Wednesday night marked a first for GMC Prep girls basketball this season.
In their first home game in over a month, the Lady Dogs eclipsed the half-century mark when they defeated the visiting Lady Warriors of Wilkinson County 54-24.
“We moved the ball, which got the defense to rotate and give us a lot of easy looks,” Lady Dogs head coach Shawn Dennis said of his team’s increased output. “We were also able to get some steals that led to some easy baskets in transition.”
The win moved the GMC girls to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in region play ahead of the Friday and Saturday games against Hancock Central and Crawford County.
The home team was in control from the outset, jumping out to a 10-0 lead halfway through the first period against the neighboring county school. The Lady Dogs’ man-to-man defense smothered the visitors and forced turnover after turnover to pretty well put the game away early. Deandria Stephens, GMC’s leading scorer, capped off the opening quarter with an offensive rebound and putback with less than five seconds to go that put her team up 18-4.
Things would not get better for the Lady Warriors as the night wore on. They committed 13 turnovers in the second quarter alone and went into the locker room at halftime down 30-11.
The Lady Dogs continued to pull away in the second half to obtain the 30-point home victory. Deandria Stephens and DeAisha Stephens tied for the game-high with 16 points apiece.
The last few weeks of the GMC Prep basketball season have been marred with cancellations and postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coach Dennis hopes he’s done with the rescheduling the rest of the way, and is satisfied with where his team is in the waning weeks of the 2020-21 regular season.
“We’re in a bit better position than I thought we would be coming off of the almost monthlong break where we hadn’t played since Dec. 21,” he said. “I was pushing the girls just to make sure they’re in shape, and they’re in better shape than I thought they were going to be.”
The Lady Dogs are scheduled to travel to Sparta to face Hancock Central Friday then Roberta to take on Crawford County Saturday. Their next home game is set for Wednesday against Hancock Central.