Originally created 01/23/04

Spartans' spunk key in recent run



Losing for most of the first half of last Tuesday's game, Glenn Hills found itself in a situation it's known for much of the year.

The Spartans' rally to beat Hephzibah 46-44 shows the rest of Region 3-AAAA that, although Glenn Hills isn't one of the most talented squads around, it might be one of the toughest teams to beat.

"We've played hard all year," said Wallace, whose team improved to 8-8 (4-1 Region 3-AAAA). "We keep giving it all we've got. We're not the most talented team in the region, and at times, our skill is lacking. But we play with a passion."

Against the Rebels, it was enough for the victory.

Junior point guard Antonio Keller hit three 3-pointers and led the Spartans with 15 points, and Leodrick Hudson drained two other three-pointers and finished with 12.

"We have to focus on all the angles," Wallace said. "We can't have one key player have a bad game. They have to produce each game. If we can keep putting it together, more times than not, we'll be doing good."

SMITH LIKELY OUT: Glenn Hills girls coach Bernard Bowman said he's pretty sure standout forward Tyhiesha Smith tore her anterior cruciate ligament in Tuesday's loss to Hephzibah.

The injury occurred when on a shooting foul on Smith with 5:07 left in the first quarter. She fell to the floor and, in anguish, held her left knee.

As Bowman and others attended to her on the gym floor, she said, "My knee came out. I can't feel my knee. I can't move my knee."

She limped off the court, but returned to the game late in the second quarter. But after playing about 2 minutes of the third quarter, she took herself out of the contest and didn't return.

Smith, a Charlotte signee, is scheduled to undergo an MRI in the next few days to confirm the injury.

"We'll know something for sure in the next couple days," Bowman said. "The girls will have to step up and play hard (without her). They'll get after it."

GREENBRIER IN THIRD: In the latest Georgia Athletic Directors Association/Dodge Champion Director's Cup standings, Greenbrier is in third place with 170 points in Class AAAA.

The Wolfpack program trails Marist (440 points) and Woodward (180) for the cup awarded to the school with the best athletic department in the state.

The standings include all fall sports: cross country, softball, volleyball and football.

Reach Josh Katzowitz at (706) 823-3216 or josh.katzowitz@augustachronicle.com.