Women’s basketball in late-season form over break
While the GC campus was closed for Christmas break, the GC women’s basketball team stayed hot on the court, as they posted a 6-3 record from Dec. 19 to Jan. 22.
After a tough loss in the final seconds to Flagler on Dec. 30, the Bobcats went on a five-game winning streak. It ended with a buzzer-beater by North Georgia on Jan. 20 to defeat the Bobcats 67-64.
“This is a talented group with great chemistry on and off the court,” said head coach Mo Smith. “They all have incredible character [and] are hungry to accomplish their goals.”
During the winning streak, the Bobcats knocked off No. 25 ranked Lander and defeated Clayton State, a feat that had not been accomplished by a GC women’s basketball squad in nine years.
After starting the year off with a 1-4 record, the Bobcats have found a rhythm in their schemes and play style, improving their overall record to 11-7.
A key to their success is the solid leadership and accountability the captains hold to the players each and every day.
“We have the best leadership on this team that I’ve seen since becoming a coach here at GC, led by Brianna Davis, Ta’Asia Wright, Sydney Cleveland and Alyah McGriff,” Smith said.
Over the span of nine games between Dec. 19 and Jan. 22, McGriff averaged 19 points and six rebounds per game. Davis was not far behind, as she averaged 13 points per game over the same span.
“We stay together and build a bond on and off the court,” said junior guard Shay Tarver. “Our captains hold us all accountable, and we’re a family.”
The Bobcats take pride in their defensive-minded style of play. As a defense-oriented team, they trust the offense to come along as they hinder their opponents scoring attempts.
“We don’t want to get on our high horse for beating the teams we’ve faced so far,” Tarver said. “There are more games to come, and we’re working hard to get better everyday.”