. 1 ranked Glenwood Lady Gators and the No. 2 ranked Tuscaloosa Academy Lady Knights, Tuscaloosa won, 46-33, in a hard-fought contest Jan. 20 at the Glenwood gym.

“We had a great game plan on defense and did what we wanted to do,” said Glenwood coach Julie Humphries after the game. “They hit shots and we didn’t, it’s as simple as that.

“We had a game plan for 23, 24 and 34 but we were not expecting No. 3 to hit all those threes, she killed us,” Humphries added.

Humphries was talking about reserve guard Hannah English who came off the bench to hit four three-point shots and have her first double-figure scoring game with 12. In all, the Lady Knights had three in double figures. Chloe Johnson scored 10 all in the second half and Kelsey Curry scored 16.

“When No. 3 started hitting those three’s it opened it up,” Humphries reported.

That improved Tuscaloosa Academy’s record to 20-1. They had already won the Area One North title and will be the North’s top seed in the region tournament starting tonight.

Glenwood is now 17-6 after going 1-1 on the week. This was also their first loss of any kind to an Alabama team (the other losses were to Georgia teams).

The Lady Knights hit eight three-pointers in the game while Glenwood had none. Tuscaloosa had a 6-0 run early in the third to jump the lead to 25-15 and Glenwood was never able to make up the difference in the second half.

Leading scorer for the Lady Gators was Quan Holton with 16 and Morgan Grant chipped in with nine. Overall, only four Glenwood players scored in the contest.

“I expect we will see that team again.” Humphries added.

In the other contest, Glenwood played during the week, the Lady Gators defeated Abbeville Christian at the Lady Generals gym, 72-39 on Jan. 15.

In contrast to the game Saturday, four Lady Gators were in double figures against Abbeville Christian, led by JJ Woods and Katie Suarez with 16 points each. Grant added 14 and Holton scored 13 before heading to the bench for most of the second half.

The Glenwood subs also got into the scoring column with 10 points in the game.

“That was Katie’s best game this year,” said Humphries of the contest.”She hit four threes in the game.”

Abbeville Christian had only three players to score with Amaleigh Gives having a game-high 19 and Joiner Hughes added 18, most of those against the Glenwood bench.

Due to the winter storm during the week, Glenwood had to adjust the end of their schedule. The Jan. 22 home game with Heritage Christian was cancelled as the Lady Gators must make up two Area road contests. Glenwood instead met Springwood Academy in Lanett on that date and then traveled to play Lee Scott the afternoon of Jan. 23.  Those two games will determine seeding for the region tournament.

The region tournament was scheduled for CVCC, but the college was unable to accommodate the teams, so a site has yet to be determined.