GSC Women beat #6 ranked team in the countryBy Chris Hunter | November 15th, 2012 | Category: Sports | No Comments »
The Glenville State Lady Pioneers tipped off their season against out-of-conference foe, Virginia Union, at home this past Friday. Both sides kept the score close the entire gamewith several lead changes as the Lady Pioneers hung on for a 90-83 victory. It was an excellent chance to see what is going to be in store for the ladies and how they plan to replace such key players as Tanesha Wilson, Dee Woodmore, Beth Deren, and Mishae Miles; and how they could play without injured Center Aesha Peters.
Key returners came up big for the Pioneers in Ginny Mills and Kenyell Goodson, particularly on the scoring part of the stat sheet. Mills led all scorers with 23 points and Goodson finished the night with 20 points. All but three of Goodson’s points came in the second half. Newcomer Kenyona Simmons also added an impressive effort with a double-double because she scored
over ten points and ten rebounds due to a 15 point and 11 rebound performance.
Saturday the Lady Pioneers took on the Fighting Scots of Edinboro in a match-up of regional titans. The Lady Fighting Scots were ranked number one in the region and sixth nationally heading into the match-up. The Pioneers, meanwhile, had a measly one vote in the national poll. That is sure to change as the Lady Pioneers jumped out to a 20 point lead early and never trailed from then on. At one point in the first half, the Pioneers had an astonishing 28 point lead on the highly favored Edinboro squad. The Fighting Scots didn’t go down easy though,
and proved why they only lost two games all of last season. Close to the end of the second half, the Lady Fighting Scots were able to trim the lead to almost
single digits. However, a trey by Ashleigh Fosset put the game away for good.
The Pioneers cruised from there to take a 101-82 victory over the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference foe.
The style of play hasn’t changed much for the Lady Pioneers despite losing so many important players from last season. Coach Harckleroad’s five women in and five women out rotation is still in effect with enough talent on the team to have a ten girl rotation. Defensively the Pioneers are as sound as they ever have been this early in the season and offensively their up tempo play is devastating from the three point line and getting the easy lay-up. With two impressive wins already in the book for the Glenville squad, expectations to win the conference are as high as they ever have been despite being picked behind a Fairmont State squad that they dismantled easily last season. Look for these ladies to not let beating the sixth ranked team in the nation be their only highlight.