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Cats Close Out 2012, Claw Crusaders At R.A.C.

Georgia Northwestern’s Region Run Begins January 5

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern’s All-Region and All-District First-Teamer Alex Miller (Gordon Central) dropped 26 points on Tennessee Temple Friday night to help the Bobcats claw the Crusaders at The R.A.C., 85-81.

“Everybody hustled tonight and really finished strong,” said Miller. “This is the first game it felt like we got a lead and truly finished it out.” Miller, a sophomore from Calhoun, Georgia, went 10-of-19 from the field and six-of-six from the free throw line in the non-region win against the four-year college from Tennessee.

The Cats shot 80-percent from the free-throw line, a number the Cats have not come close to from the charity stripe all season long. “We put up a ton of free-throws and shots from the field in practice yesterday,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson.

The Bobcat coaching staff has been using the non-region games in November and December to find what combinations work best on the court before NJCAA Region XVII play begins January 5.

Georgia Northwestern guard Hunter Ivester played an instrumental role tonight scoring 18 points, pulling down eight boards, and stealing the ball five times. His key moment coming in the final minute of play when on the back end of two free throws he was awarded missed its mark and he sprawled out across the paint to fight for a loose ball and help the Cats stay on top.

“Our team played great tonight and really showed a solid effort down the stretch,” said Stephenson. “I think we have a very strong top seven or eight on the roster that will cause a lot of chaos come January. With (Fernando) Lemus and (Justin) Dempsey coming back in January, we’ll have a solid top nine or ten that will really have a shot at doing some good work in our region.”

Fernando Lemus, Jr. (Model) is returning after a season-ending knee injury early last year in his freshman year. He returns after rehab with two full years of eligibility remaining. Justin Dempsey is a sophomore Bobcat returning to the active roster for region play beginning with Southern Crescent Tech on January 5.

Tennessee Temple standout Karlos Rich’ard led the Crusaders with 19 on the night. After shooting 60-percent from the field in the first half to help take a 40-38 lead going into the half, the Crusaders saw the Cats offense take off in the second half.

“We put up nearly 50 points in the second half and finished with 85 on the scoreboard. We’ll win a lot of games if we can keep that pace up,” said Stephenson. ” In spite of Tennessee Temple shooting lights out from the three-point line going 11-of-21 from long range, the Cats managed to stepm the tide by outrebounding the Crusaders by 10 boards.

Georgia Northwestern (5-8) saw its free-throw shooting really shine in the clutch as freshman Quinton Cotton (Model) stroked a key pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to ice the game away for the Cats. “I told these guys tonight that they need to start shooting like men,” said Stephenson.

Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (85) – Quinton Cotton 13, Jackson, Hunter Ivester 18, Todd 4, Alex Miller 26, Bostic 6, Robinson, Reynolds 8, Richard Olsen 10, Johnson.

Mid-South Greyhounds (81) – O’Neal, Cox, Reddick 2, Jovanovic 8, Slade 2, Defender 6, Freeman 7, Karlos Rich’ard 19, Douglas Slade 12, Baugh 3, Antwan Ruise 12.

Halftime Score: 40-38, Tennessee Temple.

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Cutline: “Freshman Bobcat Hunter Ivester drives for two after one of his five steals against Tennessee Temple on the night.”

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Cutline2: “Freshman Bobcat Quinton Cotton slices through the paint for two of his 13 points in the Friday night win over the Crusaders.”

Georgia Northwestern Rallies From 17 Down, Wins State Title

Lady Cats Capture Inaugural TCSGAA Women’s Championship

TCSGAA 2010-11 State Champs

(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – With West Georgia Tech apparently running away with the inaugural TCSGAA Women’s Basketball title game held at Tennessee Temple University Saturday, Georgia Northwestern didn’t score their first point until Cedartown’s Kayci McGee hit a free throw to make it 11-1 with 12:55 left in the first half. After the break, the Lady Cats faced a 17-point deficit well into the second half.

“We were just hanging our heads,” said Lady Bobcat Assistant Head Coach Robbie Nash. “It was like we were getting run out of the gym.” That’s when the streak hit. Freshman Lady Cat Kayci McGee lit up the nets for a pair of threes to spark a 15-0 run in the final ten minutes to help Georgia Northwestern (2-0) topple the Lady Golden Knights, 72-65.

“We couldn’t even have a real celebration on the court. We were just plain exhausted,” said Lady Cats Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams on capturing the conference crown. “It came down to who had fresh legs at the end. We were very fortunate to win. These were two very competitive teams today.”

Lady Cat freshman Mia Morrow (Rome) led the way with a double-double by way of 17 points and 11 assists. Fellow freshman Jessica Williams (Pepperell) added a double-double of her own with 16 points and 10 boards.

The story of the game came at the free-throw line. In the season-opener last November, the Lady Cats fell by one at home to the very same West Georgia Tech team, 63-62. They shot a dismal 17-of-42 from the charity stripe that day. In the first-ever TCSGAA Women’s Title Game Saturday, they were 13-of-14 from the line.

Now, West Georgia Tech (1-1) fell by seven in the conference championship. The Lady Golden Knight performance from the foul line Saturday: 8-of-15. That’s seven points. Freshman Lady Cat Mia Morrow hit clutch free throws in the final minute. The 5-foot-1 point guard went four-for-four in the final minute to help nail down the tournament title.

Georgia Northwestern’s Shadow Day (Chattooga), Mia Morrow (Rome), and Kayci McGee (Cedartown) were named to the TCSGAA All-Tournament Team. Lady Cats Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams was named co-coach of the year in the TCSGA. West Georgia Tech’s Kenny Edwards also took home the honor.

This is the first season of varsity collegiate women’s basketball for both Georgia Northwestern and West Georgia Tech. “The recruitment process for 2011-12 is underway,” said Williams. “We are talking with some talented prep players. And now, we have a great core of players who could return for the run.”

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GNTC's Jesse Moore slams over Southern Crescent's Ricky Byrd.

In the TCSGAA third-place game Saturday afternoon, Georgia Northwestern’s sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) drained 13 of his 21 points in the game to stop Southern Crescent Tech, 69-64.

Fellow sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) capped off his career at the two-year program with 16 points in the tournament win. Freshman Bobcat Ben Patton drained a quartet of threes popping in 12 points in the winning effort.

“We’ve had talented teams in the past. However, this team has had the best chemistry, teamwork, and flat out character of any bunch I’ve had at the college,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson of his 2010-11 squad. “Kyle (Wilson) and Jesse (Moore) should have a great shot at getting looks from some area four-year programs. Now, they are the only two we lose next year. We will be talking to recruits now who will be adding to a great core next season.”

Moore and Wilson were named to the Men’s All-Tournament Team this weekend in the TCSGAA post-season event hosted by Tennessee Temple University. Moore and Wilson have also previously earned academic honors from the college and the association over their careers at the two-year program.

“Jesse’s (Moore) final two points came on a huge dunk,” said Stephenson. “It was exactly the way I hoped it would happen for him. He and Kyle (Wilson) have worked so hard for this program, on the court and in the classroom.”

The Georgia Northwestern Bobcat Men’s squad also earned the conference’s Sportsmanship Award for the second year in a row. “It’s a testament to the kind of young men we are building,” said Stephenson.  This is Stephenson’s fourth season as the head coach of the Bobcat men’s basketball program. Stephenson also earned conference honors being named Co-Coach of the Year in the TCSGAA. West Georgia Tech’s Niki Olokovich also took home the honor.

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

BOX SCORES

Women’s Box Score
TCSGAA Women’s Title Game
– Shadow Day 13, Mia Morrow 17, Crosby 2, Kelsey Philpot 11, Kayci McGee 13, Jessica Williams 16

Georgia Northwestern  Lady Cats (72)

West Georgia Lady Golden Knights (65) – Porsha Goss 10, Quita Rogers 26, Hannah Penn 11, Roshunda Dobbs 13, Wyatt, Cookerly 5.

Halftime Score – 28-23, West Georgia Tech

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.

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 dfoley@gntc.edu. 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

GNTC’s Women Wrap-Up First Season With Win, Two Seed In Post-Season Tourney

 (Griffin, Georgia) – The three-hour trip to Southern Crescent Tech took a dangerous turn on the tip-off Friday night for Georgia Northwestern. The Lady Cats, fighting for a spot in the TCSGAA post-season tournament, lost their starting forward Kayci McGee (Cedartown) on the tip, rolling her ankle on her Lady Tiger counterpart.
Down to six players, Georgia Northwestern rolled to a twenty-point halftime lead. Then, the Lady Cats carried the momentum in the second half as they would wrap up the regular-season ending win, 69-27. Bench player Kelsie Philpot (Rockmart) filled in without missing a beat leading the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the conference win.
The 2010-11 collegiate basketball season is the first season ever for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats. “We couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve learned and the turn-around they’ve accomplished,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams.
Lady Cat point guard Mia Morrow (Rome) dropped in 15 points and dished off 10 assists to be one of three GNTC’ers to rack up a double-double. Jessica Williams (Pepperell) cleaned the nets out for 10 points and pulled down a monstrous 16 rebounds on the night. “She pulled down everything that came off the rim,” said Williams.
The Lady Cats (5-7, 5-3) have earned a two-seed in the TCSGAA post-season tournament with the win. “This was truly a total team effort,” said Williams. “X-rays Friday night were negative on Kayci (McGee). She’ll see an orthopedic specialist on Monday.” The post-season tournament for the state conference will be held March 4-5 at Tennessee Temple University.
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Illness would take the Bobcats top scorer off the court for Friday night’s game. The flu would keep sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) from suiting up leaving Georgia Northwestern with just six players, as well, in their nightcap against Southern Crescent Tech.

Down four to Southern Crescent at the intermission, then down ten points late in the second half, Georgia Northwestern would have to press to claw their way back into the conference match-up.

An off-target shot in the final seconds would leave Cats’ forward Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) with a chance to force overtime. The freshman post specialist would strike with a buzzer-beating put-back on the missed shot knotting the game up at 70-all at the end of regulation. Bonds would end with 10 points on the night.

Georgia Northwestern (3-14, 0-8) would fall three points short in the tough road conference loss, 83-80. Cats’ Co-Captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) would lead the way with a huge game by way of 21 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. The individual performance everyone was talking about came from freshman Bobcat, Steven Ware (Heritage-Catoosa). A post player who began the season as a reserve specialist managed to pile up 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. The first-year forward also pulled down eight boards in the road effort.

Freshman outside specialist Ben Patton (Dade County) would score 20 points against the Tigers hitting on 3-of-12 three point attempts in the loss. Fellow freshman guard Treas Jackson (Heritage-Catoosa) popped in a dozen points in the effort.

Georgia Northwestern plays its last regular-season home game at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, on Tuesday against Hiwassee College. The Bobcats lost the road side of this two-game set before the Christmas break, 122-105. GNTC wraps up the regular season on February 19 with a road game to Emory-Oxford College. The Eagles used a 16-0 run in the second-half of the first meeting to help drop the Cats, 85-53, just two weeks ago.

For more information on the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern or any student-athlete project at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu.  Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with more than 6,700 students across four campuses and online.
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***Women’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (69) – Day 5, Mia Morrow 15, Ashley Crosby 15, Kelsie Philpot 21, Jessica Williams 10, Watts 3.

Southern Crescent Lady Tigers (27) – Powell 4, French, Rousea 2, Sands 6, Genia Parker 15, Jones.

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***Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (83) – Jesse Moore 21, Treas Jackson 11, Woods 3, Ty Bonds 10, Ben Patton 20, Steven Ware 17.

Southern Crescent Tigers (86) – R. Bird 14, D. Gilbert 16, LeBlanc 2, C. High 20, R. Hardy 14, V. Woods 13, Thomas 5.

Halftime Score: 31-27, Southern Crescent.

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