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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.

Lady Cats Can Claim Region, NJCAA Bid

Georgia Northwestern – Middle Georgia Showdown Saturday

“Sophomore Lady Cat forwards Kayci McGee and Jessica Williams deny a Snead State (AL) shooter during a regular season game in Rome, Georgia. McGee and Williams lead a Georgia Northwestern front court for a chance at a NJCAA District birth Saturday.”

(Rome, GA) – Win and you’re in.

It’s a big step that the Georgia Northwestern Athletics Program has been waiting to happen for five years. If the Lady Cats make magic happen on the hardwood Saturday, the college will earn its first trip to a national post-season tournament in school history.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Northwestern will face Middle Georgia Tech for the NJCAA Region XVII title. The game will be played at Emory-Oxford College in Oxford, Georgia. The winner moves on to the NJCAA District Round.

The Lady Cats won their conference championship in a title game last year in dramatic fashion. After trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, the Lady Cats would claw their way back and take home the championship, 72-65.

Although it was a conference win in 2011, it was the final game of the campaign for Williams’ squad that season. “We played in the TCSGAA before this year’s schedule,” said Williams referring to the Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association. “There was no next round last year. This 2011-2012 campaign is the first full season we’ve been with the NJCAA. We’re excited”

The Lady Titans from Warner Robins, Georgia fell to the Cats on December 10 at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex), 59-46. Middle Georgia would return the favor January 14 with a 22-point victory over Georgia Northwestern, 62-40.

“It’ll take leadership from our sophomores to have a chance at this thing,” said Williams. “Kayci (McGee), Kelsie (Philpot), Mia (Morrow), and Jessica (Williams) bring a ton of experience into this game Saturday. We’ll be utilizing those strengths.”

The Lady Cats face a tougher task than they did in their regular season match-ups with Middle Georgia. Depending on the health of freshman forward Brittney Daughtry, this roster could field as few as six players. “We’ve done it before and won with that number, too,” said Williams. “Saturday should be a lot of fun.”

Daughtry, a Georgia School for the Deaf alum, hit the reserved list in January with an injured right knee. “Getting her back on the court is a process we are taking slowly and carefully,” said Williams. Freshman guards Emily Cole (Adairsville) and Kenisha Watkins (Berkmar) will help anchor the back court for the Lady Cats going into Saturday.

A win by Georgia Northwestern would send the Lady Cats to a northeastern site for a chance to move on. “The site for the next round is still to be determined by play across the country,” said Williams. “We are worried about one site right now. That’s Williams Gymnasium at Emory-Oxford this Saturday.”

For more information on Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. 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.

Lady Cats Roll In Region Opener, Snap Skid

“Sophomore Bobcat Bud Todd (Trion) drives for the trim in Georgia Northwestern’s region opener versus Middle Georgia Tech Saturday in Rossville, Georgia.”
“Freshman Bobcat Jasmine Heath leaps through the air for a bucket in Georgia Northwestern’s region opener versus Middle Georgia Tech Saturday in Rossville, Georgia.”

West Georgia Tech Visits Thursday

(The R.A.C., Rossville, GA) – Last week’s NJCAA Region XVII Player of the Week Boo McPherson led the way again for the Lady Cats with 14 points in Georgia Northwestern’s region debut. The Cats roll at the R.A.C., 59-46.

The Lady Cats (1-6, 1-0) were all tied up with the Middle Georgia Tech Lady Titans going into the intermission 23-all.

However, Georgia Northwestern would put up 39 in the last stanza to seal the deal. Freshman Jasmine Heath and Sophomore Jessica Williams both popped in 10 each in the win. Williams also led all players with 17 boards on the day.

Georgia Northwestern will host another NJCAA Region XVII rival in the Lady Golden Knights of West Georgia Tech on Thursday evening at the Winthrop-King Centre at Shorter University at 7 p.m. All Georgia Northwestern employees and students get into all student-athlete activities free of charge with i.d.

For more information on Lady Cats Athletics, you may contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at dfoley@gntc.edu or by calling 706-764-3813.

Georgia Northwestern (59) – Jasmine Heath 10, Daughtry 2, Cole 5, Hoskins 9, Morrow 3, Boo McPherson 14, Philpot 6, Jessica Williams 10.

Middle Georgia (46) – Sherrie Peden 16, Brown 5, Dwight 8, Bloodsaw 2, Gander, Jasmin Randall 15.

Halftime Score: 23-23, Tied.

Cats Region Opener A Middle Georgia Dog Fight
Region Play Underway in NJCAA

(The R.A.C., Rossville, GA) – Trailing by as many as 16 points in their region opener, the Bobcats would pull within one shot of the visiting Titans, but would come no further. However, it was the play of Jeffery Gulley and his 19 points that put West Georgia Tech over the people, 68-64.

Bobcat shooting guard Ben Patton (Dade) shot a monstrous six-of-11 three-point-shots in the NJCAA Region XVII season opener. The sophomore gunslinger would lead all scorers with 26 points on the day.

Down seven at the break, Georgia Northwestern (5-6, 0-1) would stay close to the visiting Titans but never hold a second-half lead. Middle Georgia Tech (7-8, 1-0). The most troublesome stat was turnovers. The Bobcats turned over the ball a shocking 28 times in the loss.

Georgia Northwestern shot 75-percent from the free-throw line and 35-percent from behind the arc for three-point attempts. The Bobcats will be in action again Tuesday night at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, to host the West Georgia Tech Golden Knights. Game time is 6 p.m.

Cats Country will close out their 2011 side of the schedule with a two-day tournament at Covenant College which begins Friday night and runs into Saturday. For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern, email to dfoley@gntc.edu or call 706.764.3813.

Georgia Northwestern (64) – Boyd 4, Woods 7, Alex Miller 15, Chitwood , Towns, Hill, Jr., 2, Dempsey 2, Patton 26, Todd 8.

Middle Georgia (68) – Smith 4, Jauarus Mallard 11, Dempster 5, Dess Culpepper 10, Little 7, Jeffery Gulley 19, Danzy 2, Jackson 8, Braynt 2.

Halftime Score: 39-32, Middle Georgia

Bobcats To Battle For Third In State

Georgia Northwestern Falls In Qualifier

 

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(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – Despite cleaning the host site Tennessee Temple’s nets for four three-pointers, 23 points in all, Bobcat sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) couldn’t narrow the gap in the end as Georgia Northwestern (0-1) would fall in the TCSGAA semi-final round against West Georgia Tech, 87-81.

The lead changed hands multiple times in the first half as the Bobcats had one final chance to knot things up before the intermission, however, the final shot wouldn’t fall and Georgia Northwestern went into the half down by three, 40-37.

Gainesville, Georgia product Martavious Pittman led all scorers with 24 point on the night to help West Georgia Tech (1-0) advance to the finals of the post-season tournament Saturday. They’ll play top-seed Middle Georgia Tech (1-0) Saturday at 5 p.m. for the TCSGAA title.

Georgia Northwestern freshman sharp-shooter Ben Patton (Dade County) got hot in the second half narrowing the gap to three as he found lightning, striking four of his five long-distance bombs on the night in the last stanza. Sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) tossed in 17 points in the effort.

The Bobcats will face Southern Crescent Tech (0-1) in the state conference’s third-place game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at McGilvray Gymansium on the Tennessee Temple University campus in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The four-year college is serving as the host site for the state conference tournament out of Georgia for the second consecutive year.

On a related game note, Georgia Northwestern’s Lady Bobcat basketball squad will be playing in the TCSGAA title game against West Georgia Tech at the same site Saturday at 3 p.m. This is the inaugural season of Women’s Basketball in the Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association.

During a break in play in the qualifying round Friday night, TCSGAA Commissioner David Stephenson award TCSGAA founder and board chair, Dr. Skip Sullivan with an award honoring his years of service to the league. Dr. Sullivan and Stephenson both helped develop the league in the state of Georgia nearly five years ago.

For more information on Bobcat and Lady Cat athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the GNTC Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college educating nearly 10,000 students each year.

BOX SCORES

Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (81) – Kyle Wilson 23, Woods 8, Jesse Moore 17, Bonds 7, Ben Patton 19, Ware 2, Jackson 5.

West Georgia Golden Knights (87) – DeMario McMath 17, Lominy 8, Martavious Pittman 24, Black 7, Hunter, Codi Linton 19, Williams 8, Holland 4.

Halftime Score: 40-37, West Georgia Tech.

The TCSGAA Tournament

 

Cats play qualifier vs. West Georgia Tech at 5 p.m.

Lady Cats play in TCSGAA Title Game vs. West Georgia Tech on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Men’s Title Game is Saturday at 7 p.m. Men’s 3rd place game is at 5 p.m.

Lady Cats Avenge Season-Opening Heartbreak

GNTC Claims Conference Road Win

(Carrollton, Georgia) – After starting their inaugural season 1-5, the Lady Cats of Georgia Northwestern are starting to show their teeth at just the right time. For the third straight game, the Lady Cats saw their fate decided in the final minute. In Carrollton, Georgia Saturday night, Kayci McGee (Cedartown) would lead the way with 20 points in the 78-72 road win over West Georgia Tech.

Trailing for most of the game, the Lady Cats would finally take the lead for good with 1:15 remaining as 5-foot-1 Mia Morrow (Rome) would drive the lane against West Georgia Tech for a bucket from the paint. Lady Golden Knight Meisha Wright led all scorers with 25 points, thanks in large part to five three-pointers on the night.

“After dropping the season opener against this team in November, we wanted to show everybody that we have come a long way,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “We’ve finally found a bit of a rhythm.” In an action-packed game in November, West Georgia escaped with a buzzer-beating 63-62 road win over the Lady Cats. In that game, Georgia Northwestern shot 17-of-42 (40%) from the free throw line. On Saturday, they hit on 12-of-26 (46%) from the same spot.

Since the Christmas break, Georgia Northwestern is 2-1. Overall, the Cats program now stands at 3-6, 3-5 in the TCSGAA conference.

With just four regular season games remaining for Georgia Northwestern, they have a lot to fine tune before their first post-season conference tournament. The event will be held at Tennessee Temple University March 3 through March 5. “Foul shooting, defense, and just getting the best out of this team are all things we are trying to improve as we go through this season,” said Williams.

What may be the toughest challenge of this first year of collegiate action for the Lady Cats takes place Thursday night in Gadsden, Alabama. Georgia Northwestern will take the one-hour trip to non-conference opponent Gadsden State to take on the 13-5 Lady Cardinals. Gadsden State topped West Georgia Tech by 19 points on November 15, 71-52.

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In the men’s nightcap in Carrollton, Georgia Saturday, 6-foot-7 Byron Williams used his height mismatch to lead all scorers with 24 points in West Georgia Tech’s conference win over Georgia Northwestern, 88-59.

The tallest Bobcat, 6-foot-4 sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore led the way for Georgia Northwestern with 17 points. The Dade County grad connected on 5-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. Southeast Whitfield alum Ty Bonds dropped in seven points and rejected four shots in the loss. Fellow co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) got into foul trouble early in the first half limiting his output to 14 points on the night.

The run through February will not be any easier for Georgia Northwestern (3-10, 0-6) as Emory-Oxford College rolls into The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, on Monday night. On Tuesday, they’ll take a trip into the Volunteer State to battle Crown College. Then, it’s a road trip to Warner Robins, Georgia to face Middle Georgia Tech. The Bobcats lost at home to Middle Georgia two weeks ago by eight, 75-67.

For more information on the Bobcats or Lady Cats athletic programs, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. As Northwest Georgia’s largest college, Georgia Northwestern educates nearly 10,000 students every year.


WOMEN’S BOX SCORE

Georgia Northwestern (78) – Day 3, Mia Morrow 18, Crosby 5 Kelsey Philpot 12, Watts 6, Kayci McGee 20, Jessica Williams 12.

West Georgia Tech (72) – Quita Rogers 16, Meisha Wright 25, Penn 9, Gross 4, Reshunda Dobbs 13, Wyatt 2, Cookerly 4.

 

Halftime Score – 40-34, West Georgia Tech.

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MEN’S BOX SCORE

Georgia Northwestern (59) – Jesse Moore 17, Kyle Wilson 14, Woods 4, Patton 8, Bonds 7, Jackson 6, Ware 5.

West Georgia (88) – McMath 6, Lominy 8, Javoris Broadnax 13, Pittman 4, Justin Black 12, Kris Hunter 15, Byron Williams 24, Holland 4, Beasley 2.

Halftime Score – 45-21, West Georgia Tech.

Lady Cats Beat Buzzer, 1-0 in 2011

Freshman Lady Cat forward Kayci McGee fakes out one defender and then challenges another in a shot attempt Saturday night. The Cedartown, Georgia native scored five points in the Saturday win.

Lady Cats Beat Buzzer, 1-0 in 2011

Georgia Northwestern Picks Up Second Conference Win

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – In a game which saw Georgia Northwestern jump out to an early 12-1 lead at the Rossville Athletic Complex in Rossville, Georgia, it would come down to the final second for the Lady Cats as they would escape a Middle Georgia Tech comeback to steal their second win of the season, 66-65.

Enjoying a double-digit lead for much of the first half, it appeared that the troubles of 2010 would be left in 2010 for the Lady Cats who went into the Christmas break with a 1-5 mark.

After holding a 43-26 lead at the half, Georgia Northwestern saw Lady Titan Tarchundria Brown drain 10 of her 16 points in the second half to help Middle Georgia surge to a 65-64 lead in the final minute. “Their full-court press gave us some trouble, too,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach, Jim Williams.

Then, after a missed free throw from Lady Cats guard Mia Morrow with just seven seconds remaining, Georgia Northwestern pressure led to the Lady Cats getting the ball one final time in the paint. “This was Mia’s first game after redshirting the first half of the season and she started a little tight,” said Williams of the 5-foot-1 freshman.

With both teams fighting for the win, the ball would end up in the hands of 5-foot-10 forward Jessica Williams. It turns out the biggest basket of the night for the Lindale, Georgia native would be from one foot away as her lay-up with just one second on the clock securing a 66-65 win for Georgia Northwestern.

“Yeah, she (Williams) had a huge shot,” said Williams. “We’ve never had a problem putting shots up. Mia (Morrow) put up an outside shot inside the two-minute mark which I’ll be honest about. I closed my eyes on that one. But she made it.” The Lady Cats (2-5, 2-5) dropped eight three-pointers on the night at the hands of Lindsay Watts, Shadow Day, and Shakenda Stallings. Watts’ led the way with four baskets from behind the arc. The Murray County alum led all scorers with 21 points in the win.

“Hey, we’ve been beaten by two and we’ve been beaten by 52 this year,” said Williams. “But we keep playing our same game and improving on it. Tonight, we learned how to win in the face of adversity.” However, the stat Georgia Northwestern will be focusing on as they head into the second game of 2011 against Toccoa Falls College on January 28: Lady Cats are 1-0 in 2011.

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Bobcats Open 2011 With Tough Loss
Middle Georgia uses depth to pull away.

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) The Georgia Northwestern nightcap saw the Bobcats take a three-point lead into the half over visiting Middle Georgia. However, with things knotted up at 61-all with 3:45 remaining, Middle Georgia closed out the game on a 14-6 run to get the road win, 75-67, over GNTC.

“We are now carrying seven guys on the roster after the break and they played extremely well,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach, David Stephenson. “However, a couple of our big guys got into foul trouble and we took a couple of shots we probably shouldn’t have.” The Bobcats (2-8, 0-6) travel to Morrow, Georgia on Friday night to face Clayton State JV.

Trenton, Georgia’s Matt Woods led all Bobcats with 17 points from the point guard position in the loss. GNTC co-captain Kyle Woods added 14 in the effort Saturday night at The R.A.C. in Rossville, Georgia. Free throw shooting also played a major role in Georgia Northwestern’s fifth consecutive defeat. The Bobcats shot 50-percent from the charity strip (12-of-24) in the eight-point loss.

The January 10 game which was scheduled to pit Georgia Northwestern versus Emory-Oxford College has been rescheduled to January 31 at 7 p.m. at The R.A.C. Last week’s snow storm across the south forced the postponement of the match-up.

For more information on the Lady Cats or Bobcats basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the GNTC Office of Sports Information at (706) 764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

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BOX SCORES
Women

Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (66) – Shadow Day 18, Lindsay Watts 21, McGee 5, Jessica Williams 10, Morrow 6, Philpot, Crosby, Stallings 6, Allmon.

Middle Georgia Lady Titans (65) – Dwight 7, Tarchundria Brown 16, Lockett 3, Candesha Walker 15, Shequesha Goss 12, Jaqueta Jones 12.

Halftime Score: 43-27, Georgia Northwestern

BOX SCORES
Men

Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (67) – Kyle Wilson 14, Jesse Moore 10, Bonds 7, Matt Woods 17, Ben Patton 11, Ware 4, Jackson 4.

Middle Georgia Titans (75) – Feemster 2, Allen Whitehead 20, Little 9, Markese Carter 12, Keyhea 8, Jackson 13, Graves 8, Murphy 3, Bradshaw, Sanders.

Halftime Score: 38-35, Georgia Northwestern

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