The Union Recorder

January 7, 2014

GMC Prep falls to Wilkinson Co.

Steven Cary
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Experiencing their first losses of the New Year, Georgia Military Prep School dropped both the girls’ and boys’ games on the road to region foe and neighboring rival Wilkinson County on Friday night in the programs first region contest of the season.

GMC Prep’s boys played the Warriors closely in the highly anticipated match up, coming up short in a 69-60 loss.

“One of my goals when I came here was to compete in every game,” boys’ head coach James Lunsford said. “Now we just need to get over that hump and start winning games.”

According to the experienced head coach, the effort was there, but the Bulldogs continue to come up short to the neighboring school.

“We did what we do too much against Wilkinson County — we had a lot of fight, but didn’t win.”

After leading Wilkinson through the first quarter, the Bulldogs struggled to maintain their level of play due to the Warriors’ pressure on defense.

“We didn’t do well in the third quarter,” Lunsford said. “We didn’t handle the pressure well and let them get some easy baskets. Any time you let a team like that score easy baskets they’re going to win.”

Despite the efforts of Troy Campfield with 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, and Quatavius Brisco with 18 points, the Bulldogs could not muster up enough points to take down one of the toughest teams in the Georgia High School Association’s Class A.

“For the most part, the guys played well enough to win, but we just got to learn how to put people away,” Lunsford said.

The frustrated head coach also cited free throw shooting as another area where GMC Prep struggled on Friday, as the Bulldogs shot 58 percent at the line, missing 14 of 33 attempts.

“It’s something that we work on every day,” Lunsford said. “It’s going to get better.”

While the Bulldogs drop to 7-6 on the season, Lunsford still believes the program is on the right track.

“I think overall, the guys played well,” he said. “In order to win, we’re on the right road.”

Unfortunately, the girls’ team struggled to get its first win of the season Friday night, falling 53-28 to the Lady Warriors.

“GMC could not quite overcome the size difference between the two teams, allowing several second chance opportunities for the Lady Warriors,” girls’ head coach Shawn Dennis said.

Jalessia Clark led the team with six points, while teammates Taylor Wooden, Karlie Harding and Keely Murner added five each in the contest.

Looking to rebound after the loss for both squads, GMC Prep will hit the road for its next two games, facing Hancock Central for the first time this season on Friday, at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Jones County for a rematch on Saturday at the same times.