West Glades basketball shows improvement

Special to the Glades County Democrat/Courtesy photo Dylann White was a key player for West Glades in the victory over Yearling Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 15.

LABELLE – The West Glades Panthers split a pair of games on Dec. 15 when they visited Yearling Middle School in Okeechobee.
he Lady Panthers defeated YMS 25-19 to avenge an early season loss in overtime to the Lady Bulls. Janna Morrisey had 14 points and 12 rebounds that included five big points in the final minutes.

Dylann White added two points, five steals and seven rebounds for West Glades. Taylor Martin had two points, two rebounds and two assists.

Adryauna Baker and Jasmine Shanks led Yearling with seven points apiece.

West Glades Coach Kimber Smith said she was very happy with the performance, “I was glad that our girls were able to overcome a loss to them in overtime. They played smart, they played hard and we won tonight.”

West Glades is (4-4) this season.

Smith said Yearling is well coached and they play extremely hard.

“The two teams are very close as far as talent and skill go. I enjoy playing them because it is always a competitive game,” she added.

Smith said the girls have been working hard on mental toughness and it has paid off in the close games.

She praised her point guard, White, for her handling of the ball, her defense and her leadership.

She said Morrisey has been able to play all five positions well for the Panthers.

“She does a little bit of everything for us and she always gets a lot of points and rebounds.”

White said the team needed this win to get the season back on track.

“I’m very proud of it. We worked really hard and we had two losses recently that we shouldn’t of had,” she explained.

White said she realized that Yearling was a fast team during the first game between the schools and knew her team had to control the pace of play.

“We had to switch between offense and defense quickly because they are really fast and they get to a lot of rebounds,” she added.

Yearling won the boys game, 26-19 in a hard fought defensive battle. Jason Branch had eight points, five rebounds and four steals to lead West Glades. Jonathan Munson added four points, two steals and two assists.

Stephen Thornton had 11 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for Yearling.

West Glades Coach Brad Smith said every game, the team gets better “We started off slow and our guys have progressively gotten better every game. They practice hard and I’m happy where we are.”

He said the Panthers play hard on every possession and do what he asks them to do.
“We just have trouble scoring and getting the ball into the hoop,” he noted.

West Glades is (1-6) so far this year.

Smith said the team can improve if they get the ball inside more, get more ball movement between players, and improve the pressure defense.

“We have to try to get our hands and feet moving more on defense, we hope to win a few more games after Christmas,” he added.

Smith said he also is glad that Yearling and Osceola from Okeechobee are back on the schedule because they usually play tough, competitive games.

“I’m glad to be playing them. I enjoy coaching my team and I look forward to the rest of the season.”

Special to Glades County Democrat

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