Gilmer Basketball Brings Instant Classics to the Hardwoods

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Gilmer guard Emma Callihan (#24), a freshman, moves the ball around the key as the GHS offense gets set in Friday night’s home game against Fannin County. Photo by Luther Kinsey, TeamFYNSports.

On the night when future stars from Gilmer County Parks and Recreation were recognized between games, the stars of the present gave the crowd exactly what they came for.  The 6-AAAA Lady Bobcats(11-9 overall, 5-4 Region) hosted the 7-AAA Lady Rebels(8-12 overall, 2-7 Region) of Fannin Co. in a non-region match up.

The first period started slow for both teams and kept that pace through out with points being hard to find. Gilmer’s defense held firm to keep Fannin Co to 10 points yet struggled to score themselves only putting 8 points on the board. Lady Rebels carried a slim 10-8 lead into the 2nd Period.  The Lady Bobcats would not run and hide as the 2nd period got underway.  The energy level of the team increased and The Lady Bobcats came out with a mindset to play ball.  Outscoring the Lady Rebels in the 2nd to carry a 20-20 tie going into the locker room at the half.

As the 3rd period began, one would’ve thought the floor was smoking from the heat the Lady Bobcats defense was putting on the offense of the Lady Rebels.  Once again The Lady Bobcats  rose to challenge and outscored the Lady Rebels with excellent play from junior center Mary Lee Callihan both on offense and defense. Gilmer Lady Bobcats held a 1-point margin  going to the 4th and final period 35-34.

Several lead changes in the final period had fans from both side on the edge of their seats as the time continued to run.   Late game hustle allowed the Lady Bobcats to hold off the Lady Rebels’ last second attempt saving the win.  With this big rivalry win the Lady Bobcats move to 12-9 overall and will host the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders on Monday the 29th at 6:00 as they continue to make up games cancelled due to the weather experienced recently.

Leading Scorers for the Lady Bobcats were Katie Kiker with 12 points and Mallory Kiser with 11 points.

 

The Bobcats (8-13 overall, 2-8 Region) invited the Rebels of Fannin County (3-17 overall, 2-7 Region) into their home for a non region contest as part of a long standing rivalry between the two schools.  From the tip off to start the game the intensity was at a high level.  This game was played hard and close throughout by both teams with multiple lead changes.  Scoring was low in the 1st period with Gilmer Bobcats struggling to keep a 11-10 lead at the end of 1.

Gilmer’s Coaby Cobb fights to penetrate the paint during the Bobcats’ 1-pt thriller at home against Fannin County High School. Photo by Luther Kinsey, TeamFYNSports.

Heading to the 2nd period, the consistency of play from the Bobcats didn’t waiver at all.  The Bobcats continued to pressure the Rebels with outstanding defense and  only allowed 14 points to their opponent.  Keeping the game close and exciting the Bobcat offense put up 10 points on the board and trailing by 3 at the half, 24-21.Once again, as the teams hit the floor, both teams came out slow.  Total for both teams in the 3rd period  came to a combined 16 points.  The Bobcat defense held strong allowing the Rebels of Fannin Co. to only score 8 points.  The Bobcat offense could only muster 8 points as well to keep the game close headed to the 4th.

Midway through the final period you could feel something special in the air and the excitement in the building was indescribable.  The Rebels took a 6 point lead around the 2 minute mark and then…and then here come the Bobcats.  Closing the gap as time continued to tick away, the Bobcats are trailing by 1 point. With 3 seconds on the clock #12 Tyler Sims gets the rebound in flight and puts the game winning points on the board. 47-46

Leading Scorers for the Bobcats were #45 Kell Weaver-15 points and #5 David Smith-11 points.

Stealing a victory in this fashion is a moment that will last forever in the minds of these young athletes and fans alike.

 

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