Cats Fall To .500 In Heartbreaker At Home
Golden Knights Steal One On The Road
Down 13 points with five minutes to go, Cats Country had lots to celebrate about as the next two and a half minutes would be 94 feet of basketball that saw Georgia Northwestern cut the deficit to only two points with little more than two minutes left in the game.
However, that’s as close as it would get.
Bobcat Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson saw his young squad cut the West Georgia Tech lead to 82-80 before the team from Carrollton, Ga. called their final timeout. The break proved to be just what the road team needed as they would wrap up the win outscoring the Cats 13-4 in the final two minutes of play to steal the road win 95-84 at the Rossville Athletic Complex in Rossville.
“We have to find ways to finish teams like this off,” said Stephenson. “We have the players, the speed, the talent, but what we don’t have a lot of yet is game-time experience at this level. Well, we got that tonight. That was just too close to not come away with the win.”
Georgia Northwestern was visibly outsized in the mismatch with conference rival West Georgia’s front line averaging 6-foot-6. The tallest man on the Bobcats roster is 6-foot-4. “We are going to be in that position a ton of times this season. That can never be an excuse,” said the fourth-year coach of the Bobcats. “We will have to find a way to seal the deal.”
With GNTC co-captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) getting into foul trouble midway through the second half and fellow forward Seth Davenport (Murray County) only managing single-digit scoring in the paint, reserve forwards Ty Bonds (SE Whitfield), Steven Hughley (Brainerd), and Steven Ware (Heritage) gave Stephenson just what he may be looking for. The trio of big men poured in 17 points off the bench. “The big guys are stepping up and it’s going to be interesting to watch this season,” Stephenson said.
After setting a college record for points in a game in the season opener on Nov. 1, Cats co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) led the scoring effort for Georgia Northwestern with 23 points in the loss. The Bobcats (1-1, 0-1) now face Tennessee Temple on Monday night for a non-conference game against the Crusaders JV squad.
West Georgia Tech (95) – Ben Bohanon 12, Laminy 7, Pittman 8, Codi Linton 35, Byron Williamson 23, Escobar 2, Black 4, Weeks 4.
Georgia Northwestern (84) – Kyle Wilson 23, Jesse Moore 13, Davenport 7, Patton 8, Patrick Printup 16, Jackson, Woods, Chattin, Hughley 7, Bonds 6, Ware 4.
Halftime Score: 51-42, West Georgia Tech.
Lady Cats Take Season Opener To The Buzzer
Free Throws Cost GNTC First Win
Summerville’s Shadow Day led the Lady Cats with 19 points in the season opener for Georgia Northwestern.
The season opener at Georgia Northwestern proved to be a thriller as it came down to the buzzer as free throw woes would headline the Lady Cats 63-62 loss at home Saturday night.
Down 29-15 at the half, the Lady Cats would come out for the second half ready to fire away. Georgia Northwestern would outscore conference foe West Georgia Tech 47-34 in the last stanza.
However, down just three points with just six seconds left, Lady Cat guard Shadow Day (Chattooga) would put up a three-point attempt that would barely miss the mark. However, West Georgia Tech’s Quita Rogers fouled Day sending her to the free throw line for three shots. Referees would then charge Rogers with a technical foul, as well. The violation would give Georgia Northwestern a total of five free throw attempts to make up the 63-60 deficit.
They would hit two.
Day sank her first of three. The next two would rim out. Then, Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Coach Jim Williams would call on Miranda McDaniel (Sonoraville) to take the two free shots as a result of the technical. She’d connect on one of two.
The technical foul also gave Georgia Northwestern (0-1, 0-1) the ball. The Lady Golden Knights (1-0, 1-0) stole the inbounds pass only to see it stolen seconds later by Day. The Summerville, Ga., native would take one last attempt from half-court only to see it sail wide of its mark.
“We shot 41-percent from the foul line,” said Georgia Northwestern Assistant Women’s Head Coach Robbie Nash. “Eighteen of 44 from the free throw line is tough. We have two days to turn it around a touch before heading to Chattanooga Monday.” The Lady Cats play Tennessee Temple University Monday afternoon.
Georgia Northwestern enjoyed a seven-point lead at one point during the second half. The young Cats could not hold on though as the squad from Carrollton, Ga., would escape the Lady Cats’ den with a one-point win.
Day would lead all GNTC scorers on the night with 19 points and four assists. Kayci McGee (Cedartown) added 11 points and six boards in the loss. Fellow Cedartown alum Shakenda Stallings would pitch in 10 points and three steals.
Georgia Northwestern (62) – Shadow Day 19, Kayci McGee 11, Lindsay Watts 11, Shakenda Stallings 10, McDaniel 6, Crosby 5, Williams, Philpot, Brock.
West Georgia Tech (63)- Meisha Wright 17, Alvissa Goss 15, Quita Rogers 14, Penn 8, Porsha Goss 4, Jones 4, Robinson 1, Dobbs.
Halftime Score: 29-15, West Georgia Tech.