Friday night the Gilmer Lady Cats traveled to the Marist School in Brookhaven for their first-round State playoff game.
The Lady cats 21-7 overall on the season faced the Marist Lady War Eagles out of Region 7-4A with an overall record coming in at 20-7. Coach Nunn had her girls ready to play hard and fight for the opportunity to play a second round game in the GHSA State playoffs. The Lady War Eagles came out of the blocks fast with an 11-6 lead at the end of the first. As the second period started, the Lady Cats found their rhythm and outscored Marist 20-15 to bring a halftime score at 26-26. Leading the second period scoring for the Lady Cats was Hope Colwell with two big three-pointers(6 points in the period), Bailey Teague with 5 points including a three-pointer of her own. Four Lady Cats had two points each in the 20 point period to tie the score. Mallory Kiser, MaryLee Callihan, Beth Burnette, and Emma Deyton.
Coming out of halftime, the Lady Cats started slowly(6 Points) as the basket seemed to have a lid on to prevent the ball from going through. The Lady War Eagles played slowly as well with just 7 points in a period that appeared to drag on due to the pace of play. Marist held a 33-32 lead as the buzzer sounded to end the third period. After a minute with the coaches, the Gilmer Girls came back to the floor ready for the fourth and final period. With the help of several argumentative calls that coaches and fans showed disagreement with, the Marist Lady War Eagles showed a renewed energy. Marist stretched out a 10 point lead midway in the period. The Lady Cats fought hard through the aforementioned adversity but in the end, Gilmer came up short. The 51-41 loss to Marist Lady War Eagles brings to a close the 2018-2019 season for a great group of girls. The Lady Cats gave all they had each and every game. This loss also brings to an end the high school careers of two seniors. MaryLee Callihan and Mallory Kiser have been friends, leaders and role models to the Lady Cats for the present and those that will play in the future.
Great Season Ladies and Thank you Mallory and MaryLee!!
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.
Monday, February 4th was the opening game for the Lady Cats as they entered the Region 6-4A tournament at Southeast Whitfield High School. Gilmer, entering the post-season as the #3 seed took the floor against the 6th seeded Lady Raiders of Southeast.
With the opening tipoff, there were no doubts who wanted to get the victory more as the Lady Cats began to set a precedence on how they were going to play. The immaculate defense held their opponents to a mere 6 points in the opening period and a total of 36 total on the night. On the offensive side of the ball, it seemed as if the Lady Cats couldn’t miss. as the first period came to a close, the Gilmer Girls had rolled out 22 points and a commanding 16 point margin over the Lady Raiders. Mallory Kiser had 8 points while Bailey Teague (7) and Emma Callihan(5) followed close behind in the scoring in the first. As the second period began, the Lady Cat defense continued the pressure allowing only 8 points while offensively things slowed down for the Lady Cats. Gilmer had 6 points as a team heading into the intermission with a 28-14 lead over Southeast. The second-period scoring was from Bailey Teague, Jalynn Ledford, and Elly Callihan with two points each.
The Gilmer dominance continued in the second half with the Lady Cats turning up the heat. The Lady Raiders found a small burst of energy and rhythm in the period to put up 15 while the Lady Cats scored 12. Despite being outscored in the opening period of the second half, Gilmer continued to hold a sizable lead at 40-29 to start the final period of play. The fourth had Gilmer step up once again and seal the deal with a 60-36 win and etch their name in the round two brackets. Four Lady Cat players were in double-digit points for the night. Emma Callihan led all scoring for Gilmer with 13 followed closely by Bailey Teague with 12, Mallory Kiser with 10, and Elly Callihan with 1o. This win moved the Gilmer Lady Cats into round two where they would face the Heritage Lady Generals.
Heritage handed the Lady Cats a loss on Thursday and forced a drop to the consolation game on Friday to decide 3rd or 4th place finish. The Game was scheduled for Friday at 4 pm against the Pickens Nettes.
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.