Lady Cats Roll In First Victory
Cedartown’s McGee Drops Double-Double
(Rome, Georgia) – After dropping the first four games of their inaugural season, the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats found the win column in a big way on Saturday dropping conference rival Southern Crescent Tech, 74-47, for their first regular season win.
5-foot-10 Sonoraville alum Miranda McDaniel led the charge into GNTC’s first regular season win cleaning the nets for 16 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Making just as an impressive of statement was Cedartown’s Kayci McGee who rang up a double-double in the win. The 5-foot-10 forward dropped in 14 points and cleaned the glass for a bakers’ dozen. Fellow Lady Cat Lindsay Watts (Murray County) also scored 14, as well as adding four boards and three assists.
“This is something we can build on,” said Lady Cats Head Coach Jim Williams after the win. “It’s a positive experience and will help us roll into the heart of our schedule.” They’ll need all the momentum they can get as they host Chattahoochee Tech at home on Friday night; a team which hung a hundred points on the Lady Cats (1-4, 1-4) the last time around.
Southern Crescent Lady Tiger Genai Parker led her road team with 22 points in the loss. One stat that still causes a problem for Georgia Northwestern comes at the free throw line. Going 10-of-24 from the charity stripe Saturday put them at 42% accuracy from the foul line. However, Southern Crescent didn’t fare much better connecting on only half of their attempts (8-of-16).
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Just up the road in Rossville, Georgia on Saturday night, the Southern Crescent Tigers battled it out with the Bobcats in their home den, the Rossville Athletic Complex (R.A.C.). Despite only being down three at the half, Georgia Northwestern’s men could get no closer than seven points late in the contest as the Bobcats dropped their second straight falling at home, 88-81.
Midway through the second half the Cats trailed by 10 when sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) took to the air for what appeared to be a momentum changer when he corralled an errant Georgia Northwestern shot and rattled off a thunderous dunk for two of his 17 points on the night. However, Georgia Northwestern (2-6, 0-3) would drop their second straight as they are now left with only two days to prepare for non-conference opponent, Tennessee Temple.
Sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) and freshman Cat Ben Patton (Dade County) both led the Cats Country scoring attack with 18 a pop. Wilson did it on a decent night from the field, coupled with 6-of-7 free throw shooting. Patten, GNTC’s apparent sniper from behind the arc, connected on five three-pointers in the first half before Southern Crescent’s defense found a way to cool his hot hand. Freshman point guard Patrick Printup (Adairsville) added 17 to the effort, gained in part by his perfect performance from the foul line going 8-of-8 on the night.
Next up for Georgia Northwestern is a fundraiser for North Georgia as they play a select team from the Roper Corporation in Walker County, Georgia in a charity game for the Stocking Full Of Love Toy Drive which helps give presents to the kids of families in need. Game time is 3 p.m. Sunday at LaFayette High School in LaFayette, Georgia.
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Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (74) – Day, Miranda McDaniel 16, Allmon 6, Crosby 9, Brock 2, Philpot 3, Lindsay Watts 14, Kayci McGee 14, Jessica Williams 10.
Southern Crescent Lady Tigers (47) – Driver, Scott 3, K.T. Rouseau 11, Sands 6, Genai Parker 22, Jones, French 5, Thomas.
Halftime Score – 37-24, Georgia Northwestern
Georgia Northwestern (81) – Kyle Wilson 18, Hughley 5, Jesse Moore 17, Ben Patton 18, Patrick Printup 17, Jackson, Woods 2, Bonds 2, Davenport 2.
Southern Crescent (88) – Byrd 10, High 24, Hardy 9, Howell 22, Thomas 6, Gilbert 1, Minnigan 6, Woods 10, Jackson. ((No first names registered))
Halftime score: 47-44, Southern Crescent