Freshman Lady Cat forward Kayci McGee fakes out one defender and then challenges another in a shot attempt Saturday night. The Cedartown, Georgia native scored five points in the Saturday win.

Lady Cats Beat Buzzer, 1-0 in 2011

Georgia Northwestern Picks Up Second Conference Win

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – In a game which saw Georgia Northwestern jump out to an early 12-1 lead at the Rossville Athletic Complex in Rossville, Georgia, it would come down to the final second for the Lady Cats as they would escape a Middle Georgia Tech comeback to steal their second win of the season, 66-65.

Enjoying a double-digit lead for much of the first half, it appeared that the troubles of 2010 would be left in 2010 for the Lady Cats who went into the Christmas break with a 1-5 mark.

After holding a 43-26 lead at the half, Georgia Northwestern saw Lady Titan Tarchundria Brown drain 10 of her 16 points in the second half to help Middle Georgia surge to a 65-64 lead in the final minute. “Their full-court press gave us some trouble, too,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach, Jim Williams.

Then, after a missed free throw from Lady Cats guard Mia Morrow with just seven seconds remaining, Georgia Northwestern pressure led to the Lady Cats getting the ball one final time in the paint. “This was Mia’s first game after redshirting the first half of the season and she started a little tight,” said Williams of the 5-foot-1 freshman.

With both teams fighting for the win, the ball would end up in the hands of 5-foot-10 forward Jessica Williams. It turns out the biggest basket of the night for the Lindale, Georgia native would be from one foot away as her lay-up with just one second on the clock securing a 66-65 win for Georgia Northwestern.

“Yeah, she (Williams) had a huge shot,” said Williams. “We’ve never had a problem putting shots up. Mia (Morrow) put up an outside shot inside the two-minute mark which I’ll be honest about. I closed my eyes on that one. But she made it.” The Lady Cats (2-5, 2-5) dropped eight three-pointers on the night at the hands of Lindsay Watts, Shadow Day, and Shakenda Stallings. Watts’ led the way with four baskets from behind the arc. The Murray County alum led all scorers with 21 points in the win.

“Hey, we’ve been beaten by two and we’ve been beaten by 52 this year,” said Williams. “But we keep playing our same game and improving on it. Tonight, we learned how to win in the face of adversity.” However, the stat Georgia Northwestern will be focusing on as they head into the second game of 2011 against Toccoa Falls College on January 28: Lady Cats are 1-0 in 2011.

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Bobcats Open 2011 With Tough Loss
Middle Georgia uses depth to pull away.

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) The Georgia Northwestern nightcap saw the Bobcats take a three-point lead into the half over visiting Middle Georgia. However, with things knotted up at 61-all with 3:45 remaining, Middle Georgia closed out the game on a 14-6 run to get the road win, 75-67, over GNTC.

“We are now carrying seven guys on the roster after the break and they played extremely well,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach, David Stephenson. “However, a couple of our big guys got into foul trouble and we took a couple of shots we probably shouldn’t have.” The Bobcats (2-8, 0-6) travel to Morrow, Georgia on Friday night to face Clayton State JV.

Trenton, Georgia’s Matt Woods led all Bobcats with 17 points from the point guard position in the loss. GNTC co-captain Kyle Woods added 14 in the effort Saturday night at The R.A.C. in Rossville, Georgia. Free throw shooting also played a major role in Georgia Northwestern’s fifth consecutive defeat. The Bobcats shot 50-percent from the charity strip (12-of-24) in the eight-point loss.

The January 10 game which was scheduled to pit Georgia Northwestern versus Emory-Oxford College has been rescheduled to January 31 at 7 p.m. at The R.A.C. Last week’s snow storm across the south forced the postponement of the match-up.

For more information on the Lady Cats or Bobcats basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the GNTC Office of Sports Information at (706) 764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

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BOX SCORES
Women

Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (66) – Shadow Day 18, Lindsay Watts 21, McGee 5, Jessica Williams 10, Morrow 6, Philpot, Crosby, Stallings 6, Allmon.

Middle Georgia Lady Titans (65) – Dwight 7, Tarchundria Brown 16, Lockett 3, Candesha Walker 15, Shequesha Goss 12, Jaqueta Jones 12.

Halftime Score: 43-27, Georgia Northwestern

BOX SCORES
Men

Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (67) – Kyle Wilson 14, Jesse Moore 10, Bonds 7, Matt Woods 17, Ben Patton 11, Ware 4, Jackson 4.

Middle Georgia Titans (75) – Feemster 2, Allen Whitehead 20, Little 9, Markese Carter 12, Keyhea 8, Jackson 13, Graves 8, Murphy 3, Bradshaw, Sanders.

Halftime Score: 38-35, Georgia Northwestern