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BASKETBALL: Am-Po defeats confident Dibble squad in GCT title game

Jan. 22—The Grady County Tournament title still belongs to the Lady Panthers.

Amber-Pocasset entered Saturday's GCT championship game in Alex wanting to extend its GCT streak. Having won three GCT titles in a row, the Lady Panthers had to get past a confident Dibble squad if they wanted that streak to continue.

Am-Po took some Dibble punches and handled those punches en route to a 47-30 victory and the program's fourth GCT title in a row.

The game

Am-Po jumped out to a quick lead, never trailing despite Dibble trying to hang around.

The Lady Panthers scored the first eight points of the game and held an 11-2 advantage after a Sadie Linn 3-pointer. Then Dibble came up with a punch back.

The Lady Demons got 3-pointers from Triniti Black and Shilah McGaha to end the quarter on a 6-0 run. Down 11-8 after one quarter, Dibble pushed its run to 8-0 and cut its deficit to just one point in the second quarter.

After Dibble cut its deficit to one a second time, the Lady Panthers came up with an answer. That answer came in the form of a 9-0 run that gave the team a 10-point lead after a Brooke Brown 3-pointer.

Still, Dibble only trailed by eight at halftime and cut that deficit to five in the third quarter.

And the Lady Panthers came up with another answer, finishing the third quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 12-point lead to the final period. The Lady Panthers then handled business in the fourth quarter to lock down the title.

Am-Po's Ainslee McComas led the way, carrying the Lady Panthers with 23 points in the win.

Am-Po

The Lady Panthers' run to the GCT title was dominant.

Am-Po won all three games by double digits and never faced serious doubt in any of those games. The Lady Panthers won their three tournament games by an average of 35.3 points and outscored their three opponents 174-68.

Am-Po opened the tournament with dominant wins over Ninnekah and Alex.

Dibble

The Lady Demons put together their best run in the GCT in some time and entered the game on a lengthy winning streak. The Lady Demons entered the tournament ranked 20th in Class 2A and had only lost twice all season before losing to Am-Po in the championship game.

En route to the championship game, the Lady Demons picked up a pair of double-digit victories. Dibble won its first two GCT games by a combined 31 points.

Dibble defeated Lexington before beating Minco to secure a spot in the title game.