(Winthrop-King Center, Rome, Georgia) – The Lady Bobcats ran wild in Rome Wednesday night as the NJCAA Region XVII defending champs would make easy work of NCAA Division III Covenant, 81-47.
Freshman Lady Cats Alyssa Nichelson (Creekview HS, GA) would lead the way in the non-region win with 19 points. Georgia Northwestern (5-5) would steal the ball 11 times on the night and force four shot clock violations against the visiting JV Scots.
Georgia Northwestern would enjoy a record-setting night against Covenant. Freshman guard Sierra Smith (Armuchee) would catch fire hitting six-of-10 from beyond the three-point line for 18 points on the night. Freshman forward Odessa Person (Lineville, Alabama) would clean the home glass for 15 rebounds in the win. Freshman point guard Kiarra Parks (Pepperell) would add eight points and nine assists.
The Lady Cats will play at home again on Friday afternoon when Southern Union (AL) rolls into town for a 2 p.m. tip-off. The match-up to watch will be between Person and cousin Southern Union forward Eisha Person of Brantley, Alabama. Both are post players for their respective teams. Both are also related to former NBA sharpshooter, Chuck Person.
The Bobcats and Lady Cats are also gearing up for their Toy Drive games on December 11. The games take place at the Rossville Athletic Complex. The Lady Cats tip-off at 6 p.m. The Bobcats will start immediately following the women’s game. Get one free ticket with each new toy you donate to the drive. All donations will go the Stocking Full of Love Toy Drive in North Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats (81) – Parks 8, Jones 4, Daughtry 4, Cole 3, Alyssa Nichelson 19, Flaherty 2, Sierra Smith 18, Mariah Price 13, Mostella 8, Person 2.
Covenant College Lady Scots (47) – Tingle 2, Stewart 2, Johnson 2, Pollard, Bell 3, Daugherty 5, Patterson, Weichbratt 1, Amy Dykstra 18, Holland, Jessica Fikkert 14.
Halftime Score: 40-22, Georgia Northwestern
Men’s Match-Up / Georgia Northwestern vs. Covenant JV
(The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, Rossville, Georgia) – In a game which had the Bobcats up as many as thirty, Georgia Northwestern would try different combinations on the hardwood as they would stop Covenant at The R.A.C. Wednesday night, 79-57.
Freshman Bobcat Hunter Ivester (Trion) led all scorers in Georgia Northwestern’s fourth win of the season. Ivester would drop a game-high 21 points with sharpshooting freshman guards Quinton Cotton (Model), Richard Olsen, and Tavish Reynolds (Sonoraville) would add, 13, 12, and 10, respectively.
The Cats would grow their 16-point halftime lead into a 22-point non-region victory over the JV Scots. Georgia Northwestern would go 10-of-14 from the free-throw line. “We keep improving each game and finding combinations that are going to work for region play,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson.
The Cats (4-5) hit I-75 North for a rematch of a memorable game from 2011 against Johnson University. The Evangels defense saw former Bobcat shooting guard Ben Patton set the college record for three-pointers last December going nine-of-11 from long-distance on Johnson’s home court.
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (79) – Quinton Cotton 13, Hunter Ivester 21, Todd 9, Miller 5, Bostic 2, Robinson 3, Tavish Reynolds 10, Richard Olsen 12, Johnson 4, Jackson.
Covenant College Scots (57) – Leithart 2, Jackson 2, Micah Turner 12, Playting 8, Nick Hyatt 18, Barnett 6, Van Nice 2, Holland 4, Gallagher 3.
Halftime Score – 43-27, Georgia Northwestern.