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 Bobcats is Kell Weaver. Taking more shots from the perimeter has opened up another way for Weaver to put points on the board.
Just three weeks into the season, Weaver was averaging close to 20 points per game and has continued to put points on the board as well as control the boards with timely rebounds and blocks. Weaver is an unselfish player on the court who even with an open shot will kick the ball out to one of his teammates.
Gilmer High School basketball brought more excitement to the Cage on Tuesday as the Heritage Generals came to town for a big region match-up.
The Lady Cats took the court first and as expected the game came down to the final minutes. The Lady Generals took game one earlier in the season and wanted to get another win and pretty much end the region hopes for the Lady Cats. Knowing a battle was about to ensue, Gilmer stepped up to the challenge and came away with a close victory. Emma Callihan had a dominating 1st period with 11 points to almost outscore the opponent by herself. As the 1st came to an end the Lady Cats found themselves with a narrow 19-14 lead over Heritage. The points continued to fall for the home team led by Emma Deyton in the 2nd to stretch the lead from 5 at the beginning to 13 heading into intermission 37-24.
The second half started with the Lady Generals fighting back with 20 points in the third and close the gap on the scoreboard. With the score now 49-44 heading into the final period, Gilmer played consistent adding 12 points. As the clock wound down, Heritage narrowed the margin once again at 60-58 in favor of the Lady Cats. A big free throw from Mallory Kiser gave Gilmer a 3 point lead with under a minute left in the game. Last ditch efforts from the Lady Generals fell short to give Gilmer the big win. The Lady Cats travel to Ridgeland for a huge region game. Emma Callihan led the scoring with 20 points on the afternoon.
Taking the court in game two of the night, the varsity Bobcats hit the floor and left no doubts on who was the better team. Playing a Heritage team that has the capabilities to both put up a lot of points and shut down their opponents, could not get either gong on Tuesday. In the dominating victory for the Gilmer Bobcats, the 2nd and 4th periods were telling moments in the game. The 2nd saw the Cats outscore the Generals 20-7 while the 4th had 21-6 run to nail down the large margin win. Having a good game in scoring for Gilmer was Tripp Pierce with 11 points and Braden Jenkins scoring 12 on the night. I what seems to has become a part of the normal, Kell Weaver led all scoring with 18 for the Bobcats. Weaver scored from just about everywhere on the floor. He also had several blocks and rebounds to aid in keeping their opponent’s points to a minimum. The huge 68-38 win for the Bobcats brings them to 15-5 overall and 5-3 in region play. The Cats will play at Ridgeland on Friday night and try to keep 2nd place in the region with LaFayette sitting atop with a 7-1 record.
As of one of the most important games of the basketball season the Bobcats and Dragons faced off in a Highway 515 rivalry on Tuesday night. The intensity and emotion always run high in these games and last night wasn’t any different.
The Lady Cats came out and competed against a Nettes Team sitting on a three-game win streak and a player in MyKenzie Weaver that reached the 1000 point plateau as a Junior. This rivalry game held up to the expectations with the scoreboard reflecting the determination of both the Lady Cats and the Nettes wanting the win for not only the region standings but also for bragging rights. Pickens jumped out early in the first and carried a 16-8 lead over Gilmer heading into the second period. Finding themselves trailing by 8, The Lady Cats found a rhythm and turned up the heat and outscored the Nettes 18-9 to carry a 26-25 lead at halftime. The third and fourth periods continued to exhibit the excitement from the first half. The third period saw the score change on what seemed like every shot. The third ended with a 1-point Lady Cat lead. As the final period began, a new set of nerves kicked in as with the previous period ended. Once again the lead went from home to visitors every few seconds. With time running out, a Nettes foul sent the Lady Cats to the free-throw line in a tie game. Making 1 of 2 gave Gilmer the lead with 1.8 seconds on the clock. The Nettes had one final chance for the win but the shot hit the rim and fell short. Leading the scoring for the Lady Cats was MaryLee Callihan with 19 and Emma Callihan with 14 on the night. This big region win has Gilmer sitting at 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the region as LaFayette comes to the Cage on Friday.
The Varsity boys also took the court against Pickens on Tuesday and hoped to topple a region foe. With the Dragons coming off a devastating 99-34 loss to Lafayette, the Cats caught them on their heels. The Gilmer boys were coming in on a hot four-game winning streak with big victories over Heritage, Ridgeland and 2 over the Gordon Central Warriors. The game played close through the 1st two periods with Gilmer having a one-point edge 15-14 in 1st and a 34-30 lead heading into the intermission. In the second half, the struggles continued for the Dragons as the Bobcats stretched their lead by outscoring their opponent 22-14 to carry a 56-44 advantage into the fourth and final period. The fourth period solidified the victory for Gilmer. The Bobcats defense pressured the Dragons and held them to 7 points while putting up 18 to put the game out of reach. In the 72-51 region win for Gilmer, Kell Weaver and Tripp Pierce had 18 points each to lead the Cats with David Smith putting 14-points on the board. At 9-1 overall and 3-1 in region play, the Bobcats will host LaFayette on Friday night at the Cage.