Bobcats Dominate in Home Opener

Giles County High School boys’ basketball head coach Billy Holt set a goal of holding opponents under 50 points per game this season, and the Bobcats did just that with a 65-29 rout of Perry County in the season opener Friday night.


Jordan Gilbert started and finished the first quarter with a pair of key 3-pointers as he scored his team’s opening points from beyond the arc on an assist by Stephan Wade. Gilbert ended the period by beating the buzzer with another shot from downtown to give his team a 10-5 lead after one quarter.


The Bobcats’ offense took flight in the second quarter with a 26-point effort including four 3-pointers and a total of 14 points from guard Aspen Bush. Meanwhile, blocks, steals and second chance points thanks to offensive rebounds quickly turned a close game into a dominant victory for GCHS as the team outplayed the Vikings in every category to take a 22-point lead at the half. The Bobcats led by 38 points early in the fourth quarter, and every healthy varsity player saw the court in the win.


Nine different players scored for GCHS led by Bush’s game-high 21 points and five 3-pointers. Gilbert added 16, Hayden Miller scored six and Payton Hall finished with five points to round out the team’s top four scorers. GCHS knocked down a total of 12 shots from beyond the arc, four more than the team connected on from the rest of the field. The Bobcats also experienced a nearly flawless night at the free throw line with a 13-of-15 performance.