On Friday night, the West Gadsden Panthers faced off against the Franklin County Bulldogs in Greensboro. The Panthers put the first points on the board when starting point guard Patrick Gilyard slashed to the basket for an easy lay-up, and from this point on West Gadsden never looked back as they increased their lead throughout the duration of the game. A few seconds later, the home team caused the crowd to erupt as Brandon Shingles threw an alley-oop pass to Charis Fitzgerald for a reverse dunk. West Gadsden ran its offense well and played good team defense, helping them build a 19-7 lead as the first quarter came to an end.
In the second quarter, the Panthers continued to play efficiently on both sides of the ball as they continued to play as a team. As the first half came to an end, the home team went into the locker room with a comfortable 34-11 lead over the visiting team.
At the start of the second half, the Panthers got back to business, putting pressure on the ball, which seemed to frustrate Franklin County. West Gadsden’s smothering defense led to several fast-break opportunities during the first few minutes of the third quarter, and with 5:12 left in the quarter, they pushed their lead to 44-12.
The home team continued to play active and aggressive defense all night as they cruised to a 67-24 victory over Franklin County. Charis Fitzgerald was the leading scorer of the game with 19 points, Brandon Shingles contributed 12 points and a game leading 10 rebounds, and post player Ricky Ceasor had 11 points. The game pushed the Panther’s overall record to 7-2, and 5-0 in district play. Hopefully West Gadsden will continue to build their momentum as they push their way toward the