Girls basketball defeats Sunlake, qualifies for Districts


Wiregrass’ Girls Varsity basketball team won decisively over Sunlake High School on Friday, winning by a score of 57-30 and improving to a 19-8 record.

Melissa Gordon’s talent shined all game, scoring a game-high 19 points and making 5 free throws. When asked how important her contributions are, Head Coach John Gant was quick to give praise.

“[Melissa is] very important. Her leadership is key. Her shooting is key. She’s got to play defense in man-to-man situations to help us out a lot.”

The Wiregrass defense looks to prevent Sunlake from scoring

When asked about his team’s strong points against Sunlake, Gant had a lot to highlight.

“We played very good, aggressive defensive. The best thing we did was passing the ball and scoring unselfishly.”

However, not everything was perfect about their win, according to Gant.

Senior Melissa Gordon (4) attempts a shot

“We played a little tentative in the beginning,” Gant replied when asked what they could improve on. “We didn’t play hard enough on defense at first, but we fixed it.”

Senior Stephanie Brower also had a big game, scoring 15 points.

With all the seniors on the girl’s basketball team this year, there are doubts about the future of Wiregrass’ varsity team. However, Coach Gant remains optimistic.

“It’s gonna be tough. We’re losing a lot of leadership, but we’re gaining a lot of athleticism. I don’t know about our win loss record, but the season should be a lot of fun.”

Wiregrass’ next game was a victorious effort against Wharton High School in their first district playoff game 43-37, and then defeated Freedom High School in the district semifinal 44-40. They will battle Plant High School on February 3rd for the District title.