With two big wins, including one against arch-rival Lee-Scott, that allowed Glenwood Coach Dusty Perdue not to be upset with the Lady Gators losing their last game on the road.

First, Glenwood came from behind to defeat Fort Dale Academy by a 60-53 score on Jan. 10. Then, in a game moved from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13 due to weather concerns, the Lady Gators made it two wins in a row with a convincing 53-42 victory over the visiting Lady Warriors in a packed Glenwood gym.

Then Glenwood had to go on the road on Jan. 14 and lost a tough contest to Southland Academy in Americus by a 59-32 score. Glenwood is now 13-6 overall and 2-0 in region play.

In the game against Fort Dale, Perdue had praise for his whole team in their comeback win.

“We were down seven points in the final period and outscored them 21-12” said Perdue, after the game. “We put on a press and that made the difference, and Anna Grace Griggs stepped up in the second half as well.”

Griggs led Glenwood with 16 points, followed by Takayla Davis, who added 14 points as the Glenwood inside game did most of the damage for the Lady Gators.

“TK (Davis) has just kept getting better and better as the season has come along,” Perdue said.

Brinkley Long led the Lady Eagles with 17 points as Fort Dale did not use their bench much in the game, and four of their five starters were in double figures led by Long.

The game also served as a bit of revenge for Glenwood, who dropped a 10-point game to Fort Dale at home at the Thanksgiving break.

Despite the Lee-Scott game being moved, the Lady Gators led from the start against the Lady Warriors and never let them get any closer than three points.

“We came out with a lot of energy and were pumped up and ready to play,” Perdue said. “TK had a double -double in scoring and rebounding, and everyone did their share tonight.”

Glenwood played better in all phases of the game - shooting better at the free throw line, plus getting points in the paint. Davis led all scoring with 24 points and Glenwood’s second post player, Bobbi Taylor Breazeale, had eight points.

“Halle Pallmore has taken the role of point guard for us, and that frees up Olivia and Anna Grace (Griggs) to make some big plays on defense,” Perdue recounted. “Then, when Lee-Scott got close, our senior Emma Head steps up, hits a three pointer, and scores five straight points, and that was about it. You add Bobbi Taylor’s play and the significant minutes by Claire Crisco, and it was a great team effort.”

Head’s three-pointer was the only one Glenwood had in the game. She was fouled after rebounding an errant shot and then stepped up to hit 2-for-2 at the foul line.

The next afternoon, Glenwood had to face the Georgia state No. 2 ranked girls, Southland Academy and the Lady Raiders picked up their fifteenth win against only one defeat.

“We were there in the first half but ran out of gas in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter,” said Perdue, speaking about the final quarter when Southland outscored Glenwood, 18-3.

Breazeale led Glenwood with nine points, while Morgan Weaver, who had four threes led four double figure scorers for Southland with 18 for the game, almost a repeat of Glenwood’s game against Southland in the ‘Border Wars’ tournament as Glenwood lost to the Lady Raiders in that game, 59-34.

Glenwood rolls into the final two weeks of the regular season with a busy schedule. They will meet Springwood on Jan. 17 in a region game in Lanett, followed by a second region game against Macon East at home on Jan. 19. The final game of the week will be Jan. 20 in Prattville versus Autauga Academy in a non-region contest.