The Bobcats of Gilmer made the trek to Ridgeland and took the victory 3-1 in yet another tight and hard fought region game. Marvin Reynoso scored a tap in goal after a scramble in the Ridgeland penalty box at 30 mins. The first half ended with the Cats up 1-0 but it was close. Coach Phipps brought the boys together at half time and reinforced the importance of increasing the score.
Ridgeland came out fast at the start of the second half and scored an equalizer within 1 minute of the second half. The boys kept their heads and played some good soccer with timely passing and some nice shots. Israel Bautista scored with a good right footed shot from about 15 yards to put Gilmer up 2-1. The Cats kept on pushing forward and with about 12 mins left on the clock the boys put a good passing move that included Ervin Lopez and Parker Benetiz that lead to another goal for senior Marvin Reynoso.
The Gimer Lady Bobcats traveled to Ridgeland and Tuesday to compete in a region match. The girls got down 0-2 very early in the game. Coach Nicholson said “Ridgeland is a long bus ride. We were tired, sluggish, and clearly not ready to play soccer when we stepped off the bus”. We knew we would get opportunities, but there were some defensive breakdowns that had to be cleaned up.”
The girls rallied and went in the half 4-3. At halftime, Nicholson talked to her team about the errors that had to be fixed. The girls went out in the second half much more relaxed and confident scoring 3 more times and ended the game 7-3. Goals were scored by Naomi Coombs (5), Renea Chastain, and Cat Tercero-Rafael each scoring 1 goal.
JV Girls played Fannin on Wednesday and fell 0-3. Coach Nicholson stated that JV games are really fun because we get lots of girls some field time. Freshmen Keeper Noni Francisco did a great job in goal.
The Bobcats took a short bus ride on Tuesday to face the Dragons of Pickens Co. at Dragon Field. As the visiting team, the Cat’s bats started slow in the top of the first with a one out hit from Austin Daman who would be stranded. The Bobcats offense had opportunities in the second and third leaving 3 more Bobcats stranded on the base pads and one crossing the plate.
The Bobcats would hold close to the Dragons through 3 innings. The top of the fourth inning is where the bats would warm up and Gilmer would get the fans fired up. With the first 2 batters of the inning grounding out, the next three would load the bases setting up Hunter Bowyer with the chance to put the Bobcats out front. Bowyer worked the count full and then unloaded a deep gap shot two bagger to right centerfield scoring two runs. Bowyer was thrown out at third attempting to stretch a triple to end the inning. Headed to the bottom of the fourth inning the Cats held a 4-2 lead over the Dragons. Bobcats would add one run in the sixth on a RBI double from Hunter Bowyer,
The Dragons of Pickens fought back from a 5-2 deficit to steal a victory in the last innnings and give the Bobcats yet another late game loss. Its still early in the season and the Bobcats will find a way to have a complete 7 inning game and right the ship.
Bobcats will host the Dragons at Bobcat Field on Thursday. Game is slated to start at 5:55 pm.
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The Lady Raiders of Southeast Whitfield came into Gilmer High School on Monday looking for an upset and there wasn’t any way the Lady Cats would let that happen. Action started slow with the Lady Cats having to get passed a low shooting percentage and foul trouble early in the first period thus allowing the Lady Raiders to carry a 2 point advantage in to the second period. The Lady Cats fought through adversity in the 2nd to put 18 points on the board while holding the Lady Raiders to 15 points. Really good defense played a role in the score being 26-25 at the half with the Lady Cats on top.
Starting in the 3rd period it was all Lady Cats. These girls came out with new life and energy. Mary Lee Callihan put up 8 of her 12 total points to start putting the Lady Rebels on the bus with a loss. The Lady Cat defense played outstanding only allowing their opponent to put 2 points on the board. At the end of 3, Lady Cats 46-Lady raiders 27. The 4th Period was almost a carbon copy of the previous period with the Lady Cats owning the floor and outscoring the Lady Raiders 26-16. Leading the scoring for the Lady Cats were Katie Kiker-14 points, Mary Lee Callihan-14 points, Bailey Teague and Emma Callihan both had 7 points on the night.
On the boys’ side it was a much different game. Both teams came out fast but neither team could find the net. At the end of the 1st period the score was tied at 9. As the 2nd period began the shots started to fall for both teams and in a manner that is Bobcat basketball, they would’t give up. The Bobcats ended the 1st half with a 22-21 lead headed to the break.
The 3rd period kept the pace of the first half with not a lot of scoring by either team, There were multiple lead changes through out the the period with both teams putting 13 points on the board. Gilmer 35-34 over the Raiders of Southeast headed to the 4th. Both teams came out of the gate headstrong and looking for the region win in the 4th. The Southeast Raiders hit several key baskets to take the lead midway through the period and was able to maintain the lead until late in the game. The Bobcats battled back to within 3 points at 19.2 seconds on the clock. David Smith #5 swished the net with the biggest 3 pointer of the night at 6.9 seconds in the game to tie game 45-45 and send it to overtime.
In the free basketball period(overtime), The Bobcats did a great job of shutting down the Raiders. Scoring 9 points in the overtime period, the Bobcats sealed the win and took a big region win 54-49.
Leading the scoring for the Bobcats were Tyler Simms-18 points, Kell Weaver-15 points and Tripp Pierce-9 points.
As the 2017-2018 season comes to a close for the Lady Cats of Gilmer High School, two this are guaranteed. First is that the ladies on this team put their heart into every game and left everything they had on the court. Second is that Emma Callihan and Mary Lee Callihan will still be balling it up after the High School season is complete.
Not only do Emma and Mary Lee bond and work together on the court as teammates, they have the honor of this at home as sisters. Emma and Mary Lee agree that being sisters on the court together for the High School and their Spring AAU team(North Georgia Titans) has given them a edge. Mary Lee stated “We are always together at practices and games that I can read how Emma is going to cut the coverage by the opposing defense. This allows Emma to better anticipate the pass,” and “I am definitely harder on Emma as a sister than I am on my other teammates.”
These sisters say that their time spent on the hardwoods has brought them closer together not only as sisters but as friends. This bond also comes with respect. Emma callihan says that without a doubt Her sister, Mary Lee is the best player she has ever played with.
With the 2018-2019 season, the Lady Cats will welcome in the 3rd Muskateer. In coming 6’0″ freshman Ellie Callihan will bring the sisterhood to the next level allowing Coach Nunn the blessings of having the depth needed to sustain a full season.
Join us as TeamFYNSports, FYNTV, FetchYourNews proudly present the LIVE coverage of the entire Gilmer Parks & Recreation annual basketball tournament. Coverage begins Saturday morning at 9 AM and all games will be streamed LIVE on FYNTV.com and our YouTube Channel and we will be posting updates via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.
This past Thursday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the Gilmer Bobcats took on the Coahulla Creek Colts at Fannin County High School. Both teams were battling to redeem themselves from their lost games prior to the matchup at Fannin County. The Colts did not come to “horse around”, they put their all into the game and the Bobcats did the same.
During the first quarter of the game, Gilmer relied heavily on inside passes for shots under the basket which was how they scored the majority of their points. This allowed Bobcat, Kell Weaver, to be the main man inside throughout the game and lead Gilmer in scoring with twenty-five points. The Colts did most of their scoring from the outside thanks to their point guard, Maddox Adams. Adams led his team in scoring with twenty-eight points overall. Although the teams had different methods of scoring, it didn’t mean that one was better than the other. As the buzzer sounds for the first quarter to end, the Gilmer Bobcats and Coahulla Creek Colts were tied with a score of 14-14.
Both teams were fighting for the lead as soon as the second quarter began. The Bobcats gained more confidence in their shooting and started making outside shots. Bobcat, Tyler Sims, contributed twenty points for Gilmer with his outside shots. Another Bobcat, David Smith, followed the trend by scoring a three point shot for his team. Bobcat number two, Carter Hice, started driving the lane and put eight more points on the board. Gilmer took the lead over the Colts after the second quarter with a score of 30-24.
With the Colts making fakes left and right, Gilmer also found an opportunity for more points. The Bobcats had the determination to look up the court and see the open lane as a perfect chance for layups. Bobcat, Coady Cobb, had the speed to make the layups and contribute six points for Gilmer. Another Bobcat, Austin Daman, contributed four more points to put on the board for his team. Gilmer doubled their lead over the Colts at the end of the third quarter with a score of 46-34.
Although the Colts lead strayed farther from the Bobcats, they were not giving up. Both teams started getting after it on defense and drawing fouls. Towards the end of the game, Gilmer started driving the defense inside, leaving teammates on the outside open where they would score more points. The Colts proved to have outstanding determination and hustle by going after loose balls and getting steals on defense. However, it was not enough for them to trot away with a win. Being the last game of the night, the Gilmer Bobcats closed out the first day of the tournament with a 66-54 win over the Coahulla Creek Colts.
The Bobcats win puts their overall record at 4-8 while the Colts stand at 3-7. Catch the Gilmer Bobcats next region game on January 5 at 8:30 as they travel to take on Northwest Whitfield!
The Lady Bobcats traveled to Fannin County High School this past Thursday where they were matched up to take on the Lady Colts for day one of the Mountaintop Holiday Classic. The Colts were striving to continue their winning streak of two games prior to the matchup at Fannin County while the Bobcats were determined to knock them off their high horse and redeem themselves from a seven point loss to Union just a few nights before.
The Lady Colts did not waste any time. The first chance they got on defense, they went into a full court press. Despite the Lady Colts high pressure defense, the Lady Bobcats broke the press with no trouble. Gilmer had amazing looks up the court and found many opportunities for wide open shots. Bobcat, Emma Callihan, broke through the full court press and led her team in scoring by putting twenty-three points on the board. Lady Colt, Lily Snyder, led Coahulla Creek in scoring with twenty points overall. Number ten for the Bobcats, Marylee Callihan, was right behind her teammate in scoring with nineteen points thanks to her ankle-breaking moves under the basket. The Lady Bobcats had a three point lead over the Lady Colts at the end of the first quarter with a score of 16-13.
With the Lady Colts behind, they decided to try what was working for the Lady Bobcats. Coahulla Creek started looking up the court for open passes where they added onto their score. Bobcat, Faith Ralston, starting driving the lane and contributed two points for Gilmer. The Bobcats defense came alive towards the end of the quarter which resulted in Mallory Kiser getting steals and putting seventeen points on the board. Lady Colt, Mallory Poe, makes a three point buzzer beater shot at the end of the second quarter. Poe’s shot made the score 35-29 with Gilmer still in the lead.
Since the Lady Bobcats tried to keep their lead just as hard as the Lady Colts tried to take it away from them, both teams started fouling. Bobcat, MichaMichaela Staley, drew fouls and made one of her shots which contributed one point for Gilmer. Another Lady Bobcat, Hope Colweu, contributed two points for her team from foul shots due to her grit down low. As the third quarter came to an end, the Lady Bobcats kept their lead over the Lady Colts with a score of 54-42.
As the fourth quarter began, the Lady Colts found what was missing in their defense. Coahulla Creek’s intensity came alive by making steals left and right. With the Colts making adjustments, the Bobcats had to do the same if they wanted to keep their lead. Gilmer started to have good looks and passes on the inside where they extended their lead. The ball would be on the Lady Colts side of the court one second, then on the Lady Bobcats the other. Despite the Colts burst of energy at the end, they could not gallop to victory. The Gilmer Lady Bobcats won the game with a score of 77-67 over the Coahulla Creek Lady Colts.
The Lady Bobcats win puts their overall record at 7-5 with the Lady Colts standing at 5-6. Catch the Gilmer Lady Bobcats next region game on January 5 at 7:00 as they travel to take on Northwest Whitfield!