Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Glenn Hills Stays One Step Ahead


Nearly a month ago, Glenn Hills earned one of the season's most exciting victories, a 64-62 overtime win over Laney.  Surprisingly, Spartan head coach Travis Mcrae expressed satisfaction during the post game interview that the score after one quarter of that game was 7-1 in Laney's favor.  "I didn't mind that we had scored one point.  I was pleased that we had held them to seven," explained Mcrae.  "I knew we would find a way to score points."

Mcrae surely felt similarly during the first two quarters of Tuesday's 62-46 home win over sub region opponent Burke County.  The teams finished the first period tied at 8 and entered halftime locked at 18.  Right on cue, the Spartans exploded for 44 second half points to move to 6-1, one game ahead of Butler and Cross Creek, in sub region 3B-AAAA play.

Coach Mcrae's philosophy this season has been straight forward and effective: play great defense to have a chance to win whether or not the shots fall.  On Tuesday this plan worked brilliantly as Glenn Hills remained in the game despite a cold shooting first half before warming up to drill 5 second half three pointers.

Junior guard Aubrey Mcrae led all scorers with 18 points and senior Naquan Turner added 16.  Burke County's Jermaine Baxley finished with 10 points.

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