For one of the first games of the Rebel basketball season, Fannin traveled to Gilmer County and played one of their most intense games of the season. It was a nail biting game that had you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole thing. In the end, Fannin endured a heartbreaking two point loss with a score of 42-40. This past Saturday, the Rebels got their shot at redemption as the Bobcats traveled to their home court for a second round.
Gilmer started with the ball from tipoff and scored most of their points from post, Kell Weaver, who put seventeen points on the board. Cohutta Hyde was the one to lead Fannin in scoring for the night by contributing nine points overall. The Bobcats closed out the first quarter with a 12-4 lead over the Rebels.
Fannin took advantage of Gilmer’s zone defense by making outside shots. Rebel seniors, Chandler Kendall and Chase Culpepper, had their fair share of three pointers for the night. Kendall added seven points to the Rebel’s score while Culpepper earned six. Sophomore, Brady Martin, followed the trend as he added a three point shot and two free throws to contribute to Fannin’s score. Despite Fannin’s outside shots, Gilmer extended their lead and went into halftime with a score of 33-11.
The Rebels kept giving their best effort to make their way to the goal and to keep Gilmer from theirs. The Bobcats started to foul Fannin and allowed them to add more points to the board. Kaeden Twiggs drove the lane where he drew a foul and added one point to the Rebel’s score. Nathaniel Garrison did the same as he made two foul shots and contributed six points overall for his team. Fannin kept falling farther behind with a score of 51-25 to end the third quarter.
Seniors, Dahla Myers and Joel Kinser, worked great together. Myers drew the defense out with a shot fake just to pass it to Kinser who would take a wide open shot and add two points on the board. Along with his assists, Myers also earned two points for the Rebels. Although Fannin kept putting points on the board, Gilmer contributed more to their score. The Bobcats claimed their second victory over Fannin with a score of 58-39. The Rebels loss put their overall record at 3-13 while their region record remained the same at 0-5.