Pre-Season Poll, Honorees Announced as
Lady Cats Showcase Marquee Names, Games in 2011-12
(Rome, Georgia) – When Georgia Northwestern’s women tip off the 2011-12 varsity basketball schedule at home November 5 against the Lady Parsons of Snead State, they’ll be doing it with some pre-season honors already on the trophy shelf .
Last season’s TCSGAA conference champs have now officially moved to the National Junior College Athletic Association. Quickly noticing the new kids on the block, NJCAA Region XVII coaches ranked the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats number one in this year’s pre-season poll.
The Lady Cats claimed their conference title seven months ago by charging back from a 17-point deficit to topple West Georgia Tech in the championship clash held in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 5.
NJCAA’s Region XVII named Lady Cats Kayci McGee and Mia Morrow to its All-Region First Team for the new season. McGee, a sophomore from Cedartown, Georgia, plays forward for GNTC. Morrow, a sophomore from Rome, Georgia, returns to run the point in 2011-12. Lady Cat Jessica Williams, a sophomore from Cherry Log, Georgia, grabbed All-Region Second Team honors.
This past Saturday, well after you went to sleep, the Lady Cats were on the prowl holding their first practice of the 2011-12 season. NJCAA rules do not allow the first official practice each season to be held before October 1. So, the coaching staff simply held practice two minutes after midnight on October 1.
“We practiced until two in the morning and then hit the town for some pancakes,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams of his First Annual Bobcat Blast. “It’s a little something we hope to do each year to kick things off right.”
Williams, last year’s TCSGAA Women’s Coach of the Year, will lead his young team into an 18-game regular-season schedule beginning with a visiting Snead State squad from Boaz, Alabama. The Lady Cats will hold their home games this season at The Winthrop-King Centre on the Shorter University campus in Rome, Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern has one of the tougher two-year schedules around in 2011-12 playing two games each against Snead State (Boaz, AL), Cleveland State (Cleveland, TN), Gadsden State (Gadsden, AL), and Volunteer State (Gallatin, TN). Finally throwing into the mix a road game in Opelika, Alabama to play Auburn feeder school, Southern Union. The Lady Cats will see their first action in a pre-season scrimmage with a SCORE International Team on October 22.
Georgia Northwestern will play in the NJCAA Region XVII Post-Season Tournament Feb 24-25, 2012 at Emory-Oxford in Oxford, Georgia. The regional winner moves on for a chance to compete for the NJCAA National Title in Rochester, Minnesota.
Joining Williams on the sideline is second year assistant head coach Robbie Nash and new assistant head coach Consuelo “Nanae” Daniels. Daniels was a former Rome, Georgia prep standout who went on to play for the University of Alabama’s Lady Tide basketball program in the 1990’s. Her run on the collegiate hardwood included helping lead Alabama to a trip to the NCAA Final Four.
“We are really excited to have someone of her caliber on the staff,” said Williams of Daniels. “With the players we have coming back and this ramped up coaching staff, we are going to be a tough out against those big names on our schedule.”
Returning from the title squad of 2010-11 is McGee, Morrow, and Kelsie Philpot, a sophomore from Rockmart, Georgia. Among the freshmen Lady Cats expected to make their mark this season is Emily Cole, a guard from Adairsville, Georgia, and Brittney Daughtry, a forward from Rome, Georgia.
Daughtry is a previous MVP of the Mason-Dixon Basketball Tournament held annually among the east coast’s top “Schools For The Deaf.” Daughtry played for the GSD, Georgia School for the Deaf, in Cave Spring, Georgia.
After a provisional membership this past year, Georgia Northwestern is now a full-fledged member of the NJCAA’s Region XVII. For more information on Lady Cats Basketball at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813. You may also e-mail Don Foley in the Office of Sports Information at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College, visit their website at GNTC.edu.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College educates nearly 10,000 students each year online and on-campus. GNTC has campuses in five different counties across Northwest Georgia serving the people of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties.