A physical game from the tip had players racing at a feverish pace for the entire 40 minutes as Lady Cat Keesha Wise (Rome) led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds in Georgia Northwestern’s 78-58 win Saturday. “Keesha is our quarterback and she takes great care of the ball,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams.
Topping the list of memorable battles on the Music City hardwood was a fight for a loose ball in the offensive court when freshman guard Alana Jones (Rockmart) caught an elbow in the forehead taking her out of the game. “She has a small knot on her temple, but appears to be o.k.,” said Williams. She would not return.
Also seeing limited court time due to injury was freshman Alyssa Nichelson (Creekview). Lower back spasms kept the first-year Lady Cat on the sideline for most of the Saturday game. Both Nichelson and Jones are listed as probable for play next Tuesday when Georgia Northwestern hosts Cleveland State (TN) at the Winthrop-King Center in Rome, Georgia.
Mariah Price (Chattooga) would rack up 11 points and four steals in the road win. Odessa Person (Lineville, AL) would clean the glass for 14 rebounds on the day. Point guard Kiarra Parks (Pepperell) would add seven points and six assists.
Two side stories which stood out for Georgia Northwestern (2-2) came from freshmen Lady Cats Brittney Daughtry (Georgia School For The Deaf) and Meghan Flaherty (Creekview).
Brittney scored eight points from her reserve position for the NJCAA Region XVII defending champs. “This was Brittney’s best game of her college career to date,” said Williams of the GSD alum. “Things really became fluid for her. She played well on both ends of the court.”
The other story that had the gymnasium on their feet was the appearance of Megan Flaherty put into the line-up late in the game. The Creekview High School grad came into the season as the team’s manager. However, after practices got underway for Georgia Northwestern, she decided to ask about grabbing a final spot on the roster.
“She got her first playing time yesterday,” said Williams. “But we wanted her to get a shot at a score.” Well, that moment came late in the second half in the game with Wilson Warren College Saturday.
With the game well in hand, Flaherty would get the call. An offensive rebound by the freshman left her underneath the goal with a chance to score. She’d miss the mark. But moments later, Williams sent her to the foul line to shoot two free throws from a technical foul. The first one would drop. “We just went crazy,” said Williams. “You just want to cheer for Meghan. She’s so teachable and just an overall good kid.”
The Lady Cats hosts JUCO power Cleveland State (TN) for a non-region match-up Tuesday night. One final game before breaking at Thanksgiving takes places Thursday against visiting Oakwood University (AL).
For more information on Lady Cats Basketball at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Georgia Northwestern has five campuses across Northwest Georgia directly serving nine different counties in the Peach State.