Glenville, WV – Ginny Mills had a huge steal with nine seconds left in the game and converted a layup as the Lady Pioneers had a huge home win over the Fairmont State Fighting Falcons, 85-84.
Both teams battled back and fourth throughout the first half, however the Lady Pioneers made a little run as they took a seven point lead into halftime, 47-40.
In the second half, the Fighting Falcons battled back and took their first lead of the second half at the 2:17 mark as they went up 81-82.
After two made free throws by Fairmont’s Kaitlin Snyder it extended the Fighting Falcons lead to three, 81-84.
On the Lady Pioneers next possession, Jelena Elez would hit two free throws to cut the lead back to one, 83-84, with 24 second left to play.
Then, as Fairmont started to bring up the ball, Kaitlin Snyder tried to make a pass but Ginny Mills got her hand on it and came up with the steal and converted a layup. Taking GSC to an 85-84 lead with seven seconds in the game.
However, the Fighting Falcons would get one more chance but wouldn’t get a shot off as the Lady Pioneers came away with an 85-84 victory.
The Lady Pioneers caused 20 turnovers and converted them into 27 points. GSC also outscored Fairmont State in the paint, 38 to 26.
The Lady Pioneers also had 27 second chance points while the Fighting Falcons only had 12 points. GSC’s bench also outscored Fairmont State’s bench, 47 to 10.
Kenyell Goodson came off the bench as she led the Lady Pioneers with 19 points.
Ginny Mills, Kenyona Simmons, and Jelena Elez all chipped in with 13 points each. Mills also pulled down eight rebounds and had six steals in the game.
Elez also led the team in assists with four.
Fairmont was led by Hailey Garrett as she scored a game high 23 points while Hallie Gunnoe chipped in 22 points.
With the victory, the Lady Pioneers improve to 15-2 and 10-1 in conference play, they are currently sitting in first place in the WVIAC.
They return to action at home this Thursday, January 24th when Bluefield State travels to Glenville. Game time is set for 5:30pm.