Lady Cats Avenge Season-Opening Heartbreaker; Men Lose

Sunday, January 30, 2011 - by Don Foley
Lady Cat freshman Mia Morrow (Rome) breaks away for the go-ahead points for Georgia Northwestern in the final minutes against West Georgia Tech Saturday in Carrollton, Ga.
Lady Cat freshman Mia Morrow (Rome) breaks away for the go-ahead points for Georgia Northwestern in the final minutes against West Georgia Tech Saturday in Carrollton, Ga.
- photo by Don Foley

After starting their inaugural season 1-5, the Lady Cats of Georgia Northwestern are starting to show their teeth at just the right time. For the third straight game, the Lady Cats saw their fate decided in the final minute. In Carrollton, Ga., Saturday night, Kayci McGee (Cedartown) would lead the way with 20 points in the 78-72 road win over West Georgia Tech.

Trailing for most of the game, the Lady Cats would finally take the lead for good with 1:15 remaining as 5-foot-1 Mia Morrow (Rome) would drive the lane against West Georgia Tech for a bucket from the paint. Lady Golden Knight Meisha Wright led all scorers with 25 points, thanks in large part to five three-pointers on the night.

“After dropping the season opener against this team in November, we wanted to show everybody that we have come a long way,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “We’ve finally found a bit of a rhythm.” In an action-packed game in November, West Georgia escaped with a buzzer-beating 63-62 road win over the Lady Cats. In that game, Georgia Northwestern shot 17-of-42 (40%) from the free throw line. On Saturday, they hit on 12-of-26 (46%) from the same spot.

Since the Christmas break, Georgia Northwestern is 2-1. Overall, the Cats program now stands at 3-6, 3-5 in the TCSGAA conference.

With just four regular season games remaining for Georgia Northwestern, they have a lot to fine tune before their first post-season conference tournament. The event will be held at Tennessee Temple University March 3 through March 5. “Foul shooting, defense, and just getting the best out of this team are all things we are trying to improve as we go through this season,” said Williams.

What may be the toughest challenge of this first year of collegiate action for the Lady Cats takes place Thursday night in Gadsden, Ala. Georgia Northwestern will take the one-hour trip to non-conference opponent Gadsden State to take on the 13-5 Lady Cardinals. Gadsden State topped West Georgia Tech by 19 points on Nov. 15, 71-52.

In the men’s nightcap in Carrollton, 6-foot-7 Byron Williams used his height mismatch to lead all scorers with 24 points in West Georgia Tech’s conference win over Georgia Northwestern, 88-59.

The tallest Bobcat, 6-foot-4 sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore, led the way for Georgia Northwestern with 17 points. The Dade County grad connected on 5-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. Southeast Whitfield alum Ty Bonds dropped in seven points and rejected four shots in the loss.

Fellow co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) got into foul trouble early in the first half limiting his output to 14 points on the night.

The run through February will not be any easier for Georgia Northwestern (3-10, 0-6) as Emory-Oxford College rolls into the Rossville Athletic Complex on Monday night. On Tuesday, they’ll take a trip into the Volunteer State to battle Crown College. Then, it’s a road trip to Warner Robins to face Middle Georgia Tech. The Bobcats lost at home to Middle Georgia two weeks ago by eight, 75-67.

For more information on the Bobcats or Lady Cats athletic programs, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              706-764-3813      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. As Northwest Georgia’s largest college, Georgia Northwestern educates nearly 10,000 students every year.

WOMEN’S BOX SCORE
Georgia Northwestern (78) – Day 3, Mia Morrow 18, Crosby 5 Kelsey Philpot 12, Watts 6, Kayci McGee 20, Jessica Williams 12.
West Georgia Tech (72) – Quita Rogers 16, Meisha Wright 25, Penn 9, Gross 4, Reshunda Dobbs 13, Wyatt 2, Cookerly 4.

Halftime Score – 40-34, West Georgia Tech.

MEN’S BOX SCORE
Georgia Northwestern (59) – Jesse Moore 17, Kyle Wilson 14, Woods 4, Patton 8, Bonds 7, Jackson 6, Ware 5.
West Georgia (88) – McMath 6, Lominy 8, Javoris Broadnax 13, Pittman 4, Justin Black 12, Kris Hunter 15, Byron Williams 24, Holland 4, Beasley 2.

Halftime Score – 45-21, West Georgia Tech.

Bobcat freshman Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) flies over the top of 6-foot-7 Byron Williams of West Georgia Tech for two of his seven points Saturday in Carrollton, Georgia
Bobcat freshman Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) flies over the top of 6-foot-7 Byron Williams of West Georgia Tech for two of his seven points Saturday in Carrollton, Georgia

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