GSC’s Mills has penchant for dramatic

One thing which has been an expected constant for quite a while when it comes to the Glenville State College women’s basketball program is winning.

It also doesn’t hurt any when Pioneer head coach Charles Marshall has a player like senior Ginny Mills to call upon.

Mills, who is still on a minutes restriction as she comes back from an ACL injury, is only averaging 12 minutes through her first four games.

Two of the Pioneers’ opponents in those quartet of affairs sure wish she wasn’t on the floor when they met.

Mills, who stressed “the ‘W’ at the end of it is all that matters, as long as we get that we are fine,” has hit two-game winning shots already this season.

The latest came during Monday night’s wild 86-83 road win as No. 15 GSC (7-1) nipped Winston Salem State via a Mills’ 3-pointer.

“It was above the 3-point line a little bit, I’m not sure how far I was out,” Mills said of Monday’s shot that started with an inbounds pass from Kenyona Simmons to pivot Aesha Peters near halfcourt. “I was completely thoughtless at the moment.

“I was a little bit in front of Aesha and (afterward) Kenyona was surprised at the way I shot it. I was close enough to shoot it like a regular shot. I didn’t take the time to set my feet. I just kind of chucked it up there. You just throw it up there, cross your fingers and it just happened to go in.”

Mills, who had a team-high 23 points versus WSSU thanks mainly to hitting 7 of 12 from downtown, made quite the splash in her season debut on Nov. 25. All the senior did in that game was drain a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining to lift GSC to a wild 111-110 victory against visiting Fairmont State.

“As soon as the Fairmont State game was over the very next day we put in a play for those type of situations (like at Winston Salem),” Mills stated.

Mills said during the timeout with the game tied at 83-all coach Marshall “told us to breathe and take a deep breath and he drew up the play that we had practiced on.

“He told us to relax. If we hit it we win and if we don’t hit it we’re going into overtime.”

The funny part about Mills’ triple versus rival FSU was that it was Mills’ steal and ensuing game-winning lay-in which lifted Glenville State to an 85-84 home win versus the Falcons last year. She also nailed a game-winning trey to beat Charleston 87-84 last year as the Pioneers finished 27-4 and lost in the regional semifinals.

“The goal is a national championship and to cut down the nets and win rings,” said Mills, who didn’t play during the Pioneers’ lone setback – a 90-84 defeat at current No. 2 Gannon. “We try not to look too far ahead.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com