Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 21, 2014

Georgia Highlands ends Lady Jets’ historic 20-game winning streak

AMERICUS — The nationally ranked South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets lost 79–76 in overtime to former Lady Jets head coach Brandon Harrell and the Georgia Highlands Lady Chargers in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) match-up at home Thursday. The loss ended a 20-game win streak for the Lady Jets, the longest in the history of the program. The Lady Jets are now 18–1 in the GCAA and 25–4 overall.

The Lady Jets are still the GCAA regular season champions despite the loss to the second-ranked Georgia Highlands Lady Cougars in overtime.

As the regular season champions, the Lady Jets will host the District 17 National Junior College Athletic Association tournament. The first game will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 25. South Georgia Tech will host the eighth place team which is currently Andrew College. Game time will be announced later. The top four teams will then advance to the semi-final and final round of the tournament which will be held at SGTC on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1.

Georgia Highlands scored first in the match-up between the top two teams in the GCAA and managed to pull ahead by as many as 10 points in the first half, before the Lady Jets closed the gap to seven at the half trailing 37–30. The Lady Jets came back and outscored the Lady Chargers 39–32 in the second half to tie the game at 69–69 at the final buzzer. The Lady Chargers rallied in overtime to take the victory, 79–76.

The Lady Jets had 19 turnovers in the first half and shot 39 percent from the floor.South Georgia Tech came back in the second half and committed only seven turnovers, but still were only shooting 40 percent from the floor in the second half.  They hit only 25 percent of their shots in the overtime period.

Freshman TaQuandra Mike, who got in foul trouble early and fouled out in the final minutes of the game, was the leading scorer for the Lady Jets with 24 points. Sophomore Shameekia “Polly” Murray followed with 17 points, Shaquita Snow added 13 points and Alexia Somerset closed out the double-digit scoring with 11 points.   Nikkei Blackburn had six points and 10 rebounds.

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