GATE CITY — Possession by possession, quarter by quarter, game by game, the Gate City girls remain a work in progress.
On Thursday the Lady Blue Devils took another step in the right direction. With four players in double figures, Gate City (8-9, 4-0) upended visiting Lee High 65-52 to remain undefeated in the Clinch Mountain District.
In the boys’ contest, Gate City showed flashes of brilliance in a 67-52 win over Lee.
Originally set to be played today, Gate City moved the games to Thursday because of the impending inclement weather.
The Lady Blue Devils wasted little time establishing the upper hand. After Lee scored the opening basket for a brief 2-0 lead, Gate City rattled off 11 straight points to take control of the game.
Scoring in bursts, the Lady Blue Devils moved to a 32-23 lead by halftime and held a 45-31 advantage after three quarters.
Leading by nine, 54-45 with 4:34 left in the game, Gate City went on an 8-0 run to build its biggest lead, 62-45, with two minutes to go.
That sealed the deal for the Lady Blue Devils.
“We played well defensively in the first half,” said Gate City coach Kelly Houseright. “The second half, not so much.
“I thought when we got the lead into double figures we should have mashed the pedal a little more, but that’s something we’ve talked to them about all season. We’ve got to learn how to put together four good quarters of basketball.”
Morgan Gose led Gate City with 15 points while Kaely Gose added 11. Jordan Gose and Rachel Kilgore chipped in 10 points apiece for the Lady Devils.
Kilgore and Megan Edwards each had five steals.
“I think we played under control tonight,” said Morgan Gose. “Our guard play is improving and we seem to be taking better shots.
“But we know we can play better.”
Samantha Ely led Lee (5-12, 0-5) with a game-high 16 points while MacKenzie Arney added 13.
Luke Ervin hit five 3-pointers on the way to 17 points for the Gate City boys while Andy Arnold was unstoppable in the paint with 17 points of his own.
Dylan Jenkins added 12 points for the Blue Devils (12-5, 4-0).
“We were solid at times defensively,” said Gate City head coach Scott Vermillion. “That led to us having so good scoring opportunities.
“We still need to make improvements,” added Vermillion. “I guess all coaches feel that way this time of year.”
Adam Pendleton led Lee (5-12, 0-5) with 15 points while Taylor Livesay added 10.