GCHS Girls Can Earn the Right to Host Opening Round
Bri Brown defends the ball she attempts to dribble past the defender on the way to the goal. MARK MIZE / PULASKI CITIZEN
by Mark Mize
The Giles County High School girls’ basketball team could finish anywhere from third to fifth in the 12-AA standings entering the final week, but the good news for the Lady Bobcats is their destiny is very much in their hands.
GCHS was 3-5 in district play entering the week with two wins over Murfreesboro Central Magnet and one over Community. The Lady Cats were scheduled to play at Community yesterday (Tuesday) before hosting Forrest Friday to close out the season.
With two wins, the team would earn the right to host the first round of the district tournament and could still earn a home contest even with a 1-1 record depending on the other district outcomes.
Marshall County 50
Hanna Hill knocked down 11 baskets and finished with a game-high 27 points, but GCHS narrowly fell to the rival Tigerettes for the second time this season Feb. 3.
GCHS shot 7-of-13 from the free throw line, and Hill’s teammates contributed a trio of 3-pointers in the loss, but otherwise the offense ran through the junior point guard.
The Lady Cats led 9-6 after one quarter before falling behind before the half. The road team was never out of the game, though, with Hill scoring 17 points in the final two quarters.
Meanwhile, Karyle Wiser was virtually unstoppable from downtown with six 3-point baskets to lead her team. While Kelsey Keiler contributed another double-digit scoring performance, the performance of Hannah Davis, who was limited in the first matchup, was also key with 11 points coming from the senior.
For GCHS, Angel Howard scored six points. Bri Brown finished with four. Ari Howard scored three. Teondra Williams added two.
Murfreesboro Central 30
GCHS held an opponent to a new season-low of 30 points in a defensively dominant victory over Murfreesboro Central Magnet Friday.
The Lady Cats trailed by a single basket at the half with a 21-19 score before holding Central without a field goal for the entire third quarter to pull ahead entering the fourth.
Hanna Hill again contributed a large share of her team’s scoring with 16 points. Senior post Bri Brown added 10. Carrie Johnson connected on a 3-point basket. Amanda Britton and Teondra Williams both scored two. Ari Howard added a free throw.