-Varsity girls basketball earns back-to-back region wins
The LCHS varsity girls basketball team took sole possession of fourth place in the Region 7-AAA standings after defeating East Hall and Fannin County in region matchups last week.
The back-to-back Lady Indian wins improved the team’s region record to 5-4, allowing Lumpkin to claim the fourth place spot. The two-game win streak also improved the Lady Indians’ overall record to 16-5, giving them the best overall record out of the Region 7-AAA teams.
The Lady Indians started the week with a conference matchup with the East Hall Lady Vikings at the Longhouse at the LCHS gym on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Lumpkin got off to a fast start and built a 14-2 advantage over the Lady Vikings in the opening minutes of the first quarter. However, East Hall closed the gap with an 8-5 run in the closing minutes of the first quarter to trail the Lady Indians 19-10 headed to the second quarter.
The Lady Indians maintained the lead by outscoring East Hall 16-14 in the second quarter, giving Lumpkin a 35-24 halftime advantage.
Sophomore Isabel Davenport led the Lady Indians with 15 first half points. Mackenzie Pulley followed behind with 10 points, Clara White had eight points and Ashlynn Wistoski added two points.
Davenport proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the contest. The sophomore added 15 more points to her total in the second half to finish the game with 30 points, a career high. Davenport knocked down three three-pointers in the first half and three more in the second half, accounting for almost half of the Lady Indians’ points in the game. Davenport had an all-around sensational game and recorded four assists, seven steals, four deflections and five rebounds to go along with her 30 points.
Behind Davenport’s efforts, the Lady Indians outscored the Lady Vikings 15-11 in the third quarter and 16-6 in the fourth quarter. The end result was a 66-41 region victory for Lumpkin, improving the team’s region record to 4-4 and its overall record to 15-5.
Davenport wasn’t the only Lady Indian with a hot hand in the victory. Pulley dropped 19 points on East Hall. The senior star also recorded five assists, two deflections, a block and five rebounds in the win.
White finished the game with nine points, four assists, three steals, two deflections and four rebounds.
The Lady Indians followed their win over East Hall by traveling to Fannin County to battle it out with the Lady Rebels in a Region 7-AAA matchup on Friday, Jan. 18.
After losing to the Lady Rebels in the two teams’ first matchup of the season, the Lady Indians went into the game looking for redemption.
It would take an overtime period to decide the outcome of the game, but in the end the Lady Indians were able to eke out a 55-50 victory over Fannin County.
Makenzie Caldwell had a breakout offensive performance for the Lady Indians in the win. Caldwell, usually known for her defensive prowess, dropped 18 points on the Lady Rebels to lead Lumpkin in scoring. Caldwell also pulled down five rebounds in the game.
Following right behind Caldwell, Pulley knocked down 16 points versus Fannin County. Pulley dished out four assists, pulled down five rebounds and had two steals in the conference victory.
Wistoski contributed nine points, five rebounds and a steal while White scored seven points, got four rebounds and two assists.
The victory improved the Lady Indians’ overall record to 16-5 and their region record to 5-4, moving them into sole possession of the fourth place spot in the Region 7-AAA standings.
The win also gave redemption to Lumpkin for their loss to the Lady Rebels earlier this season.
At press time, the Lady Indians were set to square off with Region 7-AAA rival Greater Atlanta Christian on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 22. No official results were available.
The Lady Indians will look to earn redemption for their overtime loss to neighboring region rival Dawson County earlier this season when they host the Lady Tigers at the Longhouse at the LCHS gym this Friday, Jan. 25. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Lady Indians will also be in action on Saturday, Jan. 26, when they host the Gilmer County Lady Bobcats at the Longhouse for a non-conference contest. Tip-off for that game is set for 4 p.m.