Women’s basketball takes two close lossesBy ANDY RUSSELL
The GC women’s basketball team has shown a lot of promise this season and they are continuing to get better. Although they have lost three straight to drop their record to 4-3, they have played some tough competition and lost some heartbreakers.
Their last game against Davenport University, an NAIA Division II team, was a great one at the start. The Tigers led the game early and held a halftime advantage, 29-24. Davenport, ranked number 2 in the nation, imposed its will in the second half and took home the victory, 76-68.
This game was one of many contested games the Tigers have played recently, all of them against top-ranked competition. Jessica Waddle led the team with 16 points and Mikkah Rogers had a stellar all-around performance with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The ladies’ previous game against Saint Francis was a close contest as well. They lost the game, 72-63, despite tying the game late in the second half. Starting point guard Kourtney Tyra was injured, so the Tigers struggled in the early parts of the game. However, Mikkah Rogers took over at the half point and gave the Tigers the boost they needed. She ended up with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists when all was said and done.
This was another close loss for the Tigers and they look to turn these close losses into close wins as the season wears on. They hit the road for a two-game set against St. Catharine College and Campbellsville tonight and Saturday. These are the first two games in conference play as the they look to tame the MSC. Their next home game is set against Pikeville College on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.
Indiana University Southeast proves no match for TigersBy ANDY RUSSELL
Another game, another good showing and the same result. This seems to become a pattern for the men’s basketball team at GC as they continue to roll over every opponent on their schedule.
The latest victim, Indiana University Southeast, played well in the first half, but they didn’t stand a chance in the second half. GC held a slim advantage at the half, 38-34, but they outscored Indiana Southeast by 20 in the second half to bring home the win, 89-65.
Vic Moses led the Tigers on the scoreboard with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed eight boards as well. There were four other players in double figures as well: Vincent Crutcher had 14, Eddie Gray and Dillon Boggs both had 11 and Maurice Pearson had 10.
This was a big win for the Tigers as it moved them to 8-0 on the season. Their previous two games, both against Texas College, turned out to be very good games, well the second one was at least.
They dispatched Texas College with ease on Saturday, Nov. 20, 87-54. Pearson and Rodney Haddix both tallied double-doubles in this game, 15 points and 13 rebounds and 14 points and 12 rebounds, respectively.
The next afternoon they played Texas College again and the game was a bit more interesting, although the result ended up the same. Eddie Gray led the Tigers with 20 points and five assists while Tyrone Shelley tallied a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers dominated these two games and really showed that they are one of the best teams out there. The Tigers will hit the road for two games starting tonight against St. Catharine College and on Saturday against Campbellsville.
Both of these games mark the first two in conference play for the Tigers. They are hoping to continue the momentum they have built up and take their game on the road against some tough opponents in some hostile environments. However, with great coaching, players and a will to win, it seems as if these Tigers are destined for something great.
Football season ends with lossBy ANDY RUSSELL
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, disappointment and sadness was strewn across the faces of the GC football players in their opening round loss of the NAIA National Tournament.
They played Mid America opponent Nazarene two Saturdays ago in Olathe, Kan. and controlled most of the game.
Although GC was losing at the end of the first quarter, 7-10, they owned the second quarter: Kaelin Ammons kept the ball twice to find the endzone and tallied the only two scores of the quarter. This put GC up 21-10 at the half and in a great position to win the game.
However, the tide changed when the half was over. Although there wasn’t any scoring in the third quarter, many felt the change in momentum coming on. At the start of the fourth quarter things seemed to favor GC; however, as Alex Kreimer put in a 34-yard field goal with a little over nine minutes left in the game.
This gave GC a shot in the arm, but disaster would soon strike. The Nazarene QB would get things going with a quarterback keeper to cut the deficit to 24-17. After a three-and-out by the Tigers, Alex Kreimer dropped back to punt and a high snap sent the ball soaring through the back of the endzone, which led to a safety for the Pioneers.
The score stood at 24-19 when the Pioneers scored their final touchdown on a quarterback keeper with three minutes left in the game. The Pioneers went for two and converted it to move the score up too 27-24. GC had one last shot at tying the game or taking the lead, but they were stopped short of the endzone on their last attempt. Their last ditch effort, a 28-yard field goal by Kreimer, was blocked by the Pioneers to kick the Tigers out of the Tournament. The last time the Tigers lost was on Sep. 25 against Shorter College.
Although the season ended all too abruptly for the Tigers, it was a very successful season and one that they can be proud of. the Tigers only lost three games this season by a combined 11 points, they eclipsed the 50 point mark six times and once scored 70. They went undefeated in the MSC and won the Eastern Division outright. They won all of their home games and made it to the postseason for the first time since 2006.
This was truly a season that the Tigers can be proud of when all is said and done. They graduate many great seniors, all of whom have left a significant mark on this program and they will all go on to do great things. As this year on the gridiron closes, we start to look towards next year and what all our great program has to offer. Kick-off is set for September 2011.