A victory over Notre Dame College on Saturday, Feb. 15 secured the first Mountain East Conference (MEC) Regular Season Championship for the GSC Lady Pioneers.
It was an exciting week for the ladies of the GSC Basketball Team.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, they welcomed Urbana to the Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium. Urbana (who had spent much of the season as the #2 team in the conference) was prepared to put the Lady Pioneers to the test.
While the Lady Pioneers had a narrow lead at the half, 25-24, the low scoring contest was not boding well for GSC.
In fact, the ladies of Urbana managed to control most of the second half, as the two teams traded the lead back-and-forth.
With only four minutes left in the game, the Urbana had their biggest lead of the game, 47-54.
A Kenyona Simmons jumper-and-one at 4:21 sent the Lady Pioneers on a 16-4 run to finish the game.
The Lady Pioneers took the win, 63-58.
While the win was reason to celebrate, the highlight of the game was the recognition of seniors Ginny Mills and Kenyell Goodson, who both hit 1,000 points during their GSC careers.
The ladies finished off the week with an even bigger reason to celebrate as they gained a, 70-57, victory on the road at Notre Dame College to clinch the MEC Regular Season title.
The Lady Pioneers were led by Simmons with a game high 21 points. Keyanna Tate and Goodson also added double-digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Ladies are coming upon the end of the regular season with just three games remaining. The biggest of those contests will be a rematch with West Liberty, currently #2 in the MEC, on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tip-Off is set for 2:00 p.m.
After starting the week off with a come from behind win over Fairmont, the Pioneers finished up the week with a pair of easy victories over Urbana and Notre Dame College.
The Urbana win came easily as the Pioneers jumped out to a 25-9 lead early over their winless opponents.
The Pioneers had three players finish in double-digits in the, 90-68, victory. Donte Morales had a team-high 24 while Kevin Gray (14) and Lamont Cole (12) also contributed.
The road game to Notre Dame College saw the Pioneers up, 46-35, at the half before walking with the win, 87-69.
Gray put up a game-high 25 points, including seven three-pointers. Lamar Mallory added 17 points while Reggie Williams and Cole each contributed 10.
For the Pioneers, these final two weeks of regular season competition will be rough.
They travel Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday, Feb. 20. WJU is only a single loss behind the Pioneers in the MEC rankings.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, they host West Liberty, who is currently #1 in the MEC and #3 in the nation.
A week later, they finish their season up at WV Wesleyan on Saturday, March 1. The Bobcats got the win when the two teams met in Glenville. They are currently #4 in the MEC while Glenville is #5.
Go out and cheer the Pioneers to some victories, and hopefully a solid spot as they enter the MEC tournament in two weeks.