(Griffin, Georgia) – The three-hour trip to Southern Crescent Tech took a dangerous turn on the tip-off Friday night for Georgia Northwestern. The Lady Cats, fighting for a spot in the TCSGAA post-season tournament, lost their starting forward Kayci McGee (Cedartown) on the tip, rolling her ankle on her Lady Tiger counterpart.
Down to six players, Georgia Northwestern rolled to a twenty-point halftime lead. Then, the Lady Cats carried the momentum in the second half as they would wrap up the regular-season ending win, 69-27. Bench player Kelsie Philpot (Rockmart) filled in without missing a beat leading the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the conference win.
The 2010-11 collegiate basketball season is the first season ever for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats. “We couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve learned and the turn-around they’ve accomplished,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams.
Lady Cat point guard Mia Morrow (Rome) dropped in 15 points and dished off 10 assists to be one of three GNTC’ers to rack up a double-double. Jessica Williams (Pepperell) cleaned the nets out for 10 points and pulled down a monstrous 16 rebounds on the night. “She pulled down everything that came off the rim,” said Williams.
The Lady Cats (5-7, 5-3) have earned a two-seed in the TCSGAA post-season tournament with the win. “This was truly a total team effort,” said Williams. “X-rays Friday night were negative on Kayci (McGee). She’ll see an orthopedic specialist on Monday.” The post-season tournament for the state conference will be held March 4-5 at Tennessee Temple University.
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Illness would take the Bobcats top scorer off the court for Friday night’s game. The flu would keep sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) from suiting up leaving Georgia Northwestern with just six players, as well, in their nightcap against Southern Crescent Tech.

Down four to Southern Crescent at the intermission, then down ten points late in the second half, Georgia Northwestern would have to press to claw their way back into the conference match-up.

An off-target shot in the final seconds would leave Cats’ forward Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) with a chance to force overtime. The freshman post specialist would strike with a buzzer-beating put-back on the missed shot knotting the game up at 70-all at the end of regulation. Bonds would end with 10 points on the night.

Georgia Northwestern (3-14, 0-8) would fall three points short in the tough road conference loss, 83-80. Cats’ Co-Captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) would lead the way with a huge game by way of 21 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. The individual performance everyone was talking about came from freshman Bobcat, Steven Ware (Heritage-Catoosa). A post player who began the season as a reserve specialist managed to pile up 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. The first-year forward also pulled down eight boards in the road effort.

Freshman outside specialist Ben Patton (Dade County) would score 20 points against the Tigers hitting on 3-of-12 three point attempts in the loss. Fellow freshman guard Treas Jackson (Heritage-Catoosa) popped in a dozen points in the effort.

Georgia Northwestern plays its last regular-season home game at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, on Tuesday against Hiwassee College. The Bobcats lost the road side of this two-game set before the Christmas break, 122-105. GNTC wraps up the regular season on February 19 with a road game to Emory-Oxford College. The Eagles used a 16-0 run in the second-half of the first meeting to help drop the Cats, 85-53, just two weeks ago.

For more information on the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern or any student-athlete project at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu.  Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with more than 6,700 students across four campuses and online.
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***Women’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (69) – Day 5, Mia Morrow 15, Ashley Crosby 15, Kelsie Philpot 21, Jessica Williams 10, Watts 3.

Southern Crescent Lady Tigers (27) – Powell 4, French, Rousea 2, Sands 6, Genia Parker 15, Jones.

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***Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (83) – Jesse Moore 21, Treas Jackson 11, Woods 3, Ty Bonds 10, Ben Patton 20, Steven Ware 17.

Southern Crescent Tigers (86) – R. Bird 14, D. Gilbert 16, LeBlanc 2, C. High 20, R. Hardy 14, V. Woods 13, Thomas 5.

Halftime Score: 31-27, Southern Crescent.