By Erica Henry
On a day where pounding the ball inside and offensive rebounding was key in the Lady Cavaliers success, Dominique Gilbert dominated the paint leading Darton College to a 61-45 victory Saturday over Georgia Perimeter in GPC gym on the Decatur campus.
Gilbert, the Lady Cavalier’s leading scorer and rebounder, was defended early by GPC’s leading scorer and rebounder Ry’Van Buchanan. Buchanan picked up two quick fouls to sit out for the final 17 minutes of the first half, allowing Gilbert to shine.
Gilbert finished the game with 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
“We rely on Dominique,” said DC head coach Laura Blackwell. “She knew this was a big game and she played hard and got it done in the paint.”
Marah Wright came through collecting 14 points and 11 rebounds despite only having three rebounds at halftime.
Shaylia Jester had a big night also collecting 11 rebounds and nine points. Jester led the team with six offensive rebounds that allowed her to score chip shots right under the basket.
“Shaylia was so big for us this afternoon,” said Blackwell. “She came in and was very aggressive on the offensive glass. Her early intensity helped the team stay up and maintain a lead.”
Jester also guarded the Jaguar’s leading scorer and rebounder, Buchanan, holding her to four points and four rebounds.
Abril Smith contributed with 11 points.
GPC (9-12, 2-3) got big-time production from Joreshica Martin as she connected on 4 of 5 three-pointers tallying a career high 23 points. Nicole Wells added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Darton led early, but the Jaguars forced seven consecutive turnovers at one point and pulled within 15-14. The Lady Cavaliers led 33-22 at halftime.
DC held Perimeter to 28 percent shooting from the field and 19 percent from the three-point line. The Lady Cavs edged GPC on the boards, 56-39, 20 of which were offensive rebounds.
Darton College has time to rest before its game against undefeated South Georgia Technical College on Thursday at the Cavalier Arena at 5:30 p.m.