-Pulley scores 1,000th point of high school career
The LCHS varsity girls basketball team pulled out an upset of Region 7-AAA frontrunners Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC) before being downed by Dawson and Gilmer counties last week to maintain sole possession of the fourth spot in the 7-AAA standings.
The week also marked a historical milestone for senior Mackenzie Pulley who scored the 1,000th point of her high school career.
The Lady Indians wanted to prove that their performance against GAC, in which Lumpkin lost 48-42, earlier in the season wasn’t a fluke when they traveled to take on the Lady Spartans on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The Lady Indians held their own in the first quarter of play and made sure to keep within striking distance of GAC. The Lady Spartans got the upper hand in the quarter, outscoring Lumpkin 14-11, but the Lady Indians never allowed GAC to build too big a lead.
The Lady Spartans secured another slight advantage in the second quarter by outscoring Lumpkin 15-13 to take a 29-24 halftime advantage.
However, the Lady Indians came charging back at the start of the second half. Lumpkin’s defense ramped up its intensity which helped propel its offense in the third quarter, leading to a 20-12 run by the Lady Indians. The sensational run by Lumpkin allowed the Lady Indians to take a 44-41 lead headed into the final quarter of the game.
The Lady Indians had their work cut out for them in the fourth quarter, as GAC tried everything it could to retake the lead. Both teams traded baskets in the final quarter, but Lumpkin came out on top with a slight 17-16 edge in the quarter. The result was a 61-57 victory for the Lady Indians, improving their overall record to 17-5 and their region record to 6-4.
Sophomore Isabel Davenport knocked down 20 points in the win versus GAC. Davenport played a solid game at the point guard position throughout the contest and finished the game with five assists, a deflection and two rebounds to go along with her 20 points.
Seniors Mackenzie Pulley, Clara White and Ashlynn Wistoski each put in double digit scoring performances for Lumpkin in the upset win. Pulley finished the contest with 15 points, three assists and three rebounds. White dropped 11 points on GAC while recording two assists, four steals, a deflection and four rebounds. Wistoski also connected for 11 points in the game to go along with her three assists and six rebounds. Wistoski also took a charge in the win, continuing her season-long willingness to sacrifice her body for the team.
The Lady Indians hoped to keep things rolling in an effort to gain ground in the Region 7-AAA standings when they hosted long-time, neighboring region rival Dawson County at the Longhouse at the LCHS gym on Friday, Jan. 25.
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