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Lady Cats Claw Way Back From 17 Down, Fall Short In Repeat

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Georgia Northwestern Closes Season, Mostella Injured In Finale

(Warner-Robins, GA) – Georgia Northwestern fought back from a 17-point deficit in the second half to come within one shot of Middle Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon in the NJCAA Region XVII Title Game. However, the Lady Cats would not be able to push their way over the top as the Lady Titans would claim the championship and the region’s lone national tournament bid with a 64-58 win in Warner-Robins, Georgia.

After sweeping the regular season series with Middle Georgia Tech (10-19, 4-4), the Lady Cats would find it hard to beat the same team three times in a season. 25-percent shooting from the field and 47-percent shooting from the foul line would contribute in Georgia Northwestern’s (14-11, 6-2) season-closer.

The note of interest from the title game for the Lady Cats was the fouling out of sophomore Odessa Person (Lineville, AL). Before fouling out just inside the four-minute mark, the nation’s eighth-leading rebounder would pull down 13 rebounds, drop in nine points, and swipe three balls in the effort. “It was an incredibly physical game today and they just let these teams play,” said Georgia Northwestern’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “Odessa and this entire team simply played their hearts out. She has an incredible shot to play at a four-year program next year.”

Last year’s region champs would find themselves trailing 44-27 in the second half before they would turn up the pressure and look to their bench to clean the road nets for points as they Cat subs would bucket 14 in the second stanza. With 2:25 remaining, Georgia Northwestern’s team effort would cut the deficit to two, 59-57. However, three trips down the court and three missed shots later and the Lady Cats would end the game fouling for shots at the ball.

A note to watch will be an injury to freshman post player Terika Mostella (Cartersville, GA) who went down in a chase for a loose ball late in the game. A hard fall on her left knee left the first-year Lady Cat on the hardwood for several minutes as specialists tended to the injury. Early reports are that she suffered a severe strain of ligaments in her left knee. “It’s the same knee she hurt badly in high school,” said Williams.

Middle Georgia Tech’s NJCAA Region XVII two-time Player of the Year Ashley West would led her Lady Titans with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. The 5-foot-8 forward from Perry, Georgia would play all forty minutes of the championship. Middle Georgia forward Tynisha Walton would make her presence felt with 13 points and 23 rebounds on the day.

Georgia Northwestern was led by freshmen Kiarra Parks (Cleveland, TN), Sierra Smith (Armuchee, GA), and Alyssa Nichelson (Canton, GA) with 13, 12, and 11 points, respectively in the tourney final. The Lady Cats expect to return six from this year’s roster. Leading all scorers in the title bout was sophomore Lady Titan Kameelah Wynn with 19 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point line.

The Lady Titans will play at the winner of NJCAA Region XX Women’s Champion in the NJCAA Round of 16 on March 2. Allegheny County-Boyce (PA) and NJCAA Final Four team Montgomery College-Rockville (MD) are playing today to determine that champion from NJCAA Region XX.

“This team is returning a lot of talented freshmen next season,” said Williams. “We are returning most of our starters and a ton of subs. Ones have come through for us in the clutch all season long. We are looking forward to what next season will bring. The final games for Cole and Person, though, are bittersweet. They’ve been vital to our success this year.”

The Lady Cats are a member of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Athletics, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern (58) – Jones 2, Cole 7, Alyssa Nichelson 11, Sierra Smith 12, Person 9, Kiarra Parks 13, Price 4, Mostella.

Middle Georgia (64) – Tynisha Walton 13, Ashley West 13, Asheleigh Burnett 13, Gresham, Hudson 1, Kameelah Wynn 19, Gadson 5.

Halftime Score: 35-27, Middle Georgia.

Lady Cats Roar In NJCAA Region Semis, National Tourney Bid On Line Sunday

Georgia Northwestern, Middle Georgia Tech Square Off In Finals

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(Warner-Robins, GA) – NJCAA’s Region XVII defending champs wasted no time making its way towards a second straight bid to the NJCAA’s Women’s National Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon as they made quick work of region tournament semi-final opponent Southern Crescent (GA), 81-25.

The nation’s eighth-leading rebounder Odessa Person (Lineville, AL) saw her per game average climb as she pulled down a monstrous 19 rebounds and add a game-high 13 points in the post-season win for Georgia Northwestern in the tourney’s elimination round. Partner post player Terika Mostella (Cartersville, GA) added 12 points and 13 boards in the effort.

The number one seeded Lady Cats roared on defense holding the Lady Tigers to a chilly a 16-percent shooting from the field. Six different Lady Cats would score in double-digits on the day. Georgia Northwestern added strong work on the boards to run away with the win as they out-rebounded Southern Crescent, 67-39.

“Southern Crescent brought a lot of class to the court and we simply just tried to play our game,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “We have one huge game tomorrow now. Middle Georgia Tech has taken us to the wire both times we played them this year. And now, we have to face them on their home court in the regional final.”

Georgia Northwestern (14-10, 6-1) will take on Middle Georgia Tech in the NJCAA Region XVII Title Game Sunday at 2 p.m. in Warner-Robins, Georgia. The Lady Titans surprised the tournament’s number two seed West Georgia Tech by topping the Lady Golden Knights in the semi-finals Saturday, 62-59. Georgia Northwestern narrowly swept the season series with Middle Georgia Tech with a pair of two-point wins in the past six weeks.

Middle Georgia Tech sports the NJCAA Region XVII two-time Player of the Year in Ashley West. The Lady Titan sophomore leads the region with 15 points per outing in the 2012-13 campaign. The 5-foot-8 forward from Perry, Georgia led all scorers with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists in the Middle Georgia Tech semi-final win Saturday.

However, West and Lady Cat Sierra Smith will both be recovering from injuries when Sunday’s final tips-off. West went down late in their semi-final game against West Georgia Tech early Saturday with a leg injury. Smith suffered a right ankle sprain Thursday in the team’s final practice before leaving for the regional event. The region’s leading three-point shooter saw limited time in the semi-finals scoring six points in her 17 minutes of action.

The NJCAA Region XVII Women’s Champion will play at the winner of NJCAA Region XX Women’s Champion in the NJCAA Round of 16 on March 2.

The Lady Cats are a member of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Athletics, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern (81) – Jones 4, Emily Cole 12, Alyssa Nichelson 11, Smith 6, Odessa Person 13, Kiarra Parks 11, Flaherty, Mariah Price 12, Terika Mostella 12.

Southern Crescent (25) – Higgins 4, Miller 9, Sweat, Anderson 8, Jones 2, Garius 2, Egure, Morgan.

Halftime Score: 46-12, Georgia Northwestern.

Bobcats, Lady Cats Set Eyes on NJCAA Region Titles This Weekend

Lady Cats Escape With Must-Win At Home, Grab Share Of Region Crown

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(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – A pair of free throws from freshman Mariah Price (Summerville, GA) with 12 seconds remaining would prove to be the shots that would break a 66-all tie and help Georgia Northwestern grab a share of the NJCAA Region XVII 2012-13 regular season title Saturday. Sophomore Lady Cat All-Region standout Emily Cole (Adairsville, GA) would lead the way with 16 points as the Cats would top Middle Georgia Tech at The R.A.C, 68-66.

One year after winning the NJCAA Region XVII outright, the win Saturday puts Georgia Northwestern in a first-place tie for the region crown with West Georgia Tech. With both teams splitting their regular season series, the tie-breaker scenarios have now all whittled down to one coin-toss expected to be held in Oxford, Georgia tomorrow afternoon at Emory-Oxford College.

Both teams split the regular season title. However, the coin-toss will determine the top seed for the post-season tournament taking place next week at Middle Georgia Tech.

Making their living from the three-point line throughout the 2012-13 campaign, the Lady Cats would hit a bit of a long-range cold snap against the visiting Lady Titans (7-18, 2-4). Georgia Northwestern would go 7-of-31 from beyond the arc. Big shots from mid-range would help the Lady Cats keep the advantage throughout the game.

Price would drop in 15 points in the win for Georgia Northwestern (13-10, 5-1) in the regular season closer. Sophomore Lady Cat Odessa Person would continue to make her presence felt as she popped through a dozen points and pulled down 15 boards on the day.

The NJCAA Region XVII Basketball Tournament will be held in Warner-Robbins, Georgia February 22-24. The winner of the tournament earns the regions automatic bid into the NJCAA Women’s National Basketball Tournament which begins one week later. The Lady Cats fell in the first round of the national tournament last year losing at the nation’s eventual fourth-place finisher in Montgomery College-Rockville (MD) 99-51.

Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern (68) – Kiarra Parks 10, Jones, Emily Cole 16, Nichelson 8, Smith 3, Mariah Price 15, Mostella 2, Odessa Person 12.

Middle Georgia (66) – Gresham 4, Gadson 7, Ashley West 15, Hudson 2, Tynisha Walton 10, Ashleigh Burnett 10, Kameelah Wynn 16

Halftime Score: 37-27, Georgia Northwestern.

Men’s Game

Bobcats, Titans Play Tale Of Two Halves
NJCAA Region XVII Tournament Begins February 22.

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Bud-GNTC-MGTCGeorgia Northwestern, West Georgia Tech In Coin-Toss Sunday

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – After slowing down one of the region’s highest-scoring offenses for a half of action Saturday, Georgia Northwestern would take a 21-16 lead into the intermission with the region’s top team in Middle Georgia Tech at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) Saturday.

However, the Titans would turn things up as they would outscore the Cats on their home court 48-24 in the second half in route to a 64-45 win over Georgia Northwestern in the NJCAA Region XVII regular season finale. The win gives Middle Georgia Tech (17-12, 6-2) the outright NJCAA Region XVII regular season title.

Titan Forward Dwayne Bryant led all scoring with 15 points in the road win. Georgia Northwestern (8-18, 0-8) was led by NJCAA All-Region and All-District standout Alex Miller (Calhoun, Georgia) with 13 points, seven rebounds, and a steal. Fellow Cat sophomore Bud Todd (Trion, Georgia) added six points, five rebounds, and four blocked shots in the effort.

After slowing things down in the first-half, the Bobcats felt like they had things in hand. They held the top team in the region to 16 points in the opening stanza. That’s an impressive feat give it was just four weeks ago that the Titans dropped 107 points on the Cats in Warner-Robbins, Georgia.

When play began in the second half, that’s when Middle Georgia Tech Men’s Head Basketball Coach Bobby Brown turned on the full-court press. The final twenty minutes belonged to the Titans as they scored 48 points in the final 20 minutes of play, thanks in part to 21 turnovers caused by the Titan defense.

The Bobcats will next hit the hardwood on Friday night at Middle Georgia Tech, site of the 2013 NJCAA Region XVII post-season tournament. The winner of the tournament will earn an automatic bid into this year’s NJCAA National Basketball Tournament. The Cats will face off with West Georgia Tech (14-15, 4-4) in the opening game of the tournament.

The 2013 NJCAA National Tournament begins one week following the regional event. Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern (45) – Cotton 2, Jackson 3, Ivester 3, Todd 6, Alex Miller 13, Robinson, Reynolds 9, Olsen 2, Johnson 4, Dempsey 3.

Middle Georgia (64) – Smith 8, Anthony 4, Etheridge 4, Johnathan Morine 12, Simmons 7, Rozier 6, Walker, Yancy 6, Dwayne Bryant 15.

Halftime Score: 21-16, Georgia Northwewstern.

Cats Claw Back, Drop Welch At The R.A.C.

“Welch College (TN) junior Kendred Sides gets a rude welcoming in the paint as sophomore NJCAA All-Region and All-District First-Teamer Alex Miller (Calhoun, GA) flies high to reject the shot attempt Tuesday night at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex)”
“Welch College (TN) junior Kendred Sides gets a rude welcoming in the paint as sophomore NJCAA All-Region and All-District First-Teamer Alex Miller (Calhoun, GA) flies high to reject the shot attempt Tuesday night at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex)”

Georgia Northwestern’s Reynolds Catches Fire, Miller Rejects Buzzer-Beater

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – Down by as many as 13 in the first half, the Bobcats would follow the scorching hot shooting of freshman Tavish Reynolds (Calhoun, GA) to a 67-64 win at The R.A.C. Tuesday over visiting Welch College (TN).

Reynolds would clean the home nets for seven three-pointers in contributing to his team-high 23 points. Bobcat sophomore NJCAA All-Region and All-District First-Teamer Alex Miller (Calhoun, GA), Bud Todd (Trion, GA), and Richard Olsen (Calhoun, GA) all added 11 points each. Junior Flames forward Kendrid Sides (Pensacola, FL) would lead all scorers with 27 points in the road loss.

After falling behind 24-11 with eleven minutes to go in the first half, Georgia Northwestern would turn up the heat on defense going on a 23-12 run to give the Cats a 36-34 lead at the intermission. The Cats would outrebound Welch 41-32 in the home win for Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson and his young squad.
Nineteen of the 41 boards for the Cats came off of the offensive glass.

With ten seconds remaining, NCCAA program Welch would bring the ball down the court looking for a chance at a three-pointer and a tie at the R.A.C. A shot from long-range on the left wing by Flames junior gunner Jake Manning, 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point line, would get rejected by Miller with four seconds to go. A second rushed attempt would go up and fall well short of drawing rim as the Cats would run away with the rebound and the win.

Freshman Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) helped on the defensive end of things as he would pull down 10 rebounds and make three steals in pressure situations against the Flames (6-13). The Cats also now boast a winning record at The R.A.C. with a 6-5 mark at home. The Tuesday night win snaps a three-game slide by Georgia Northwestern. “Our starters and our bench gave a full effort,” said Stephenson.

There’s one interesting stat that has Georgia Northwestern (8-17, 0-7) standing up and cheering this week. As part of a promotion, the Bobcats have hosted area cheer squads at their home games. As a result, they are now undefeated at The R.A.C. when area schools send their spirit leaders. Rossville Middle School sent their squad on January 25 and the Bobcats topped four-year college Macon State on January 25. Tuesday night, it was the LaFayette Middle School cheerleaders who took to The R.A.C. hardwood and showed their support.

Stephenson has now won 490 games in his 25-year coaching career. “We really wanted to give him his 500th this year,” said freshman reserve Andrew Johnson. “However, we’ve been doing a lot of growing this season and it might not happen. We did the math, though. If we win out, the regionals, district, and nationals, he would get his 500th win with the national title game.”

Georgia Northwestern closes out the regular season in NJCAA Region XVII Saturday at The R.A.C. as the Cats and Lady Cats host Middle Georgia Tech. The next week, the NJCAA Region XVII post-season tournament will be held at Middle Georgia Tech in Warner-Robbins, Georgia February 22-24 as two teams will earn bids to the NJCAA National Tournament.

A team that is no stranger to the national stage is the Lady Cats. They earned a bid last season losing in the first round to Montgomery College-Rockville (MD). The defending region champion will open things up at 2 p.m. as they play for a share of the regular season region title. A win by the Lady Cats will make Georgia Northwestern co-champions with West Georgia Tech.

If the Lady Cats win Saturday afternoon, a coin toss would be held before the regional tournament the following week to determine whether Georgia Northwestern or West Georgia Tech would win the top seed in the event.

The Bobcats and Lady Cats are members of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information on Bobcat Athletics, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern (67) – Cotton 8, Ivester 3, Bud Todd 11, Alex Miller 11, Tavish Reynolds 23, Richard Olsen 11, Johnson, Dempsey.

Welch College (64) – Chol 9, Jake Manning 27, Smith, Simon, Kendrid Sides 19, Stox, King 7, Fuqua 2.

Halftime Score: 36-34, Georgia Northwestern.

Bobcats, Eagles Battle At The R.A.C.

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Georgia Northwestern’s Miller Sets College’s All-Time Scoring Record

(The R.A.C., Rossville, GA) – With the lead changing back-and-forth multiple times in the final ten minutes of Saturday’s NJCAA Region XVII game with Emory-Oxford College, the Bobcats could not get a basket to fall in the waning moments as the visiting Eagles would top Georgia Northwestern, 64-58.

Emory-Oxford’s Kevin Tolbert would lead all scorers in the home matinee with 19 points. Freshman Bobcat Quinton Cotton (Rome, GA) would lead all Georgia Northwestern scorers with 14 points in the home loss. Making another impressive showing for the Cats was freshman Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) with 13 points, four steals, three blocks, and three assists.

The Eagles (16-6, 3-2) would come out of the gate on fire opening the day with a 13-0 run in the first six minutes of play. The Cats would manage to cut the deficit to nine at the intermission, 32-23. Two separate rallies in the second half by Georgia Northwestern would see the contest knotted up at 41-all at the 10-minute mark and then again at 53-all with just five minutes to play.

Defensive efforts by the Cats kept things close late in the game. Leading the way with eye-popping effort was sophomore co-captain Bud Todd (Trion, GA) with seven blocks on the day. The Bobcats would reject 15 Eagle shot attempts in the region loss. “We know how to play catch-up pretty well,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “But, we need to come out of the gate strong and not play from behind anymore.”

A bit of history went down on the Bobcat hardwood with nine minutes to go in the game as NJCAA All-Region and All-District first-teamer Alex Miller (Calhoun, Georgia) would drop a shot from the field giving him six total points Saturday. More importantly, although it was one of the lowest outputs of his career, Miller’s shot at the nine-minute mark would put him atop Georgia Northwestern’s all-time scoring record.

Miller now stands at 646 points for his two-years with the NJCAA Region XVII program. His mark topples the former record holder Kyle Wilson. Wilson (2009-11), an Armuchee, Georgia product, managed to basket 644 points in his two-years with the program before moving on to Berry College and the Viking hardwood in Rome, Georgia. Miller and the Bobcats still have five more regular season games to play, as well as the NJCAA Region XVII post-season tournament in Warner-Robbins, Georgia February 22-24.

Georgia Northwestern (7-15, 0-6) next plays in Macon, Georgia Tuesday night against Macon State. The game all eyes are on now is next Friday in LaGrange, Georgia as the Cats and Lady Cats travel to battle rival West Georgia Tech in a region turf battle just two weeks before the post-season tournament.

The Bobcats are a member of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information on Bobcat Athletics, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern (58) – Quinton Cotton 14, Hunter Ivester 13, Todd 5, Miller 6, Reyonlds 7, Olsen 6, Johnson 4, Dempsey 3.

Emory-Oxford (64) – Freeman 2, Gilmore 2, Lee 6, Pat Burns 17, Kevin Tolbert 19, Kim 5, Zach Carlson 13.

Halftime Score: 32-23, Emory-Oxford

Lady Cats Find Redemption, Drop Division I Southern Union

(Winthrop-King Center, Rome, Georgia) – In a rematch of a 2011 road loss to Auburn University feeder school, Southern Union, the new look Lady Bobcats launched an attack from long-range Friday afternoon to find redemption against the Lady Bison at the buzzer, 71-70.

Freshman Georgia Northwestern sharpshooter Sierra Smith (Armuchee) found her rhythm from beyond the arc once again. Going six-of-13 from three-point range, Smith’s biggest two shots found their mark in the final ten seconds of the game.

The first bomb hit with only nine seconds to go with Smith connecting and picking up the “and-one.” A miss on the free-throw turned into an offensive possession for the Lady Cats. Then, a Mariah Price (Chattooga) screen from outside, one which would have made the NFL’s Brian Urlacher proud, helped carve out the game-winning three-point shot from Smith on the right wing.

Three-of-five shooting from outside by Smith in the first-half kept the game close going into the intermission. The Lady Bison took a four-point lead into break, 35-31. Smith led the way with 11 going into hafltime.

“If we get it to you, you have to put up the shot,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams to Lady Cats shooting guards Smith and sophomore Emily Cole in the locker room at the half.

It turns out they listened.

Georgia Northwestern’s win over the Lady Bison is the college’s first-ever win over a Division I program in the NJCAA.

The Lady Cats (6-5) close things out before the Christmas break with a charity match against Mid-South College at the Rossville Athletic Complex (The R.A.C.) in Rossville, Georgia. On December 11, both the men and women varsity teams from Georgia Northwestern will take part in the college’s Toy Drive games. Get a free admission with every new toy donated to the drive at the gate. All donations will go to North Georgia’s Stocking Full of Love Toy Drive held every year at the holidays.

Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA’s Region XVII and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. The Lady Cats are the NJCAA’s Region XVII defending champions.

Georgia Northwestern (71) – Parks 7, Jones 5, Daughtry 2, Cole, Alyssa Nichelson 13, Flaherty, Sierra Smith 20, Mariah Price 12, Mostella 5, Person 67

Southern Union (70) – Stewart, Eisha Person 24, Sulia Gilley 10, Hornsby 3, Lorita George 13, Lovvrom 4, Jackita George 12, Green 4

Halftime Score: 35-31, Southern Union.

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