(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – A nine-point lead at the break for the Lady Cats quickly evaporated in the second half at the hands of a Mid-South College full-court press. A 49-point second half earned the Lady Greyounds a 15-point road win at The R.A.C, 72-57.
Lady Cats shooting guard Sierra Smith (Armuchee) led Georgia Northwestern (6-6) with 13 points in the home loss. Mid-South point guard LaQuaris Harris led all Mid-South scoring (3-7) with 18 points on the night.
Georgia Northwestern post player Odessa Person contributed some impressive numbers. The freshman from Lineville, Alabama cleaned the home boards for 18 rebounds and bucketed a dozen points.
Down by nine coming out of the intermission, the Lady Grehounds took their defense 94-feet as the pressure would result in a Mid-South lead at the 15-minute mark, 40-37. It was a lead they would never relinquish.
The Lady Cats would shoot a well-below par 30-percent from the field on the night. An even more troubling number came at the charity stripe. Georgia Northwestern shot a dismal 33-percent from the foul line in the loss.
The Lady Greyhounds would burn up The R.A.C. nets in the second half connecting on 53-percent of their shots.
The Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats are now off for Christmas break and will return to action on January 3 at Gadsden State (AL).
Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (57) – Parks 5, Jones 2, Daughtry 2, Cole 4, Alyssa Nichelson 10, Sierra Smith 13, Price 7, Mostella 2, Odessa Person 12.
Mid-South Lady Greyhounds (72) – Washington 5, Jasmine Greer 13, King 7, Wallace 4, Wilkerson, LaQuaris Harris 18, Terrika Madden 10, Ball, Torry 5, Bennett, Hughes 8.
Halftime Score: 32-23, Georgia Northwestern
In the men’s nightcap, the Bobcats would almost mirror the performance of the Lady Cats taking a five-point lead into the intermission versus the men from Mid-South College, 30-25.
However, the team from West Memphis, Arkansas would win the second half and the game by five, 61-56.
NJCAA All-Region and All-District First-Team member Alex Miller put up impressive numbers with 12 points and 11 boards in the home loss. Freshman Cat Quinton Cotton led the way with 21 points on the night. Mid-South guard Eugene Palmer led the Greyhounds with 15 points.
A pair of flashy half-court passes from freshman Tavish Reynolds to fellow freshman Quinton Cotton, combined with a bank-shot three-pointer from 6-foot-5 post player Bud Todd, highlighted the offensive output of the Cats in the first twenty minutes.
It would be the press of the Greyhounds that stole the show in the second half. Mid-South would grow their lead to 11 in the second half before the aggressive play of the Cats would get the Cats within two at 56-54 in the final two minutes.
A drive through the entire Mid-South defense in transition by freshman Cat Richard Olsen which was capped off with a scoop shot to cut the game to five would only be outdone by his teammate Miller on the next drive. The six-foot-five sophomore would take the ball in amongst the trees and find the basket and the foul for a three-point play.
That’s as close as Georgia Northwestern would get as turnovers by the Cats and success at the free-throw line late in the game for the Greyhounds helped give Mid-South the tough road win.
Georgia Northwestern will close out its pre-Christmas break schedule on Friday night at The R.A.C. when Tennessee Temple comes to visit for a backyard brawl.
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (56) – Quinton Cotton 21, Jackson, Ivester 4, Todd 5, Alex Miller 12, Bostic, Robinson, Reynolds 8, Olsen 6, Johnson.
Mid-South Greyhounds (61) – Lee 8, Reed, Boston, Culbreath 2, Eugene Palmer 15, Ziegler 2, Ollison 2, Arnold, Marquavious Smith 13, Willis 5, Handley 8, Clardy 6, Nowden.
Halftime Score: 30-25, Georgia Northwestern.