The Union Recorder

December 24, 2013

GMC Prep boys take down rivals

Steven Cary
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Competing against two strong opponents, Georgia Military College Prep School boys and girls basketball split Friday against Putnam County at home and again on Saturday against Warren County on the road.

Improving to 6-3 on the season, GMC Prep’s boys outplayed Putnam in a 58-48 victory in their first of the two contests on the weekend, only to come back and beat Warren 58-31 a day later.

Bulldogs head coach James Lunsford said he is proud of the way his squad responded after losing to Putnam earlier in the year.

“Putnam was a tough game,” he said. “They played well. They beat us last year, so it was good to beat them.

“I think we made some adjustments, but we haven’t found out what is our best defense. It took us a while, and they played well early. I think Putnam is an excellent team and they had a great game.”

Quatavius Brisco proved to be the deciding factor against the Eagles with 18 points in the contest, shooting 88 percent from the free throw line with six assists.

Dalton Threatt and William Dennis shared 12 points apiece in the game as Threatt knocked down two behind the arc with two assists and adding to the team’s defensive efforts with nine rebounds and a steal.

Scoring a double-double on Friday night, Troy Campfield continued to show his dominance for the Bulldogs with 11 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and a steal.

“Troy is playing well, but so is Brisco and Threatt,” Lunsford said. “I just feel like in these last few games since we’ve gotten him back, Threatt has played well. He’s been great for us on and off the court.”

Campfield scored big again against the Screaming Devils of Warren on Saturday with 17 points and four blocks, while Threatt had one of his best defensive efforts this season with four steals.

“Beating Warren was a very pivotal game for us,” Lunsford said. “That will look good for us having beaten a cross-region opponent.”

With only nine games down, Lunsford is optimistic about the team’s future.

“It’s a long season, but we feel real good with where we are right now,” he said.

On the girls’ side, head coach Shawn Dennis and the Lady Bulldogs struggled over the weekend, falling 32-20 to Putnam and 49-31 to Warren.

In the absence of starting point guard Keely Murner, GMC Prep continues to build confidence and improve its game against the Lady Eagles and Lady Screaming Devils.

“I think a lot of it is confidence, but we haven’t had our full team for about four games now,” Dennis said. “Early on, a lot of them were hesitant to shoot. As the year is going on, you can tell a lot of them are figuring out where they fit in the offense. We’re attacking the basket more, not settling for a lot of the jump shots that we were earlier in the season. I can see improvement.

“I think [it has] been more positive since we’ve changed our defensive philosophy. We were playing a zone, but now we’re playing man due to personnel. It’s working for us.”

Kaylie Harding had a big game on Friday night against Putnam with 10 points for GMC Prep, while sister Karlie Harding led the team against the Lady Screaming Devils on Saturday with 12 points.

Despite the two losses, Dennis remains positive admitting, “We’re getting better every game.”