MILLEDGEVILLE — High school basketball season is under way in Baldwin County, as Georgia Military Prep School kicked things off locally Saturday on the road, as the boys snagged a victory over Greenbrier and the girls came up short to Thomson.
GMC Prep’s depth earned the boy’s team its first win of the season, overtaking the Wolfpack by a slim 52-51 margin with Brandon Davis’ shot at the buzzer.
“We feel fortunate. We were able to squeak out a win against a 4A school, which is big for us,” James Lunsford, boy’s head coach, said. “We’re real happy with the win; we’re really happy with the first win. We felt like it was probably the most important game early because it was the first game.”
Alex Moss led the Bulldogs in scoring on Saturday with 15 points in the contest, followed by Trevor Tyus with 13 and Quatavius Brisco with 11.
Junior standout Troy Campfield offered two assists in the game, while Brisco finished with 3 three of his own.
“We have a lot of people who can play. That’s going to make this team probably the best team I’ve had at GMC,” Lunsford said. “We need to work on making sure we run our offense a little better and are more selective with our shots. We did well early, but we didn’t do as well as we should have late.”
Campfield, a tall versatile player for the Bulldogs, led the squad defensively with 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals against Greenbrier, followed by T.J. Lowe-Foston with seven rebounds and three steals.
Giving up 19 points in the fourth quarter, GMC Prep squeaked by a tough Greenbrier team late in the contest.
“We played three quarters of pretty good basketball, but we turned the ball over some at the end, which put them back in it, so that’s something we need to work on,” Lunsford said.
Relieved to have picked up the first win of the season, Lunsford admits he is pleased the Bulldogs were able to match up well with a bigger school in the first game of the season.
“I think that was really a tough situation, maybe tougher than I thought it would be, playing in a tournament like that. It gave us a lot of exposure,” he said. “We were kind of playing over our head a little bit, but were unable to keep up.”
For the Lady Bulldogs, the outcome was not expected on Saturday, as the girls dropped their first contest of the season 44-18 to Thomson.
“Thomson jumped out to an early lead hitting four three’s early in the first quarter,” Shawn Dennis, girl’s head coach, said. “Unforced turnovers and missed opportunities hurt us all game.”
After allowing Thomson to score 20 points in the first quarter, GMC Prep’s defense stepped up and matched its opponent well giving up no more than 10 points a quarter the remainder of the game.
“After the first quarter our defense settled in and kept the game competitive,” Dennis said. “Defensively, Karlie Harding played well applying ball pressure, and had four steals.”
Keely Murner led the team with six points on Saturday, followed by Jalessia Clark with five.
Offensively, the Lady Bulldogs struggled to get anything going throughout the contest.
“Offensively we never found our rhythm and missed a lot of shot we should have made,” Dennis said.
Looking to perform well in front of a home crowd, both teams will take the court on Friday, Nov. 29 against Monticello with the junior varsity girls playing 4 p.m., the JV boys at 5:30, the varsity girls at 7 and varsity boys at 8:30.