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t UNDER PRESSURE - Senior star Nick Dent brings the basketball up the court against Williamstown, handling the pressure of No. 1 status. Dent has been on the top of his game this season, averaging close to 27 points per game. He looks to lead his team into battle against Calhoun County this Friday night. (Photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) By Shaun Smith Sports Reporter When the Associated Press Boys' Basketball Poll came out this past Sun., Jan. 1 l, Gilmer County was still at the top of the list in Class A rankings. -'~"In the course of action this past ~r.~2ek, the Titans knocked offa couple of LKC foes-Braxton County and Win County. Last Fri., Jan. 9, the Titans hosted the Wirt Co. Tigers in a blow-out performance 83-61. Nick Dent led all scorers with a game-high 26 points on seven of 12 shooting from behind the arc. Dent had nine rebounds (almost recording a double-double), six assists, and five steals. "Dent went six of six in the third quarter alone," said head coach Steve Shuff. "He caught fire and lifted our team." Senior Seth Butler played excep- tionally well, scoring 21 and collect- ing 16 boards. "I'm happy with Butler's performance-we're looking to him each night for leadership," Shuffcom- mented. Jacob Lilly came up with 14 points and Richard Ratliffhad his best game of the season with ten markers. Anthony Reale came up pointless in the contest; however, he dished out a season-high I 1 assists. Reale showed intensity on the court as he hustled every second he was in the game. Other scorers for the Titans were: Billy Weaver six, Ryan Tomblin two, Ch , s Weaver two, and Ben Huffman tWO. At one point in the second quarter, the Titans were on a 24-0 run. Later on in the same quarter, Dent tried an crazy atmos old "Scotty Pippen" move while consecutive road games. inbounding the play by throwing the "This will be a test for us as a No. 1 basketball off the back of a Wirt Co. team," Shuffrelayed. "We have some defender, but was unsuccessful, key LKC rnatchups ahead of us this At halftime, the highest Wirt scorer week." hadj ust five points. Gilmer tried many The Titans defeated Class AA Clay different lineups with the large-mar- County on the road Mon., Jan. 12 gin lead. which will be featured in next week's In the fourth, Dent made an unbe- edition. Tbe Titans tben travel to Class lievable basket while falling down in APt Roane County on Wed., Jan. 14. the middle of the lane. The ball hit the Then the craziness begins. The Ti- bottom of the rim and had just enough tans will travel just miles away to take backspin up and around the rim to fall on rival Calhoun County (5-2). in. The Red Devils, who are led by "We weren't in jeopardy, so we seniorMarcusDavis, whosignedwith tried different lineups," stated Coach Division II Glenville State to play Shuff. basketball next season. Davis is aver- The Titans survived a well-fought aging 24 points a game. race 60-56 last Wed., Jan. 7 against "We have got to be ready to play," Braxton at the Braxton County Ar- Shuffclearedup."Davisplaysagood mory. all-around game. Jake Perkins is a 6- "The siory here was Nick Dent," 4jumpingjackwhoaverages 15points Shuff commented. "He flat took over and 13 boards. And then there's Zack in the last quarter." Houchin who we will have to watch Dent had 17 of his 27 points in the out for." fourth quarter of play. Reale scored According to sources, Calhoun fans l 1, while Lilly chipped in for seven willbesupportingtheirteambywear- and ten rebounds, ing shirts. "A sea of blue--that's what Ratliff once again stepped up with I want to see," Shuff remarked. "We sevenpointsandsevenboards."Ratliff are encouraging anyone who comes is starting to step up and give us that to the game to wear blue." depth that we need," Shuff added. Gilmer Basketball t-shirts are on Aaron Bishop tallied six and Butler sale for $10 and can be purchased added two. from Steve Shuff (462-5640) to help "We weren't ready to play against support the athletic boosters. Braxton," Shuff enforced. "But, we "There are no other games on Fri- did some soul searching and sucked it day night," Shuff added. "Our team up when we came out Friday night would like to see a long convoy of against Win." fans travel to our neighbor rival The Titans got off only 38 shots Calhoun."This key matchup in the against the Eagle, s, compared to 69 south will be an Liuidc Kanawha against the Tigers. Conference classic for this season. It The Titans, now 7-l take their act is a game worth traveling to. And, on the road this week, playin three remember, wear blue! Y The Pioneers made a 17-7 run mid- for the Pioneers as they held on down coach Chad Hankinson. way through the second half to break the stretch to win a tough conference Hankinson went on, "Kenyon Jones open a tie game and held on to defeat opener on the road. is playing really consistent. As a se- Ohio Valley 80-74 in a WVIAC con- The Pioneers shot 49-percent from nior, I expect him to." ference game. The Pioneers are now the field on the day and 77-percent "We got outrebounded and that is a 2-0 in conference openers under sec- from the free throw line. They were, factor we need to work on. And, eom- ond year bead coach Chad Hankinson. however outrebounded by the Scots, ing out of this game and going into the The contest was tightly contested 39-35. Fairmont game, we knew we needed throughout the first half, with the lead Individually, the Pioneers were led to improve," added Coach I-Iankinson. changing hands numerous times, by Jonathan Burge for the fifth con- Ohio Valley's Derrick Whiteside Midway through the first half with secutive game. Burge totaled 19 points shot 12 of 20 for 27 points and added Ohio Valley leading 21-18, the Pio- on eight of 16 shooting and collected five rebounds and two steals. neers went on a 17-4 run to lead 35-25 six rebounds. "Whiteside is a player we had prob- ithjustunder4:00toplayinthefirst Briant Taylor chipped in with 17 lemsguarding--he'sagoodall-around half. However, the Scots would fight points and five rebounds. Kenyon player," said Hankinson. to stay close and trailed the Pioneers Jones scored 16 points and Jermaine by only six, 41-35, at halftime. Higginbotham added 11 points. PioneerScoring: Andrew Harding Thesecondhalfwasverysimilarto Andrew Harding, who was plagued 3-6 9, Kenyon Jones 7-8 16, Briant the first half. In the opening minutes, throughout the contest with foul Taylor 5-13 17, Jonathan Burge 8-16 ach team battled back and forth for trouble, tallied nine points in only 20 ! 9, Jermaine Higginbotham 4-11 11, control of the game. Again, midway minutes of play. Luke Gibson 1-4 4, Randall Trickett rough the half, the Pioneers used "Winning on the road in any divi- 2-3 4. 3-Poing Goals: Taylor 3. Re- , another run to take control of the sion is a good win. They have a good bound leaders: Jones 7, and Burge 6. game. team with decent players and a new Assist leader: Jones 3. Steals leader: ' The 17-7 run that lasted just over head coach. They are a young team Jones 3. six minutes turned out to be enough that is getting better," stated bead The Pioneers, playing their final the stretch, giving them an 87-85 lead Jermaine Higginbothamjust misseda non-conferencegameoftheWomen's with six seconds remaining, double-double as he scored 14 points Sports season, traveled to After the Bobcats' final free throw, and nine reb6unds. Senior Kenyon Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, junior Briant Taylor took the basket- Jones was able to record his first NC. The Pioneers would playunder ball all the way down the floor and double-double of the season as he difficult circumstances, as they expe- just missed an open 8-footer in the chipped in with 12 points and ten rienced travel difficulties and played paint that would have forced over- rebounds. without senior Anthony McGeathey, time as time expired, giving the Bob- Despite the two-point loss, the Pio- a key interior player, and they eventu- cats the victory, neers producc, d five players in double ally would fall to the Bobcats, 87-85. The Pioneers shot the ball well at figures. Head coach Chad Hankinson ThePioneersjumpedouttoanearly 54-percent from the field, but said, "We have had balaneed scoring 7-2 lead before seeing the Bobcats struggled from the three point line thus far." control the remainder of the first half. (44-percent). But the free throw line Hankinson added, "We had our The Bobcats took a 38-32 lead to ultimately proved to be the difference chances. Bqt, we had some problems intermission. Again, the Pioneers for the Pioneers. like our bus breaking down, and we started quickly as they used a 4-0 run They entered the centest shooting were forced to wear our practice gear to begin the second half and trim the 76.6-percent on the season from the in the first half. Basically, we just lead to two. And again, the Pioneers free throw line, ye.t they were only didn't defend Lees MeRa . It was a watched the Bobcats extend their lead able to convert 57-percent (16 of 28) crazy game, a game that we gave up to as many as 12 points with just for the contest. Lees-McRae con- 87 points in. You're not going to win under six minutes to play. The Pio- vetted 80-percent (I 2 of 15) from the toomanygivingupthatmanypoints." neers would then put together one free throw line on the afternoon, as PioneerSeoring:KenyonJones4- final run. They would fight all the well as connecting on !! three-point 7 12, Briant Taylor 7-16 18, Luke wayback to tie the score at 77-77 with shots. Gibson 1-2 2, Jonathan Burge 9-16 two minutes to play on alay-up anda The Pioneers again placed all five 22, Andrew Harding 8-13 17, and foul by senior Jonathan Burge. How- starters in double digits on the day. Jermaine Higginbotham 4-7 14. 3- ever, Burge missed the free throw. They were led by senior Jonathan Point Goals: Taylor 1, and Burge 2. The score remained tied at that point Burge's 22 points (nine of 16 shoot- Rebound leaders: Jones 10, and and the Fairmont Stateteams ing). Junior Briant Taylor scored 18 Higginbotham9. Assistleaders:Tay- swapped baskets over the next few points and added seven assists and lor 7, and Harding 4. Steals leaders: possessions. The Bobcats would also fourrebounds.AndrewHardingadded Jones 3, Higginbotham 2, and Burge addfreethrows(sevenofe.ight)down 17 points and four assists. Senior 2. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004 -- The GlenvUle Democrat/Pathfinder --- Pa e 7 By Shaun Smith Sports Reporter In only his second season, head coach Chad Hankinson has brought Pioneer basketball back, as the men's basketball team takes the No. 2 rank- ing in the West Virginia Conference. Hankinson has also brought back the glory of defeating Fairmont from the glory days. The Pioneers defeated Fairmont (8-1) at the West Virginia Joe Retton Arena in Fairmont 76-62 on Mon., Jan. 12. The Pioneers out-shot the Falcons in field goal percentage (45-percent to 32-percent), 3-Point field goal per- centage (50-percent to 26-percent), and free throw percentage (83-per- cent to 82-percent). GSC's Briant Taylor and Jonathan Burge combined for 40 points, 11 rebounds, ten assists, and three steals. "This was Taylor's and Burge's best game as Pioneers," stated head coach Chad Hankinson. "Higginbotham and Jones also played well." Kenyon Jones scored 15 on six of 1 1 shooting and Jermaine Higginbotham tallied 11 on lhree of nine shooting. Despite being outrebounded again, the Pioneers managed to have bal- anced scoring, producing four in double figures. "We have had balanced scoff ng thus far, and we need that. We have six guys averaging double figures," Hankinson said. Glenville's Anthony McGeatheyis as well. The West VirginiaConfer- has been out the past three games for ence is starting to get recognition and the Pioneers due to a broken bone in may produce some Top-25 teams," his face. McGeathey is averaging Coach Hankinson stated. double figures and adds strength and The Pioneers look forward to tak- athleticism under the boards,ing on some more WVIAC schools "McGeathey is a powerful force this week. On Thurs., Jan. 15 at 7:30 underneath for us-we expect to have p.m., the Pioneers will host Wheeling him back by Jan. 22 for the Concord Jesuit, the team picked to win the game," Hankinson commented, league. The Pioneers held their own with "We will need to play good interior the Falcons inside. "We held their two defense and rebound better. We need best post players to just 11 points," to continue to play good transition stated Hankinson. basketball," said Hankinson. The Pioneers were down at half- "Our team is maturing and playing time 36-32, but managed to outscore well together as a team," Hankinson the Falcons 44-26 in the second half, stated. "This is encouraging as we which was led by a 26-4 run at one look to take on Salem lnternational on point. Saturday." With this impressive win over a The Pioneers will host Salem Inter- now 8-2 conference team, the Pio- national this Sat., Jan. 17 at 7:30p.m. neersarerankedNo. 2intheWVIAC"Salem is 2-1, and they are very standings, athletic," Hankinson added. "We've And, with an upbeat schedule that got a lot of work to do in this confer- includes playing giant Division II ence-it will be a race to the finish." schools like Kentucky Wesleyan, Lees McRae, St. Vincent, and Gannon, Pioneer scoring:AndrewHarding Glenville State is getting noticed on 3-8 8, Kenyon Jones 6-l I 15, Briant the map, as well as many other West Taylor 5-8 20, Jonathan Burge 8-15 Virginia Conference schools. 20, Jermaine Higginbotham 3-9 I l, "We are better prepared for our and Jared Donnelly 1-2 2. 3-Point conference now that we have played Goals: Taylor 2, and Burge 2. Re- some really tough teams. Teams like bound leaders: Higginbotham 8, Kentucky Wesleyan, Gannon, and St. Harding 7, and Jones 7. Assists lead- Vincent have beaten top-ranked ers: Taylor 7, Harding 3, and Burge 3. schools that have defeated Division I Blocks leader: Jones 2. Steals lead- schools. So, I think our team is start- ers: Harding 2, Jones 2, and Taylor2. ing to mature, as the rest of the league The Lady Pioneers jumped on the Lady and won the turnover battle 22-8. Finally, Scots early and never looked back as they the Lady Pioneers held the Lady Scots to scorched Ohio Valley by a count of 83-45. 31% (15-49) field goal shooting overall. The victory moves theLady Pioneers Individually, the Lady Pioneers were to 8-1 overall, 1-0 in conference play. led by Rachel Redick's 23 points on eight Ohio Valley is now 1-9 overall and 0-2 in of 13 shooting overall (four of eight from conference play. three point range) and five assists. Jenny The first half was dominated by the Campbell turned in one of her better per- Lady Pioneers. They were led behind the formances of the season, going four of six solid play of freshman Rachel Redick. from the floor for l 3 points. Christy Alltop The Lady Pioneers led 47-16 at halftime, chipped in with 12 points, all on three The second half was again dominated point shots (four of five). Tracy Wyatt by the Lady Pioneers. The Lady Scots did provided another outstanding all-around put up some resistance inthe second half, performance, as she tallied I I points, eight however, as Glenville State won the sec- rebounds, six steals, and fiveassists. Katie ond half slightly, by a 36-29 score. The Martinalsoaddedadouble-double forthe game's final score was 83-45. Lady Pioneers, as she totaled 10 points The Lady Pioneers shot 43-percent and 10 rebounds in only 17 minutes of (30-70) from the field, including a red hot action. 45-percent fromthree-point range (12-27). The Lady Pioneers have been without a They also converted 73-percent (I 1-15) 100-percent Came Triplett, who has had from the free throw line. The Lady Pio- asciaticnervecondition, presentingmuch neers also outrebounded the Lady Scots pain. 42-33, including 19 offensive rebounds, She is expected to play for the Lady Pioneers on Thurs., Jan. 15 against Wheel- ing Jesuit and again Sat., Jan. 17 against Salem International. Both of these are home games for Glenville. "We can't get caught up in the streak. We have to play to win-don't play not to lose," said head coach Steve Harold. "We need our fans for these two." "We hope to show up and play good basketball by executing and playing good defense against both of these key WVC teams," Coach Harold added. The Lady Pioneers won the Ocean City, Md. Holiday Hoopla Championship Jan. 3-4. Then, this past Mon., Jan. 12, Glenville State played an excellent game against Fairmont, winning 62-58. *Statistics and stories for the above wins will be printed in next week's editio[t of The Glenville Democrat~Pathfinder. '~ For the first time all season, the Lady Pioneers will be on their home court, and fans and students are encouraged to come. Boys' Elementary Basketball County Champions Record: 7-0 BOYS' CHAMPIONS: Front Row: West Shackleford, Dylan Montgomery, Cqdy Shackleford, Chuck Self. Back Row: Josh Lowther (Mgr), Coach Doug CottrUl, William Radcliff, Luke Montgomery, Cody Blankenship, and Kevin Rhoades (Mgr). Girls' Regular Season Elementary Basketball Second Place - Record: 4-3 SECOND PLACE: Front Row: Marissa Luzader, Chelsea Knicely, Rae Lowther, Sydney Pettit, Tonya Buckhannon, Jessica Montgomery. Back Row: Josh Lowther (Mgr.), Marianna White, Fran Baisden, Amber Shackleford, Meghan Luzader, Tiffany Isenhart, Coach Patty Lowther, Kevin Rhoades (Mgr.) EXEMPLARY CHEERLEADERS: Front Row: Marissa Luzader, Jessica Montgomery, Rae- Anna Lowther; Middle Row: Sammy Cottrell, Allison Fisher, Danielle Smith, Hannah Burke. Back Row: Coach Kim Cottrillj Fran Baisden, Amb ar' Shackleford, Meghan Luzader, Tiffany Isenhart. From the school, parents and community - Thanks for a great season !