DYER – Early season scheduling was made out to be tough for the Gibson County girls’ basketball team.
The Lady Pioneers have played the likes of South Side and Houston County, and have even played Chester County and Liberty on the same day.
Gibson County has matched everything those teams have thrown at them.
Saturday, the Lady Pioneers faced the No. 1 team in the Dirty Dozen for the second straight week, and for the second straight week, Gibson County gave that team its first loss on the season.
After beating South Side last Friday, the Lady Pioneers beat Westview 53-42 at Bo Booth Gymnasium.
“So far we have met the challenge,” Gibson County coach Mitch Wilkins said. “We have been addressing different things in practice, and we will continue to see different things. Crockett County played us a box-and-1 on Erin Lannom last night, and Westview did it some too when she hit her first 3.”
Gibson County (9-0) had three players score in double figures led by Briana Fields with 17, while Erin Lannom had 15 and Serena Roach had 11.
“The thing I am most proud of is that we have more than one player that can score,” Wilkins said. “We have to keep staying aggressive and attack.”
Gibson County has played that way all season, and Saturday it was Fields’ night as she recorded a double-double midway through the third quarter with 13 rebounds. Justyce White was two points away from a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.
“We have been pushing, and Coach has been working us hard in practice,” Fielsd said. “We had to find their weakness, and we did that with ball movement.”
But it was the defensive pressure that Gibson County brought that put the team up 10 points by the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Pioneers limited Westview (6-1) to one made field goal in the first quarter, and they scored 12 unanswered points offensively.
Gibson County was also dominating the rebounds, outrebounding Westview 39-29.
“We had to get down and defend,” Fields said. “Our will to work hard every day is what impresses me most about this team.”
The Lady Chargers got back in the game in the second quarter and cut the Gibson County lead to six points with 1:53 to play.
But two Lannom 3-pointers put the Lady Pioneers back in control.
“Our girls kept their focus,” Wilkins said. “We worked hard most of the game. In stretches, we play good defense, but we can improve. If we can continue to improve our defense, we can have a good year.”
Tasia Jones led Westview with 14 points, and Deja Graves added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Gibson Co. 56
The Chargers (7-0) stayed unbeaten on the season with a road victory over Gibson County (5-3).
Westview didn’t win easily though, as the Pioneers fought to stay in the game, but the Chargers won each of the four quarters to continually open up the lead.
Garrett Sams led Westview with 22 points, while B.J. White had 17 and Justin Johnson had 11.
Gibson County was led by Peyton Holt with 15 points. Pierce Holt added 13 points, while Mac Hicks scored 11.
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