The Lumpkin County boys and girl basketball programs hosted the visiting Gilmer Bobcats on Tuesday night. The girls continued their hot run and dominated the first varsity matchup of the night. They improved to 8-1 winning the game 67-27. The Lumpkin boys team had a hard-fought game that was up for grabs against an undefeated Bobcats team. They came up just short though losing 52-47 falling to 3-6 on the year.
The Lumpkin girls came into the matchup heavily favored as the #1 ranked team in AAA Georgia girls basketball. Even with the score very lopsided, the Lady Indians did not play their best basketball on Tuesday night. They shot just 23% from three and only shot 50% from the free-throw line. While they did outrebound Gilmer by 1 the key stat of the night was steals. As they had 28 steals to only 9 for Gilmer. All those extra shot opportunities accounted for the lady Indians lopsided 67-27 win.
The Indians came into the game 3-5 while Gilmer came in unbeaten. Many expected this to be a lopsided win for Gilmer. The Indians fought hard though and made it a four-quarter game. Lumpkin got big contributions from Jones Harris who had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Cox had 11 points and 5 rebounds while Cal Faulkner had 7 points, 4 assists, and 7 rebounds. Lumpkin tied Gilmer with 29 rebounds each and shot a little better them from the free-throw line. Gilmer though shot better from the field and from three leading to their 52-47 win.
The Lumpkin boys played in an incredible event on Saturday, the Gold City Shootout. The event hosted at Lumpkin’s Lynn Cottrell Gym was a great day for all who attended. With a great lineup of boys and girls games throughout the day. The Indians did not disappoint as the host team either winning a great game against Riverside Military Academy.
The Lumpkin Co Indians protected home court against Riverside Military Academy. It was a big team effort but senior Jones Harris had a career night. His 31 point effort was incredible to watch, as he scored from all levels of the floor. Frustrating Riverside who tried to make adjustments on him but to no avail. He also got help from sophomore Preston Cox who had 8 points and 8 rebounds. While freshman Cal Faulkner had a similar stat line of 8 points, 7 rebounds but also chipped 6 assists. All in all it was just too much for Riverside to try and match as the Indians won 61-46.