The GMC Prep girls basketball team witnessed a slice of history on their Senior Night Wednesday. Senior DeAndria Stephens became the first GMC player to score 1,000 points under head coach Shawn Dennis.
“It’s a great moment for her,” Dennis said. “She has worked for it her whole career. It was a blessing to see her do it in front of her family and friends.”
Stephens came into the Wednesday contest needing 10 points to reach the monumental milestone, and she attained it in the second quarter. She clinched the achievement with her second three-pointer of the night. Chaos ensued as Stephens and her teammates celebrated the surreal occasion with plenty of hugs and cheers.
“It was bittersweet,” Stephens said. “It felt like I had been waiting for this for a long time.”
The GMC Lady Dogs faced the visiting Hancock Central Lady Dogs in a region matchup, winning 51-36 to continue their hot start to the season.
The home favorites sprinted out to an impressive 9-2 lead after the first quarter. Stephens contributed three points while teammates Logan Mitchem and Emma Lewis each put up three points of their own.
GMC senior DeAisha Stephens (no relation to DeAndria) left the first quarter with a minor injury, but she came back red-hot in the second as she added six quick points. The senior finished the night with a team-high 20 points through three quarters, going perfect from the free-throw line.
The home team would balloon the lead to 18 by halftime, finishing the second period with a 28-10 advantage.
The third quarter saw DeAisha explode for eight points and a handful of steals as she carved up the Hancock defense. GMC maintained their edge as they ended the period with a 40-23 lead.
The fourth quarter saw more of the same as the Lady Dogs pleased the Senior Night crowd with their ninth win of the season. The GMC girls move to an awesome 9-1 on the season, along with a 5-0 record in region matchups. They also stay undefeated at home.
DeAndria finished her milestone night with a solid 13 points. She also showcased her elite skills as a passer, tallying several assists throughout the victory.
Another standout performer was GMC senior MK Lawrence. The shooting guard hit a trio of three-pointers during the contest, helping the Lady Dogs treat their home fans to the impressive win.
Dennis was extremely happy for DeAndria and the team after Wednesday’s game.
“That moment was huge,” Dennis said. “Everybody was anxious and waiting for it to happen, and when it finally did, it was exciting for the whole team.”