Georgia Northwestern Celebrating Fifth Year of Athletics January 28.


Contact Info: Don Foley/423.838.7319
Office of Sports Information, Georgia Northwestern

For Immediate Release


(Rome, GA) – Despite the sophomore leadership from Lady Cats Kayci McGee and Jessica Williams, Georgia Northwestern had a tough time matching-up with Division I JUCO power Gadsden State Tuesday night in Rome.

GNTC’s (2-12, 2-3) McGee dropped in 11 points and pulled down five boards while her frontcourt counterpart Williams cleaned the Winthrop-King Centre nets for 10 points and half-dozen rebounds. However, freshman Gadsden State forward Jasmyne Reeves led all scorers with 16 in route to an 87-43 win over the Lady Cats.

“They were a faster team and I’ll give them credit,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “We have done a lot of changes in how we work the roster since the Christmas Break. We are just a game below .500 in Region XVII. Hopefully, these tough non-region games will keep us sharp for our main competition and put us in a good spot when tournament time comes around.”

Georgia Northwestern captured its conference tournament crown last season in a tournament final held at Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Now, with GNTC’s new affiliation with the NJCAA, the Lady Cats will be battling it out at Emory-Oxford in Oxford, Georgia February 24-25. They’ll play their last region game on the road in Griffin, Georgia against Southern Crescent on February 4. The Lady Cats dropped the Lady Tigers by seven at home on January 10, 52-45.

The Lady Cats starting three at the guard slot were held to a combined 22 points Tuesday night. Kenisha Watkins led the way from the backcourt with nine for Georgia Northwestern. Former Model High School standout Alex Patton made her hometown debut of sorts with the road game to Floyd County. Patton scored five in the win for visiting Gadsden State (8-5, 1-1).

“We’ve had a rough road with these huge schools,” said Williams. “But it’s going to make us a tough out come tournament time.” The Lady Cats were selected as the pre-season number one by NJCAA Region XVII coaches last fall.

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On January 28 at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) in Rossville, Georgia, the Bobcat athletic department will be celebrating a milestone. This season marks the fifth season of collegiate varsity athletic competition for the region’s largest college.

In honoring this, Georgia Northwestern has invited back the student-athletes who were on the very first men’s basketball roster. During the half of the Bobcats Region XVII match-up with Macon State, the former players will be recognized for the undefeated season they recorded in their pilot season.

“During that year, there were more than 1,700 colleges on all levels of play competing in men’s basketball,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Office of Sports Information representative, Don Foley. “We were one of only three teams who managed to string together a perfect season.” Members of that team were Manny Davis (Ridgeland), Casey Day (Trion), Matt Hill (Trion), Brandon Harris (LaFayette), Anthony Lumpkin (Ringgold), Tim McKeever (Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe), Dustin Rosser (Trion), Nate Smith (LaFayette), and Bud Todd (Trion).

For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia educating more than 10,000 students every year. GNTC offers more than 200 programs on five different campuses throughout the year.

Women’s Box Score

Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (43) – Daughtry 4, Cole 5, McGee, Mia Morrow 10, Kenisha Watkins 14, Philpot 8, Williams 5.

Gadsden State Lady Cardinals (87) – Gann 6, Simmons 9, Katy Miller 11, Huckabee 7, McKinney 5, Jasmine Looney 10,  Thomas 4, Sheyenne Turner 11, Cain 3, Jasmyne Reeves 16, Patton 5.

Halftime Score:  51-18, Gadsden State