Since suffering their first conference loss of the season a little more than two weeks ago to West Liberty, the GSC Lady Pioneers have been out to make a point. They are the dominate team in the Mountain East and a definite D-II contender.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, they welcomed the Lady Bobcats of WV Wesleyan to Glenville. It has been a rough season for the winless Lady Bobcats, and on that evening, the Lady Pioneers had no intentions of taking it easy.
After the Lady Bobcats jumped out to an early lead and controlled most of the first five minutes, the Lady Pioneers finally found their stride following a three-point basket from senior Tiffani Huffman at 14:36 to take the lead for good in the contest.
In fact, throughout the next 15 minutes, the Lady Pioneers went on a major run 51-18, to lead, 66-31, at the half.
When the Lady Pioneers returned in the second half, some may have expected them to ease up on the Buckhannon foe. Not this time around.
Instead, the Lady Pioneers opened the half up by scoring 25 points in a row before allowing a Wesleyan layup.
This was in the first four minutes of the second half.
At 16:39, before the Lady Bobcats put any points on the board in the second half, the Lady Pioneers led by 60 points, 91-31.
The Lady Pioneers finished out the game with the same intensity, never allowing the WV Wesleyan women to get within 55 points of them. The victory was their biggest of the season, 122-64 Ð a 58 point win.
While no athlete saw more than 20 minutes on the court for the Pioneers, six Lady Pioneers finished with double-digits.
Huffman contributed a game high 23 points. Also putting up double-digits for the Lady Pioneers were: Paige Tuttle (14), Kenyell Goodson (14), Kenyona Simmons (12), Ashleigh Fossett (12), and Tasia Bistow (10). Aesha Peters added 10 rebounds for her team.
Of course, their week was not over. On Saturday, Jan. 25, they played host to the Lady Mountain Lions of Concord.
Concord is always a tough opponent with some solid shooters, but the Lady Pioneers were up for the challenge.
While Glenville opened up scoring with a Peters layup, the Lady Mountain Lions quickly took control at 18:20 in the first half.
For the next 13 minutes, Concord controlled the game. In fact, at one point the Lady Mountain Lions led by 10 points, 27-17.
After tying things up, 32-all, the Lady Pioneers took over the ball game at 5:15 remaining before the break with a Simmons layup followed by a Ginny Mills three-pointer.
Over those final five minutes, the Lady Pioneers were on fire as they jumped ahead by as much as 14 before taking an 11-point lead into intermission, 53-42.
In the second half, the Lady Pioneers, again, scored first as they pushed further ahead for a 20-point cushion, 62-42.
While the Concord Ladies would fight back, the game was never closer than a nine-point contest in the second half. Ultimately, the Lady Pioneers walked away with a, 108-89, 19-point victory.
For the second straight game, the Lady Pioneers had six women with double-digits.
Simmons led the ladies with 19 points. She was followed by: Huffman (18), Bistow (12), Goodson (12), Keyanna Tate (11), and Mills (10). Peters once again had a large rebounding game with 11 rebounds. Bistow also added an impressive six assists.
The Lady Pioneers currently have seven players averaging double-digits for the season. This includes Ð Simmons, Tate, Huffman, Fossett, Goodson, Mills, and Bistow Ð in that order. None of these ladies are averaging more than 20 minutes a contest.
The Lady Pioneers have a full schedule lined up throughout February. They will finish up their January match-ups this Thursday evening, January 30 when they host UVA-Wise at 5:30 p.m. Their February schedule will kick-off Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2:00 p.m. when the Lady Rams arrive in Glenville.
While these games will be important to the Lady Pioneers, at this point, it is their goal to take down one opponent after another in route to their re-match with West Liberty on Saturday, February 22.