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!!
The Gilmer Bobcats opened the 2019 baseball season at home as the Rebels of Fannin County came to Ellijay, Ga.
The home opener didn’t go as planned for Coach Jeff Thurman and his Bobcats. The Rebels took control early with a 5 run second inning and never looked back as they added 3 in the fourth and 6 in the fifth for a 14 run five-inning game. Getting the opening day start for Gilmer was Evan Frady. In Frady’s three innings of work, the Rebels had 5 runs on four hits, four walks, and Frady struck out 2 Fannin batters on 61 pitches. David Smith and Jess Buckner came in as relief with Smith working two-thirds of an inning and Buckner completing one and one-third innings. In the outing for Smith, 26 pitches allowing 3 runs with 2 of 3 being earned, three walks and one strikeout. Buckner gave up six runs, all earned on 9 hits 1 walk and had 4 strikeouts.
Offensively for Gilmer it was the slowest day at the plate that the Bobcats have had in a long time. The home team was held to just four walks on the day. Three Rebel pitchers combined to earn a 14-0 no-hit shutout win with Hunter Gray being credited with the victory. Being patient at the plate for Gilmer was Evan Frady, Hunter Bowyer, Austin daman, and Tyler Woody to reach base with walks.
In the win over Gilmer, the Fannin Rebels had 14 runs with 13 being earned on 13 hits 8 walks and the Rebel hitters struck out 7 times. The Bobcats will get a chance at redemption on Wednesday, February 20th as they travel to the home of the Rebels for a 5:00 PM game.
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.