Last night, Feb. 24, the Gilmer Bobcats traveled to Fannin Co. to take on the Rebels for the 10U recreation basketball district championship. Although both teams fought hard until the end, the Rebels were the ones to walk away with a 44-31 championship victory to move on to the state tournament.
Gilmer got the ball from tip off and wasted no time putting the ball into action. Chas Curtis started things off for the Bobcats as he drove to the basket for a layup to give Gilmer the early lead. Curtis finished the night with 12 points. For the Rebels, Keaton Watkins responded by drawing a foul and adding a point from the free-throw line to put Fannin Co. on the board. Watkins led the Rebels in scoring for the night as he earned 16 points overall. Kole Foster was the one to get the lead for Fannin Co. as he made an outside shot to put the score at 3-2. The Bobcats were quick to take back the lead as Preston McVey made a shot on the block to put the score at 4-3. McVey was an unstoppable force on the block for the night as he led the Bobcats in scoring for the night with 14 points. Cannon Holloway returned the favor with a made layup to give Fannin Co. the lead back and put the score at 5-4. Holloway finished the night with eight points. Holloway continued putting the ball into action as he passed up the court to Rylin Davis who drove the ball in for a layup to extend the Rebels’ lead. Davis finished with 11 points. Gilmer’s McVey made a shot on the block to put the score at 7-6 with Fannin Co. in the lead to end the first quarter.
The game continued to go back-and-forth to start the second quarter as McVey continued to show off his moves on the block to give Gilmer an 8-7 lead. Jayden Richerson for Fannin Co. quickly responded as he made an outside shot to put the score at 9-8 with Fannin Co. in the lead. Reid Holloway added onto the score as he drew a foul and contributed a point of his own from the free-throw line. McVey was the one to tie up the ball game 10-10 for Gilmer to take the lead on the very next play as Jase McCollum made a rebound shot and contributed five points overall to the Bobcats’ score. McVey for Gilmer contributed two points of his own from the free throw line and Curtis scored another layup to advance the Bobcats’ score. Rylin Davis for Fannin Co. made a free throw to put the score at 16-13 with the Rebels trying to catch up. Fannin Co.’s Holloway received an assist from Richerson to give Fannin Co. the lead with at 17-16. The Rebels’ lead did not last long as McVey put another shot up from the block to put the score at 18-17 with Gilmer back in the lead to go into halftime.
To start off the second half, Fannin Co. found their fire. Holloway was the one to take the lead back for the Rebels as he made an outside shot followed by a layup to put the score at 21-18. Richerson had grit on defense as he took a charge to keep the Bobcats from scoring a layup. The Rebels played a solid defense as they only allowed the Bobcats to score four points the entire quarter while Fannin Co. scored 18 to run away with their lead and never looked back. The Rebels were able to close out the third quarter with a 38-22 lead against the Bobcats.
Although Gilmer was down, they refused to give up. They kept making steals to drive to their basket while Fannin Co. did the same. Casen Bailey made his presence known in the second half of the game as he got after it and added four points on the board for Fannin Co. overall. McCollum closed out the game as he made a 3-point shot to add to the Bobcats’ score, however it was not enough to catch up to the Rebels, who won the championship 44-31.
Gilmer head coach Patrick McVey stated, “This Gilmer team worked hard all season long but just fell short tonight.”
Fannin Co. head coach Bryan Richerson stated, “The kids played well. It’s a sight to see these kids get some success as something for us to build on.”
Fannin Co. will go on to play the winner of District 2 on Friday night, March 6, at 8:45 p.m. at Hendrix Park Gym located at 3960 Wilma Edwards Road in Ellavell, Georgia.
Emma Callihan led all scorers with 14 points, Elly Callihan added 12 points, Jalynn Ledford had eight points, and Bailey Teague finished with five points.
The first quarter was close and ended with a score of 10-9. Gilmer made some free throws in the second quarter and Brady Sanford hit two clutch 3-pointers to help get the offense going. With some good rebounding and defensive play, the Bobcats were able to pull away and end the first half leading 31-19.
Gilmer benefited from outstanding rebounding on both ends of the court and timely shooting during critical moments throughout the night. Each time the Rebels got close, the Bobcats responded and pulled away.
“All around, the first half was great for us. The worst part was the third quarter. We slowed down our scoring and we gave up too many points. I think the thing that helped us was Fannin got into foul trouble. We were in double bonus during the whole fourth quarter. Hitting those free throws was a big part of the win for us.”
Elly Callihan, the team’s leading scorer on the season, finished with 16 points. Emma Callihan added six points and Jasmine Staley also finished with six points.
Coach Nunn said after the game, “They out played us. They’ve got a good team, they managed the game very well and we struggled from the foul line tonight. We played pretty well, but we lost our composure in the fourth quarter and allowed them to get a good lead on us.”
Luke Wimpey is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Bobcats!
Wimpey, a guard, was a steady factor for Gilmer (5-5, 2-3 Region 6-4A) during three tough losses this past week.
On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Wimpey scored eight points in a three-points loss to rival Pickens, 59-56, in Ellijay.
Against LaFayette on Friday, Dec. 20, Wimpey scored 11 points, including three made 3-pointers, as the Bobcats fell 70-56 in Ellijay.
In Blairsville on Saturady, Dec. 21, Wimpey hit a pair of shots from beyond-the-arc to account for six points as Gilmer lost 73-43.
For his efforts, Wimpey is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Bobcats!
An explosion from beyond-the-arc propelled the Union Co. Panthers basketball team to a big 73-43 win against Gilmer on Saturday in Blairsville.
Sophomore Lake Hughes his seven second-half 3-pointers, including five in the fourth quarter, to put the game out of reach for the Panthers (4-6, 1-2 Region 8-2A).
Despite six players scoring in the first half for Union Co., the Bobcats (5-5, 2-3 Region 6-4A) managed to stay within six points at the half 25-19.
Sophomore Cade Carter scored 11 of the team’s first half points to keep Gilmer within striking distance heading into the second half. Carter finished with a team-high 18 points in the loss.
The Panthers got hot from outside in the third, as Hughes and senior Pierson Allison both hit two 3-pointers in the period. Junior Kaston Hemphill scored five and senior Sawyer Brety chipped in four during the period as Union Co. began to pull away at 46-32 heading into the fourth.
The final frame was all Hughes, who buried all five shots he took from outside. The Panthers outscored the Bobcats 27-11 in the fourth to earn the victory.
Junior guard Brady Sanford scored six points in the third for Gilmer, while fellow junior Braden Jenkins scored all five of his points in the fourth.
Sanford finished with eight points for the Bobcats.
Hughes finished with a game-high 23 points for the Panthers, while Allison finished with 16.
Allison was also recognized during the first quarter after scoring his fourth point of the game. The made shot took Allison passed 1,000 points for his career at Union Co.
Hemphill and Brey both finished with 10 points for the Panthers, who next play Walhalla at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26, in the Towns Co. Battle of the State Tournament in Hiawassee.
Luke Wimpey and Lewis Mulkey ended the game with six points each for Gilmer, which next plays a regular-season game Saturday, Jan. 4, against Fannin Co. at 5:30 p.m. in Ellijay.
Emma Callihan is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady ‘Cats!
Callihan, a junior guard, made her presence known on the scoreboard and on defense during the past week as Gilmer (8-3, 5-0 Region 6-4A) earned two region wins and lost a tough non-conference game on the road.
On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Callihan scored 18 points as the Lady ‘Cats completely dominated rival and region-foe Pickens 94-67 in Ellijay.
Against Layfayette on Friday, also in Ellijay, Callihan was a key figure in the Lady ‘Cats suffocating defense while also scoring eight points in a 71-44 Gilmer victory.
Callihan finished the week by scoring 12 points in a narrow, 54-52 loss to Union Co. on Saturday, in Blairsville.
For her efforts, Callihan is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady ‘Cats!
Despite cutting the Lady Panthers’ lead to just one point twice in the final 90 seconds Saturday night, Dec. 21, the Gilmer girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a rough shooting night from the free-throw line and fell to Union Co. 54-52 in Blairsville.
While Union Co. (9-1, 3-0 Region 8-2A) had three players score in double figures, it was a pressure defense in the second half that allowed the team to build off a six-point lead at half and take a 39-30 lead into the fourth.
Freshman Ellie Cook led the way for the Lady Panthers with a team-high 14 points, including three made 3-pointers. Senior Andelin Hill scored 12 and sophomore Ava Hunter added 11 for Union Co.
The Lady ‘Cats (8-3, 5-0 Region 6-4A) stormed back in the final frame led by strong guard play and a trapping, full-court defense that forced the home team into multiple turnovers.
Gilmer’s fourth-quarter surge was led by junior Emma Callihan and sophomore Elly Callihan. The pair scored 11 points combined in the period and, along with senior Bailey Teague, anchored a defense that put Gilmer right back in the game mid-way through the period.
Trailing by 10, 42-32, with 6:17 to go, junior Jasmine Staley hit a big 3-pointer from the wing, then follow on the next possession with a driving lay-up to close the gap to five with five minutes left.
Union Co. senior Kait McCarter stopped the run for a moment with a made shot, but a free-throw from Teague and made baskets from both Emma Callihan and Elly Callihan drew the Lady ‘Cats within two, 44-42, with 2:47 to go.
Hunter and Hill hit back-to-back shots for the Lady Panthers during the next 30 seconds to push the lead back to six at 48-42.
A 5-0 run from Gilmer closed the gap to one, 48-47, with 57 seconds to go, before Hill made a pair of free throws for Union Co.
Emma Callihan scored against with 22 seconds left to close back to one point at 50-49, but senior Brooke Dockery made four-straight free throws to put the lead back to five at 55-49.
A late 3-pointer from Teague cut the lead to two, but time ran out for the Lady ‘Cats as Union Co. collected the two-point win.
Teague finished the night with a game-high 15 points for Gilmer, followed by 12 points each from Emma Callihan and Elly Callihan. Despite the strong effort, the Lady ‘Cats just couldn’t overcome going 6-of-21 as a team from the free-throw line.
Gilmer’s next regular-season game is Saturday, Jan. 4, against Fannin Co. at 4 p.m. in Ellijay.
Dockery scored nine points for Union Co., which begins play in the Towns Co. Battle of the States tournament Thursday, Dec. 26, against Walhalla at 1 p.m. in Hiawassee.
The Lady Panthers’ next regular-season game is against Rabun Co. (11-0, 3-0) on Friday, Jan. 3, in Blairsville.
Union Co. and Rabun Co. sit tied atop the Region 8-2A standings.
Bailey Teague is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lady Cats!
Teague, a senior, scored a game-high 21 points in a narrow, 61-59 loss at Murphy on Thursday, Dec. 5, from the point guard position.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Teague was second on the team with nine points in a big Region 6-4A victory against Southeast Whitfield County. The Lady Cats (4-2, 1-0) won the game 57-41, with Teague handling the distribution responsibilities from the point.
For her efforts this week, Bailey Teague is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lady Cats!
Cade Carter is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Bobcats!
Carter put forth incredible effort last week, pulling down double-digit rebounds and scoring double-digits points in two wins for Gilmer.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Carter scored 16 points as the Bobcats took down Region 6-4A opponent Southeast Whitfield Co. 68-55 in Ellijay.
Carter followed that with 14 points and double-digit rebounds in a big, non-conference win at Murphy on Thursday, Dec. 5, in Murphy.
Carter came to play over the week on defense, providing great inside presence for the Bobcats in the two wins. The sophomore is off to a strong start as the strongest post player for Gilmer, which is 5-1 overall this season.
For his efforts, Carter is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Bobcats!
With four Bobcats in double-digit scoring, the Gilmer boys basketball team managed to fend off the home-team Murphy Bulldogs and earn the 58-52 win on the road Thursday, Dec. 5.
Gilmer (4-1, 1-0 Region 6-4A) was led by junior Braden Jenkins, who scored 16 points, including sixth in the fourth on a made basket and 4-of-5 shooting from the free-throw line.
Jenkins was followed by sophomores Lewis Mulkey and Cade Carter, who scored 14 points each in the win. Mulkey came on strong in the fourth, scoring 10 of his points to keep the Bobcats in the lead.
Junior Brady Sanford added 13 points in the victory for Gilmer.
Luke Wimpey hit a free throw to round out the scoring for the Bobcats.
Gilmer took a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the home team Bulldogs poured in 21 points in the second to take a 30-28 lead into the break.
The Gilmer defense came to work in the third quarter, pressing full-court and forcing several turnover while limiting the Bulldogs to just five points in the period.
The two teams traded baskets and fouls in the fourth as the game turned physical. The Bobcats managed to keep the Bulldogs just out of contention late as they pulled away for the six-point win.
Gilmer is off this weekend. The Bobcats next take the floor for a home game against region-foe Heritage beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10.
After that, the team visits Ridgeland for another Region 6-4A game Friday, Dec. 13, beginning at 8:30 p.m.
The Gilmer girls basketball team saw an eight-point lead evaporate in the fourth quarter in a narrow, 61-59 loss at Murphy on Thursday, Dec. 5. The game was the home and season opener for Murphy, but the Lady Cats threatened to spoil that all night long.
Despite leading for the majority of the second half, the Lady Cats (4-2, 1-0 Region 6-4A) couldn’t withstand a furious comeback from the Lady Bulldogs (1-0) in the final frame.
Senior point guard Bailey Teague scored a game-high 21 points in the loss, including scoring 11 of the team’s 17 first-quarter points.
Gilmer took the early 9-2 lead in the first, but Murphy evened the score at 17 each heading into the second quarter.
The Lady Cats managed just 10 points in the second quarter, including four from Teague, while Murphy managed to put up 11 and take the 28-27 lead into halftime.
Led by six points from junior Emma Callihan, Gilmer exploded for 19 in the third quarter to take a 46-40 lead with a quarter to play.
Sophomore Elly Callihan scored six in the final frame, while junior Hope Colwell added five. The Lady Cats led by as many as eight in the fourth, but the Lady Bulldogs came storming back with less than four minutes to play to earn the two-point win in their season opener.
Elly Callihan finished with 13 points, while Colwell, Emma Callihan, and senior Jalynn Ledford each scored eight in the loss.
Junior Jasmine Staley added a made free throw in the second quarter to round out the scoring for the Lady Cats.
Gilmer has the weekend off and next plays Heritage for a Region 6-4A game Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Ellijay. That game is set to begin at 6 p.m.
After that, the team goes on the road to visit region-foe Ridgeland on Friday, Dec. 13, with a tip-off time slated for 7 p.m.
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The Gilmer Lady Cats Basketball team held their 2019 basketball summer camp this week at the Gilmer High School gym.
The camp was open to girls in grades kindergarten through eighth. Attendees were divided into six groups based on their age and skill level. Fifty-four girls were in attendance on the final day.
Members of the Lady Cat Varsity and Junior Varsity teams assisted in teaching the younger girls. Skills taught included basics from both an offensive and defensive perspective.
“We try to make sure that we break down all of the basic skills and make sure that they understand that basic skills are important all the way through their career of playing ball,” said head coach Susan Nunn. “We want them to know techniques and be able to make it a habit.”
The final day of camp began with instruction in dribbling and passing relays. Camp attendees also learned about defensive slide and had a comical moment watching members of the Lady Cats basketball team demonstrate a shot, spin and dive drill. After breaking for a snack, participants took part in some free throw relays before finishing up with scrimmages among their groups.
The camp concluded with the tradition of the Lady Cats basketball team scrimmaging one another, then recognizing certain campers with certificates for Camper of the Day, Most Motivated, Best Sportsmanship and overall Camper of the Week.
Jalynn Ledford, a senior on the Lady Cats team, said, “They learn a lot of skills that help them not only in just this season and in just this camp but when they get older they’ll remember stuff they learned here.”
Nunn said of her hopes for the camp, “I want them to, first of all, have some knowledge, more than what they came with…I want them to have had a great time while they were here so that they wanna come back and so that they wanna play ball.”