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Lady Cats Douse Lady Flames, Bobcats Prep For Anniversary


Lady Cats Douse Lady Flames
GNTC Sophomore Play Paces
JUCO Post-Season Qualifier

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – Leadership reigned at The R.A.C. Thursday night as sophomore Lady Cats Mia Morrow, Kayci McGee, and Jessica Williams opened up their games and found their rhythm at just the right time versus Nashville’s Freewill Baptist.

With their first trip to the NJCAA post-season a little over two weeks away, Georgia Northwestern wrapped up their 2011-12 regular season with a non-region win over the Lady Flames, 75-27.

Morrow (Rome) led the way 23 points, 10 assists and a trio of swipes. Williams (Pepperell) left her mark in the scorebook with 14 points, four steals, and three rejections in the non-region win. Fellow forward McGee (Cedartown) also cleaned the home nets for 14 points and pulled down seven boards.

“Our sophomores stepped up and really showed some muscle and hustle today,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “We have a lot of work to do if want to even have a shot at anything in the post-season. We are just proud to be a part of it.”

Although the Bobcats (4-14, 3-3) had one of the toughest non-region schedules among JUCO programs in the country this season, their region performance earns them a birth into the NJCAA Region XVII Qualifier in Oxford, Georgia on February 25. The region tournament winner will go on to the District Qualifier. The site for that round is still up in the air.

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Bobcats Kick-Off Three-Game Home Stand With Freewill
JUCO Post-Season Qualifiers Fall At Home

Cutline: “Sophomore Bud Todd (Trion) draws stiff defense at home as he hoists up a shot as part of his 11 points Thursday night.”


(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – After exchanging leads more than a dozen times in the first half, the Cats were optimistic going into the break down only three. But thanks in part to the play of Silverdale Baptist alum and Chattanooga-native Chris Davenport, Freewill managed to pull away and steal a road win from Georgia Northwestern, 80-68.

Davenport led the way for the Freewill attack with 23 points under the lights of The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex).

Freshman Cat forward Alex Miller (Gordon Central) led the home squad with 16 points and a dozen rebounds. Setting the tone for most of the first half was sophomore point guard Matt Woods. The two-year starter was impressive in his court presence finding lanes at will as the Cats (7-16, 0-6) stayed in the hunt throughout the first stanza. Woods (Dade) racked up 13 points, dished off five assists, and swiped the ball three times.

Cats sophomore sniper Ben Patton (Dade) came locked and loaded as he opened fire for a quartet of treys in the non-region match-up with the visiting Flames. Patton would end the night with 14 points. Bud Todd (Trion) also dropped in 11 points in the effort.

“We are three weeks from our region tournament and we have a lot to think about as a team between now and then,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. The fifth-year Bobcat coach will be honored at Saturday’s home game versus JUCO region power, Emory-Oxford. At halftime, Stephenson will be honored for his 25 years of coaching basketball to student-athletes across the Tennessee Valley.

Former players, coaches, families, friends, and administrators are invited to come take part in the special game and ceremony to be held at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex. The game tips-off at 2 p.m. with the honor to be present at the intermission.

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


Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (68) – Pratt 3, Towns 2, Matt Woods 13, Hill, Jr. 5, Dempsey 2, Ben Patton 14, Alex Miller16, Bud Todd 11.

Freewill Baptist Flames (80) – Manning 4, Grayson, Kendred Sides 11, Chris Davenport 23, Nelson, Landers 13, Foster, Steven Terrell 23, Stox, Truett 5.

Halftime: 39-36, Freewill Baptist

Women’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (75) – Daughtry, Cole 3, Kayci McGee 14, Mia Morrow 23, Kenisha Watkins 10, Philpot 9, Jessica Williams 14.

Freewill Baptist Lady Flames (27) – Loni Walser 13, Bell, Burns 2, Riggs, Jaclyn Martin 11, Petty 1.

Halftime: 35-15, Georgia Northwestern



Cats’ “Seven” Hit Road For Tourney Tune-Up

GNTC Men Fall On Road at Emory-Oxford University; Lady Cats Face Tough Post-Season.

(Oxford, Georgia) – After shooting a season-high 86-percent from the free throw line in a home win on Tuesday, Georgia Northwestern shot only 37-percent from the charity strip against Emory University in Oxford, Georgia Saturday dropping the last scheduled regular-season game for GNTC, 75-58.

Georgia Northwestern’s “Magnificent Seven”, a nickname for the seven players on the Bobcat roster as they head into the post-season, also struggled from the field Saturday in Oxford, Georgia only converting 38-percent of their shots in the losing effort. Trailing by only six at the intermission, the “Seven” would witness the Eagles’ 6-foot-5 forwards sophomore Caesar Anyogu and freshman Evan Dunwoodie lead the Emory University (10-17) attack with 15 points apiece in route to the win over GNTC.

Bobcat freshman guard Ben Patton (Dade County) led the “Seven” attack with 13 points in the road effort Saturday. A bright spot from the road trip was the continued improvement of freshman forward Steven Ware (Heritage-Catoosa) who racked up a dozen points, draining six of eight shots from the field. Fellow freshman Bobcat Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) dropped in 11 points on the day.

Georgia Northwestern (4-16, 0-8) is just two weeks away from its own conference tournament. Although they’ll enter the post-season event with the smallest roster and lowest seed in the bracket, Bobcat Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson is preparing for anything.

“We’ve went from a full-court basketball team which pressed and drove the ball for the full forty minutes of every game in the first half of the season to a team of seven who has had to learn to slow down the game and be extremely disciplined,” said Stephenson. “Now these remaining seven have really gelled together and become one of the more controlled groups I’ve ever coached. They’ve really become family.”

Georgia Northwestern is currently attempting to reschedule a weather-postponed game with the Clayton State University club squad for next week at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex. Up next for the Bobcats, the TCSGAA Post-Season Tournament at Tennessee Temple University takes place on March 4-5.

As for the Lady Cats, a pair of Georgia Northwestern freshmen is on the injured list with their tournament trip awaiting them, as well. Freshman guard Lindsay Watts (Murray County) is out for the season after suffering a non-basketball related injury. “Lindsay has a really serious injury to one of her legs and may have to immobilize the leg for a while,” said Lady Cats Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Robbie Nash.

Another injury impacted the line-up during the Lady Cats final regular season game on February 11 against Southern Crescent Tech in Griffin, Georgia. GNTC took home a 42-point win, however they lost forward Kayci McGee (Cedartown) on the opening tip. “She came down at the tip and rolled her ankle on the opponents’ foot,” said Nash. “Doctors labeled it a grade three sprain. They put her in a boot for precautionary measures.” Doctors said at the time of the injury that the 5-foot-10 forward would be out until March 4, the first day of the post-season tournament.

“We only had one practice this past week as players rested up,” said Jim Williams, Lady Cats Head Women’s Basketball Coach. “Kacyi (McGee) actually came to the session and walked through the workout. We lost one starter with Lindsay (Watts). We are really hoping we don’t lose a second starter in Kayci. We want the best of health for all of our student-athletes.”

The Lady Cats (5-7, 5-3) will enter the TCSGAA tournament as the two-seed in the event. This is Georgia Northwestern’s pilot year of collegiate women’s basketball participation. Both the Bobcats and Lady Cats are in their first year as members of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

For more information on the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or email to Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with an annual enrollment of nearly 10,000 students across four campuses and online.

Georgia Northwestern (58) – Wilson 8, Woods 2, Moore 9, Ty Bonds 11, Ben Patton 13, Steven Ware 12, Jackson 3.

Emory-Oxford (75) – Caesar Anyogu 15, Evan Dunwoodie 15, Jorge Menocal 12, Stephen Simmons 11, Tien 8, Acevedo 6, Levick 4.

Halftime Score: 32-26, Georgia Northwestern

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