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GMC girls get their first win

Jan. 17—The freezing cold temperatures just moved in this week, but it had already been a long winter for the GMC Prep girls basketball team.

Entering Tuesday's region contest against visiting Twiggs County, the Lady Dogs had lost their first 12 games to open the 2023-24 season. Their closest margin was 11 points, and they had been averaging under 16 points per game. Credit to head coach Shawn Dennis and his girls though, they weren't ready to give up. They won Tuesday's bout against the Lady Cobras of Jeffersonville 37-28, more than doubling their average scoring output during the current campaign.

"It's great to have that monkey off our back and prove we can get a win," Dennis said afterwards.

The GMC girls were up 25-12 at the half, and that point total was already better than what they had totaled in multiple entire games combined.

"We actually got some ball movement, which gave us some good looks at the basket, and the ball finally went in," the head coach added. "We'd get a lot of the same looks early in the season, but they just wouldn't go in. I think most of that was confidence and believing in themselves."

Tuesday's opponent in Twiggs has had its share of troubles this season, sitting at just 1-15 following the loss. The Cobras' only win so far came against Rutland High School of Macon. GMC had the advantage over the team that dressed out only seven girls.

Helping her team hold on to a 12-point lead early in the second half, GMC Prep senior Nickole Rudolph had a big block down in the low post on the defensive end of the floor. Not long after, Corrinne Rudolph went coast-to-coast for a layup to make it 29-16 in the Lady Dogs' favor. Those would be her only points in the final two quarters, but she finished with a team-high 10 in the win. GMC Prep went into the final period up 14.

Twiggs sophomore Jaida Pearson tried to get her team into the game late. Her jumper at the 2:20 mark in the fourth brought the Lady Cobras to within eight, but a quick answer in the form of a high-post jumper from Nic. Rudolph pushed the lead back to double digits. The game went final following what was a timeout fest in the final two minutes.

Twiggs' Pearson led all scorers with 14 points, six of which came in the fourth. Cor. Rudolph's 10-point performance was supplemented by nine from freshman Harmoni Watkins and eight from her classmate Allie Deason.

The season continues for GMC Prep at home Friday against Hancock Central.