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First Win Over Rival In Two Years
(Winthrop-King Center, Rome, Georgia) – Down 21 points with just 13 minutes left to play, the Lady Cats of Georgia Northwestern would have to make their largest comeback in school history to best their region rival for the first time in two years.
And that’s exactly what they did.
The Lady Cats would outscore West Georgia Tech 41-16 in the final 13 minutes of play to shock the Lady Golden Knights, 82-78, at the Winthrop-King Center in Rome, Georgia.
Leading Georgia Northwestern (9-8, 3-0) with monster numbers was freshman Odessa Person (Lineville, AL) with 17 points and 21 rebounds in the historic win over West Georgia (5-13, 1-1). “Dee gets more and more consistent each week,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “She has become our most consistent player. She has turned playing down low into and art and is proud of it. I mean, sometimes she pays the price, though.”
Three-pointers and paint work would help the NJCAA Region XVII defending champions claw their way back into the game. A Sierra Smith (Armuchee, GA) three with four minutes to play would whittle things down to a six-point deficit. Back-to-back hard-fought points in the paint from Terika Mostella (Cartersville, GA) would make it a two-point game, 76-74, with 2:25 to play.
“Terika is growing up as a ball player,” said Williams. “Sometimes she gets rattled as a ball player. Tonight though, we are all very proud of our first year player.”
The difference maker in the game would come with just 1:40 left to play as sophomore all-region guard Emily Cole (Adairsville, GA) would slice across the front court from wing to wing finally finding a hole to drive through for the tying basket, 76-all.
But the Lady Cats would need more from their all-region standout as it would be Cole who would take a Kiarra Parks (Cleveland, TN) outlet pass and turn it into a three-pointer and give her Cats a three-point lead, 79-76. “Kiarra had two looks. Emily on one wing and another outlet as well,” said Williams. “Smart pass and solid shot from our guards on that one.”
Before Tuesday’s win, the Lady Cats had not beat West Georgia Tech since the conference post-season tournament in February of 2011. West Georgia Tech was ineligible for post-season play in 2012. The rematch between these two will take place in just three weeks on February 8 in LaGrange, Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern hits the road Friday night for their next action in NJCAA Region XVII play as they face-off with Southern Crescent Tech in Griffin, Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern competes in the NJCAA Region XVII. The post-season region tournament will be held February 21-24 at Middle Georgia Tech in Warner-Robbins, Georgia with a NJCAA National Tournament spot on the line. Georgia Northwestern is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern (82) – Parks 8, Alana Jones 10, Cole 7, Alyssa Nichelson 13, Smith 8, Price 9, Terika Mostella 10, Odessa Person 17.
West Georgia Tech (78) – Marshall 9, Hollins 4, Sharika Penneman 23, Mann 8, Camp, Romick, Sharon Forte 13, J. Penneman 2, Williams 6, Victoria Conner 13.
Halftime Score: 45-34, West Georgia Tech.
Georgia Northwestern Wins First Halves, Mid-South Wins Games
(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – A nine-point lead at the break for the Lady Cats quickly evaporated in the second half at the hands of a Mid-South College full-court press. A 49-point second half earned the Lady Greyounds a 15-point road win at The R.A.C, 72-57.
Lady Cats shooting guard Sierra Smith (Armuchee) led Georgia Northwestern (6-6) with 13 points in the home loss. Mid-South point guard LaQuaris Harris led all Mid-South scoring (3-7) with 18 points on the night.
Georgia Northwestern post player Odessa Person contributed some impressive numbers. The freshman from Lineville, Alabama cleaned the home boards for 18 rebounds and bucketed a dozen points.
Down by nine coming out of the intermission, the Lady Grehounds took their defense 94-feet as the pressure would result in a Mid-South lead at the 15-minute mark, 40-37. It was a lead they would never relinquish.
The Lady Cats would shoot a well-below par 30-percent from the field on the night. An even more troubling number came at the charity stripe. Georgia Northwestern shot a dismal 33-percent from the foul line in the loss.
The Lady Greyhounds would burn up The R.A.C. nets in the second half connecting on 53-percent of their shots.
The Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats are now off for Christmas break and will return to action on January 3 at Gadsden State (AL).
Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (57) – Parks 5, Jones 2, Daughtry 2, Cole 4, Alyssa Nichelson 10, Sierra Smith 13, Price 7, Mostella 2, Odessa Person 12.
Mid-South Lady Greyhounds (72) – Washington 5, Jasmine Greer 13, King 7, Wallace 4, Wilkerson, LaQuaris Harris 18, Terrika Madden 10, Ball, Torry 5, Bennett, Hughes 8.
Halftime Score: 32-23, Georgia Northwestern
In the men’s nightcap, the Bobcats would almost mirror the performance of the Lady Cats taking a five-point lead into the intermission versus the men from Mid-South College, 30-25.
However, the team from West Memphis, Arkansas would win the second half and the game by five, 61-56.
NJCAA All-Region and All-District First-Team member Alex Miller put up impressive numbers with 12 points and 11 boards in the home loss. Freshman Cat Quinton Cotton led the way with 21 points on the night. Mid-South guard Eugene Palmer led the Greyhounds with 15 points.
A pair of flashy half-court passes from freshman Tavish Reynolds to fellow freshman Quinton Cotton, combined with a bank-shot three-pointer from 6-foot-5 post player Bud Todd, highlighted the offensive output of the Cats in the first twenty minutes.
It would be the press of the Greyhounds that stole the show in the second half. Mid-South would grow their lead to 11 in the second half before the aggressive play of the Cats would get the Cats within two at 56-54 in the final two minutes.
A drive through the entire Mid-South defense in transition by freshman Cat Richard Olsen which was capped off with a scoop shot to cut the game to five would only be outdone by his teammate Miller on the next drive. The six-foot-five sophomore would take the ball in amongst the trees and find the basket and the foul for a three-point play.
That’s as close as Georgia Northwestern would get as turnovers by the Cats and success at the free-throw line late in the game for the Greyhounds helped give Mid-South the tough road win.
Georgia Northwestern will close out its pre-Christmas break schedule on Friday night at The R.A.C. when Tennessee Temple comes to visit for a backyard brawl.
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (56) – Quinton Cotton 21, Jackson, Ivester 4, Todd 5, Alex Miller 12, Bostic, Robinson, Reynolds 8, Olsen 6, Johnson.
Mid-South Greyhounds (61) – Lee 8, Reed, Boston, Culbreath 2, Eugene Palmer 15, Ziegler 2, Ollison 2, Arnold, Marquavious Smith 13, Willis 5, Handley 8, Clardy 6, Nowden.
Halftime Score: 30-25, Georgia Northwestern.
(Nashville, TN) – It was a tale of two halves and two sharpshooters Saturday as a pair of 5-foot-11 guards, Georgia Northwestern’s Hunter Ivester (Trion) and Welch College’s Jake Manning, would hold their own shootout in Nashville, Tennessee.
The freshman Cat from Trion, Georgia would shoot lights out in the final round of the Music City tournament at Welch College. A perfect seven-of-seven, which included three-of-three from beyond the arc, would land him 17 first-half points. It was a performance that would help the Cats secure a five-point lead at the half, 38-33.
However, it was another guard in Welch junior Jake Manning who would go toe-to-toe with Ivester dropping 27 points on the day to help Welch make a second-half surge and secure a home-court win over Georgia Northwestern 82-74.
Manning’s second-half shooting would help the Flames open the last period with a 17-4 run before Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson would call a time-out at the 14-minute mark. The sideline speech would help mount a comeback of their own as the Cats as the pace would speed up quickly as full-court pressure and interior shooting would help knot things up at 61-all with just nine minutes to play.
The Flames would slowly pull away as they would build a seven-point lead with one minute to play. With 31 seconds left on the clock, freshman Tavish Reynolds (Sonoraville) would lock-in for a three-pointer to cut the lead to four. But that’s as close as the Cats would get as Georgia Northwestern would fall to 1-3 on the young season.
The Cats will next be in action Tuesday night in Cleveland, Tennessee as they take on Lee University JV in a non-region game at 7:30 p.m. eastern. This is a first-time match-up between the two colleges.
For more information on Bobcats Basketball at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Georgia Northwestern has five campuses across Northwest Georgia directly serving nine different counties in the Peach State.
Georgia Northwestern (74) – Covington 6, Hunter Ivester 21, Bud Todd 16, Alex Miller 17, Bostic, Robinson, Reynolds 6, Olsen 7, Johnson 1.
Welch College (82) – Simon, Jake Manning 27, Smith, Ken Sides 20, Corey King 12, Stex 5, George Dunlap 12, Treutt 2, Chol 4.
Halftime Score: 38-33, Georgia Northwestern