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The Georgia Northwestern Cats Cast Airs At 10:45 a.m., Wednesday

Good morning, Cats Country! We are quickly approaching mid-terms at Northwest Georgia’s largest college. Time for another CATS CAST at Georgia Northwestern.

Click the link to watch it live at 10:45 a.m. today! Or, catch the live recording anytime afterwards.

THIS IS GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN!

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Cats Claw With Cardinals In State-Line Clash

Georgia Northwestern Celebrating Fifth Year of Athletics January 28.

 

Contact Info: Don Foley/423.838.7319
Office of Sports Information, Georgia Northwestern

For Immediate Release

 

(Rome, GA) – Despite the sophomore leadership from Lady Cats Kayci McGee and Jessica Williams, Georgia Northwestern had a tough time matching-up with Division I JUCO power Gadsden State Tuesday night in Rome.

GNTC’s (2-12, 2-3) McGee dropped in 11 points and pulled down five boards while her frontcourt counterpart Williams cleaned the Winthrop-King Centre nets for 10 points and half-dozen rebounds. However, freshman Gadsden State forward Jasmyne Reeves led all scorers with 16 in route to an 87-43 win over the Lady Cats.

“They were a faster team and I’ll give them credit,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “We have done a lot of changes in how we work the roster since the Christmas Break. We are just a game below .500 in Region XVII. Hopefully, these tough non-region games will keep us sharp for our main competition and put us in a good spot when tournament time comes around.”

Georgia Northwestern captured its conference tournament crown last season in a tournament final held at Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Now, with GNTC’s new affiliation with the NJCAA, the Lady Cats will be battling it out at Emory-Oxford in Oxford, Georgia February 24-25. They’ll play their last region game on the road in Griffin, Georgia against Southern Crescent on February 4. The Lady Cats dropped the Lady Tigers by seven at home on January 10, 52-45.

The Lady Cats starting three at the guard slot were held to a combined 22 points Tuesday night. Kenisha Watkins led the way from the backcourt with nine for Georgia Northwestern. Former Model High School standout Alex Patton made her hometown debut of sorts with the road game to Floyd County. Patton scored five in the win for visiting Gadsden State (8-5, 1-1).

“We’ve had a rough road with these huge schools,” said Williams. “But it’s going to make us a tough out come tournament time.” The Lady Cats were selected as the pre-season number one by NJCAA Region XVII coaches last fall.

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On January 28 at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) in Rossville, Georgia, the Bobcat athletic department will be celebrating a milestone. This season marks the fifth season of collegiate varsity athletic competition for the region’s largest college.

In honoring this, Georgia Northwestern has invited back the student-athletes who were on the very first men’s basketball roster. During the half of the Bobcats Region XVII match-up with Macon State, the former players will be recognized for the undefeated season they recorded in their pilot season.

“During that year, there were more than 1,700 colleges on all levels of play competing in men’s basketball,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Office of Sports Information representative, Don Foley. “We were one of only three teams who managed to string together a perfect season.” Members of that team were Manny Davis (Ridgeland), Casey Day (Trion), Matt Hill (Trion), Brandon Harris (LaFayette), Anthony Lumpkin (Ringgold), Tim McKeever (Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe), Dustin Rosser (Trion), Nate Smith (LaFayette), and Bud Todd (Trion).

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 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.

Women’s Box Score

Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (43) – Daughtry 4, Cole 5, McGee, Mia Morrow 10, Kenisha Watkins 14, Philpot 8, Williams 5.

Gadsden State Lady Cardinals (87) – Gann 6, Simmons 9, Katy Miller 11, Huckabee 7, McKinney 5, Jasmine Looney 10,  Thomas 4, Sheyenne Turner 11, Cain 3, Jasmyne Reeves 16, Patton 5.

Halftime Score:  51-18, Gadsden State

Cats Country Prize Pack For You!

It’s time for another Cats Country Prize Pack Contest!!!

On January 28th at The R.A.C. in Rossville, Georgia, the men’s basketball program will celebrating the five-year anniversary of the first men’s team at the college and their undefeated season. They’ll honor members of this team at the half with a special ceremony.

For a chance at a great Cats Country Prize Pack, here is your question…

The first basket ever made by a Georgia Northwestern basketball player was…
A.) Jazz Gregoire
B.) Anthony Lumpkin
C.) Matt Hill
D.) Jewey Monford

Just one answer per GNTC’er, please. Submit your answer on the GNTC Facebook page asap!

Good luck and GO CATS!

Bobcats Go Down To The Wire With Region Rivals

(Carrollton, GA) – Down by four with ninety seconds to go, the Bobcats found themselves in the thick of a NJCAA Region XVII dogfight with rival West Georgia Tech Saturday night in Carrollton, Georgia.

However, late turnovers by the road warriors and above-average shooting from the region’s leading scorer in Demontray McCormack led to a tough road loss to the Golden Knights, 82-70.

“We have to do a better job of having mental discipline on the court,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “One thing is for sure, though. The other coaches in this region know we are no easy out.”

McCormack, a 6-5 sophomore from Biloxi, Mississippi, led all scorers with 26 in the win over the Cats. Going into the intermission, Georgia Northwestern (6-8, 0-3) trailed by a bucket, 41-39. “We held the lead early the second half,” said Stephenson. “We just couldn’t close this thing out.” West Georgia Tech improves to 6-10 overall and 2-0 in the region.

Making headlines on the Bobcat roster was 32-year-old freshman Andre Towns. The 6-5 forward from Dalton, Georgia saw his playing time increase as he cleaned the glass for 11 boards, rejected a pair of Golden Knight shots, and dropped through eight points. “We tried a lot of rotations on the court in the first half,” said Stephenson. “Andre is one of the reserves who earned his way into a bigger role.”

Bobcat sniper Ben Patton (Dade) led all Georgia Northwestern scorers with 19.
Four-of-nine shooting from behind the arc helped him make his mark on the road. Sophomore captain Matt Woods dropped in a dozen and in perfect fashion. Not
counting a three-point attempt which missed its mark, Woods was a perfect six-of-six from the field.

Georgia Northwestern came back from double-digit deficits twice, once in the first half and again in the last twenty minutes of play. Adding a new angle to the Bobcat attack was the activation of previously red-shirted freshman Brandon Pratt (East Hamilton). “This was his first game in uniform and he’s going to be a good fit,” said Stephenson.

The Bobcats play a pivotal game Tuesday night in Rome at the Winthrop-King Centre on the campus of Shorter University. They’ll take on Southern Crescent Tech in another important Region XVII match-up. “With just seven weeks to the region tournament, every game is huge,” said Stephenson. This game, as well as a Lady Cats match-up as the nightcap that night, is part of the Second Annual Breast Cancer Awareness event.

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In the opener Saturday night, Lady Golden Knight Cherish Evans would lead all scorers as the host would play spoiler dropping the Lady Cats 61-46 in Carrollton, Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern guard Kenisha Watkins would suit up for the first time in the road loss leading all Lady Cat scorers with 14 on the night. The 5-foot-2 Lilburn, Georgia native was activated at that break to join the program as they head through region play.

West Georgia Tech (7-9, 2-0) would hold only a five-point lead going into the break. However, the breaks would go the way of the Lady Golden Knights in the second stanza as they would pull away to pick up the Region XVII win.

Georgia Northwestern (1-9, 1-2) will take on Southern Crescent Tech on Tuesday night at home. 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 dfoley@gntc.edu.

Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (70) – Pratt 3, Towns 8, Matt Woods 12, Hill, Jr. 6, Dempsey, Ben Patton 19, Alex Miller 11, Bud Todd 11.

West Georgia Tech Golden Knights (82) – Demontray McCormack 26, Blair Austin 13, Randalezzo Chaney 14, Demario McMath 12, Jarquavious Ware 10, Moore 7.

Halftime: 41-39, WGTC

Women’s Box Score

Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (46) – Daughtry 4, Cole 5, McGee, Mia Morrow 10, Kenisha Watkins 14, Philpot 8, Williams 5.

West Georgia Tech Lady Golden Knights (61) – Dickerson 2, Keshimi 18, Cherish Evans 22, Ebonie Harris 15, Grant 4.

Halftime Score: 22-17, WGTC

Bobcats Fall To TN Temple At Buzzer

A picture from Friday night versus Bryan College, GNTC's Alex Miller (Gordon Central) scored a season-high 26 points from his post position against Tennessee Temple.
Georgia Northwestern Returns To Action January 7

(Lookout Mountain, Georgia) – A put-back in the paint with one second left gave Tennessee Temple a one-point win over Georgia Northwestern Saturday afternoon at the Covenant College Tournament, 75-74.

Crusader forward Douglas Slade grabbed his 17th and most important rebound with just two ticks on the clock to put up the final shot of the game. Slade ended the day with 13 points. A last-second shot from three-quarters court by freshman Bobcat Alex Miller fell short in the non-region game for Georgia Northwestern.

Miller (Gordon Central) scored a season-high 26 points from his post position. The first-year Bobcat also cleaned the glass for 13 boards. Randy Boyd (Chattanooga Hixson) and Ben Patton (Dade) added a baker’s dozen each in the score column.

“We had a lot of easy shot just not fall,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “We were cold from outside and we just didn’t have the shots today.” The Bobcats shot 63-percent from the free-throw line. From beyond the arc, a below par 25-percent draining only four of 16 shots from three-land.

Georgia Northwestern (6-7, 0-2) will resume NJCAA Region XVII play on January 7 in Carrollton, Georgia against region rival, West Georgia Tech. For more information on Bobcat Athletics, call the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern (74) – Randy Boyd 13, Woods 6, Ben Patton 13, Alex Miller 26, Bud Todd 12, Towns 2, Hill, Jr. 2, Dempsey, Chitwood.

Tennessee Temple (75) – Hope 9, Douglas Slade 13, Rocer Golden-White 10, Antwaun Ruise 14, Freeman 8, Cox 7, Mitar, Richards 9, Corbin 5.

Halftime Score: 41-40, Georgia Northwestern

Bobcats Tame Lions In Covenant Tourney

Georgia Northwestern To Face TN Temple Saturday

(Lookout Mountain, Georgia) – After leading by as many as 10 Friday night, Georgia Northwestern saw their lead slip away in the second half over Bryan College. Fortunately, team play would kick into gear for the Bobcats late in the game to tame the Lions, 76-71.

This opening game of the Covenant College Tournament would see the lead change seven times. The Bobcats would hold a narrow three-point lead going into the break. The Lions would quickly attempt to quiet the Cats with an alley-oop to open the second half.

Momentum would shift back and forth through the final twenty minutes. Bryan College would manage to grow their lead to as many as five with five minutes to go in the game.

That’s when sophomore shooting guard Ben Patton (Dade) decided to save his best for last as he opened fire on the tournament host Covenant College rims in the final 90 seconds draining a clutch three, as well as hitting a pair of free throws, to help grab the win. Patton scored 13 on the night.

Freshman Bobcat Randy Boyd (Chattanooga-Hixson) led all scorers with 19 points and cleaned the glass for 11 rebounds. Sophomore Bud Todd (Trion) blocked a trio of Lion shot attempts, clawed his way to 10 boards, and dropped in 13 points. Alex Miller (Gordon Central) scored 14.

Sophomore captain Matt Woods would lead the way from the point with eight assists, four steals, and nine rebounds (four offensive).

The Cats (6-6, 0-2) take on Tennessee Temple Saturday at 4 p.m. to close out the two-day event. 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 dfoley@gntc.edu

Georgia Northwestern (76) – Randy Boyd 19, Woods 4, Ben Patton 13, Alex Miller 14, Bud Todd 13, Towns 2, Hill 4, Dempsey, Chitwood.

Bryan College (71) – Hilton 7, Howell 7, Calvin Smith 19, Blosser 6, Wilcox 7, Griffin, Derek Hankins 11, Rivers 4, Chris Logan 10.

Halftime Score: 36-33, Georgia Northwestern

Lady Cats Continue Powerful Non-Conference Schedule

GNTC Hits Road, Gets Physical With Southern Union

(Wadley, Alabama) – Rome native Joy Hoskins had a breakout game as the Lady Cats continued their brutal non-conference schedule as they played Road Cats and battled the Thundering Herd from Southern Union (AL) Monday night.

Hoskins, a 5-foot-9 freshman for Georgia Northwestern, dropped in 11 points, cleaned the boards for 12 rebounds, swiped four balls, and rejected a Lady Bison shot. Although the Lady Cats appear to be inching closer towards knocking off the larger programs, they’d come up short in Wadley, Alabama losing, 73-56.

Austell, Georgia native Brittany Nash led the Auburn-feeder school with 17 points in the early week contest. The Lady Cats were down 14 at the break. However, lots of hustle on both ends of the court kept Georgia Northwestern close.

Lady Cat co-captain sophomore Mia Morrow had a big night on the road leading the way with 14 points and a trio of steals on the night. Fellow sophomore Jessica Williams would pull down 11 rebounds in the effort. Freshman guard Jasmine Heath dropped in nine points and collected nine boards.

Georgia Northwestern shot 20-of-28 (71%) from the free-throw line in the loss. “We are improving in a lot of key areas,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “We are inching ever close to knocking off one of these bigger programs. It’s really prepping us for our region play.”

The Lady Cats and Bobcats open up NJCAA Region XVII play on December 10 at The R.A.C. in Rossville, Georgia. December 10 will be the Cats Country Toy Drive Game. Get into the games December 10 with a donation of one packaged toy.

This Saturday, December 3, the Bobcats take part in the 2nd Annual Bobcat Blowout at The R.A.C. Georgia Northwestern (3-4) take on Johnson University in the main event that day.

However, at 2 p.m., the event kicks-off with Mountain View Christian Academy (AL) taking on Cleveland Christian School (TN). The night cap is Tennessee Christian Prep versus Collegedale CAYA (TN). All four teams are active members of the Southern Christian Athletic Association. The SCAA has eight member schools across Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

On December 15, the Lady Cats host West Georgia Tech in region play. The game held at the Winthrop-King Centre in Rome will be a special tribute game to the Georgia School for the Deaf. Lady Cat Brittney Daughtry is a graduate of the Cave Spring, Georgia school. Students from the GSD will be on hand for the special event.

For more information on the Bobcats and Lady Cats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern (56) – Heath 9, Cole 5, Joy Hoskins 11, Mia Morrow 14, Boo McPherson 10, Philpot, Williams 4, Daughtry 3, Philpot.

Southern Union (73) – Person 3, Haggermaker 1, Smith 2, Kiandra Guilford 13, Brittany Nash 17, Lovvorn 4, L. George 6, Weaver 4, Toney 3, J. George 9, Scott 7, Green 4.

Halftime Score – 35-21, Southern Union.

Defense Stops Cats Slide, Down Covenant

Boyd, Miller lead charge for Georgia Northwestern

(The R.A.C, Rossville, TN) – A series of full-court presses and a monster block in the final two minutes helped stop Georgia Northwestern’s skid, dropping Covenant College, 62-59, at The R.A.C. Monday night.

After watching what was a 16-point half-time lead for the Cats vanish during the second half, Bobcat Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson turned up the heat on defense.

“We rotated in some fresh legs and pressed after every basket,” said Stephenson. “We’ve been down this road before and needed to close one out. It was a true team effort.” The Scots JV squad would steal the lead away in the second half going up as many as eight in the final twenty minutes.

The turning point came with just over two minutes remaining in the game when reserve freshman Bobcat guard Ray Hill, Jr. would cap off a press-and-steal with a highly-contested floater in the lane to give the Cats (3-4) the lead for good. It would be the Cliffwood, New Jersey freshman’s only two points of the night. Cats Captain sophomore Matt Woods (Dade) would drop a pair of free-throws late to take the lead to 62-59.

With just a handful of seconds on the clock, Covenant would drive for a last-second shot from the paint. However, freshman Bobcat forward Randy Boyd would take to the air for a rejection that stole momentum, and the win, from Covenant.

Boyd (Chattanooga-Hixson) would lead all Bobcat scorers with 18 on the night. Freshman Alex Miller (Gordon Central) would follow up with 14 points. A special note from the reserve play of the Cats as 32-year-old freshman Andre Towns (Dalton) played off the bench in the first half cleaning the glass for eight rebounds in his back-up role.

Covenant sophomore guard Cameron Lewis would lead the Scots with 18 points. Jay Ziegler added 12.

Bobcat starting point guard Fernando Lemus, Jr. (Model) hyper-extended his knee last week on the road versus Crown College (TN). He is expected to return to the court for Georgia Northwestern’s next game on December 3 at home versus Johnson University (TN).

Robby Chitwood (Dade) returned from a broken and dislocated finger on his non-shooting hand. With the finger taped up and braced, the 6-foot-6 freshman forward would play Monday dropping in four points in the effort.

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 dfoley@gntc.edu. The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, is the home court for the 2011-2012 Bobcats.

Georgia Northwestern (62) – Boyd 18, Woods 6, Alex Miller 14, Chitwood 4, Moon 11, Towns, Hill, Jr. 2, Dempsey 2, Patton 6, Todd 2.

Covenant (59) – Leihart 5, Brunjes 5, Jay Ziegler 12, McCord, English, Dovan 4, Hampton 2, Cameron Lewis 18, Webb, Stewart 2, Harrington 9, Holland, Gallacher 2.

Halftime Score: 38-22, Georgia Northwestern.

Four-Year College Escapes Road Cats

Georgia Northwestern Narrowly Misses Crown Upset

(Powell, TN) – After climbing out of an 11-point hole at the break in Powell, Tennessee Thursday night, Georgia Northwestern managed to knot things up with 11 minutes to go at 56-all. However, the four-year program at Crown College would lean on the play of Nate Humphrey and his 26 points to escape the road cats, 88-80.
“We had a lot of hard-fought baskets down low that led to ‘and-one’ situations,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “Problem is we missed nine free throws in the second half. Well, we lost by eight.”

A dazzling half-court bounce pass from Cats captain Matt Woods (Dade) to freshman (Randy Boyd) in the first half were among the plays that helped Georgia Northwestern keep things close on the road. Freshman forward Alex Miller served as a spark plug with 11 points and 13 boards in the effort.

There are two notes to keep in mind as the Bobcats continue their gauntlet of games over the next couple of weeks in preparation for NJCAA Region XVII region play. There were key injuries to freshman point guard Fernando Lemus, Jr. (leg) and Robby Chitwood (finger). Chitwood (Dade) dislocated a finger in the second half during a physical battle for the ball under the boards. Lemus, Jr. (Model) appeared to have a mild leg bruise during a drive to the basket in the final seconds of the game. Both are listed as probable for the Cats next game.

Georgia Northwestern (2-3) will play Saturday at The R.A.C. in Rossville, Georgia in a 1 p.m. tip-off against Caldwell C.C. (N.C.). Monday night, the Bobcats host their Annual Food Drive game benefitting The Care Mission of LaFayette, Georgia. Bring one non-perishable food item and you’ll get free admission to the game versus Covenant College.

December 3, Georgia Northwestern will host their Second Annual Bobcat Blowout. Four high-schools will battle in prep match-ups before and after the Bobcats game with visiting Johnson University (TN). Mountain View Christian plays Cleveland Christian at 2:30 p.m. Tennessee Christian will face-off with Collegedale Academy in the nightcap.

Georgia Northwestern (80) – Boyd 15, Lemus, Jr. 16, Woods 6, Alex Miller 11, Chitwood, Moon 3, Towns, Hill, Jr. 5, Dempsey, Patton 9, Todd 15.

Crown College (88) – Loney 9, Ethan Cook 10, Nate Humphrey 26, J. Cook, Houston Sherrod 12, Collin Hickman 11, Farmer 3, Cruse 8, Grant 2, Brown 2, Scoggins, Owens, Cox.

Halftime Score: 41-30, Crown College