As if these two teams do not play enough throughout the preseason tournament and the regular season, fate would have to see this match up one more time in the 2018-2019 season.
The Gilmer Lady Cats came into the consolation game of the 6-4A region tournament with a 3-0 record over the Nettes of Pickens High School but as in any rivalry, the records can be thrown out the door. The Lady Cats came out of the locker room with nothing but winning on their minds and that they did. At the completion of the first period of play, Emma Deyton(7 points), MaryLee Callihan(7 points), and Mallory Kiser(5 points) led the scoring for Gilmer and pushed out a 21-8 lead over the Nettes. The scoring was evenly split across both teams in the second as the Nettes put up seven that was matched by the Lady Cats who had eight to keep the lead at 29-15 heading into the halftime intermission.
The Nettes came out for the third period with a renewed spirit to close the gap in the score on the board. With 18 Nettes points, McKenzie Weaver discovered a rhythm to score 11 contributing in a huge way to bring her team back. The Lady Cats added 11 points off the hands of Mallory Kiser, Beth Burnette, and Emma Callihan to stay in front of the “never say die: Nettes of Pickens. The fourth and determining period went the way of the Lady Cats who put up 12 points and held on for a 9 point victory over the Pickens Nettes to earn 3rd place in Region.
Next up for the Lady Cats will be on Friday the 15th as they travel to Atlanta for a first-round matchup with the Marist Lady War Eagles. Game time is 6:00 PM.
Tuesday night of last week had the #2 seeded Bobcats facing the #7 seeded Ridgeland Panthers in a first-round game in the 6-4A post-season tournament.
The Bobcats played a hard-fought game all night but at the end of four periods of play, they found themselves at the end of a really good season. The Ridgeland Panthers had for players in double figures including their big inside threat Fred Norman who had 20 points on the night. The Panthers jumped out to an early 13-6 lead and never looked back. Gilmer had no answer to the Ridgeland attack until the third period. Coach Hice call for and implemented the man press which allowed the Cats to fight back late and tie the score only to see their opponents take the final lead of the night on free throws to seal the 57-53 win to end the run for the Bobcats.
Tripp Pierce led the scoring for Gilmer on the night with 16 points. David Smith and Carter Hice had 9 points and 8 points respectively in the tough loss. Several seniors have played their last game as a Bobcat and the emotion showed on their faces. The Bobcats had a banner year and though the season came crashing to an unexpected halt, Coach Hice and his team will bounce back next season.
The Team FYN Sports Player of the Week for the Gilmer Lady Cats is Jasmine Staley.
Staley is a dual sport athlete who is dedicated to giving her all both on the softball field and the basketball court. Her role on the team in coming off the bench is to rest the starters. Do not let her minimal minutes fool you. Staley isn’t afraid to shoot from beyond the arc and blast a 3 pointer. Throughout the season, Jasmine has helped the Lady Cats make it through region and earn a spot in the State Playoffs.
The final Player of the Week recipient for the Gilmer Bobcats week 10 is Tripp Pierce.
Tripp has been a standout for the team all year as a senior. His leadership and consistent play throughout the 2018-2019 season has been a major role in the Bobcats excellent season.
The Team FYN Sports Lady Cat Player of the Week for week 9 is Emma Callihan.
As one of three Callihans on the Lady Cats team, Emma separates herself from the others by bringing her own style of play to the floor. She can drive the lane for a hard-fought layup or take the mid-range shot from anywhere around the basket. In the home game vs. Heritage, Callihan scored 20 points for her highest point total on the season.
The week 9 Player of the Week for the Gilmer Bobcats chosen by Team FYN Sports is Sophomore Carson Pierce.
Carson is ready to play when his number is called. Coming off the bench, he averages a little under 3 points per game but more importantly the hustle and drive Carson brings to the floor is setting him up for his Junior and senior years as a Bobcat.
The Team FYN Sports Player of the Week for week 8 of the Lady Cats season is Jalynn Ledford.
Jalynn is a junior and plays Center for Coach Nunn. Ledford plays a tight defense and has the skills underneath to be a powerful presence in the paint. Though she doesn’t carry high numbers in scoring, Ledford is someone you like to have on your team to help keep the opponent from making the easy baskets on the inside.
The week 6 Player of the Week for the Gilmer Lady Cats is Beth Burnette.
Wearing #11, Burnette is yet another sophomore Lady Cat that gets quality minutes on the court in relief of the starting five. She takes advantage of every minute that Coach Nunn sends her in the game. Beth Burnette will have a different job description with the 2019-2020 season as her leadership comes into place.