Gators win by 44 points

Nov. 30, 2017

By Ronald Frazier

After going 1-1 in the Terrell Tip-off tournament on Thanksgiving week, the Glenwood Lady Gators came home and handed the Lakeside Lady Chiefs a pounding, winning by 44 points, 66-22 on Nov. 27. Glenwood, now 3-1 on the year, will take that record to Abbeville Christian on Tuesday night before returning home to host Autauga Academy on Dec. 4. In the win against Lakeside, the Lady Gators were down 4-2 but scored the next 11 points to go ahead 13-4 and never looked back. The lead was large enough that the final quarter was played with a running clock.

“Quan had a great game after being limited by Westwood last week and sparked us on offense,” said Glenwood coach Julie Humphries after the game.

Holton had 23 of her game-high 26 points by halftime and after hitting a three-pointer early in the third, headed for the bench for the rest of the game. Coming off the bench, Jaycee Griggs  was the second leading scorer with 10, including an acrobatic layup in the second when the Lady Gator bench outscored Lakeside 10-0 and Glenwood made it a stroll by outscoring the Lady Chiefs 28-3 in that second quarter.

“We have the offense to put points on the board but we are not playing good defense. We are not where we need to be.” Humphries said of her team. Despite that, Lakeside came into the game with a gaudy 5-1 record. However, they were unable to score double figures as a team in any quarter and no single player was in double figures. “We got to them early and they could not stop our offense,” said Humphries of her team’s win.

In the Terrell Tip-off the Lady Gators opened with Crisp Academy and doubled the score, 54-27 on Nov. 20. After a close first period, Glenwood outscored Crisp, 15-5 to take a 13-point lead. Holton was the big factor in that game as she had 19 and JJ Woods was also in double figures with 10. In fact with both teams playing their benches, the Lady Gators outscored Crisp 12-0 in the last quarter.

“They had their weaker players in the last quarter but we had another good offensive game and again our bench was outstanding,” said Humphries of the win.

On the next day, the Lady Gators faced undefeated Westwood and came out with their first loss of the year, losing 57-41. The key there was Westwood concentrated on Holton and held her to eight points. Woods topped the Lady Gators with 12 and Morgan Grant added 10 more. Katie Suarez was also in double figures with 10.

“We stayed with them for the first half and they were only ahead a couple of points (21-19) but we were flat in the second half and the game got away from us,” said Humphries of the game against Westwood. Gracie Pollack led Westwood with 18 followed closely by teammate Karlie Jones with 16.  “I was impressed. They are 8-10 players deep and they should win the state GIAC in Georgia in class AA, they are that good,” she added.