The Americus Times-Recorder
The GSW Lady Hurricanes basketball team hoped to break a two game Peach Belt Conference skid with a win over Montevallo on Wednesday night in Americus. In a thrilling contest against the Lady Falcons, a tough overtime period would be the dagger in the Lady ‘Canes hopes as they fell in heart-breaking fashion to their third-straight conference loss.
GSW and Montevallo traded scores throughout the first half, and a late basket by Brianna Walker would bring the Lady ‘Canes within two points at the halftime break. Walker’s field goal would make the halftime score 33-32, and the already entertaining game would only get more interesting in the second half.
Freshman guard Jasmine McSwain got the second half started for the Lady ‘Canes with a layup and a long three-pointer to help GSW pull ahead 37-33. From that point on it was a back-and-fourth affair with both Montevallo and GSW going on small scoring runs to momentarily gain momentum. Throughout the game the score would change 21 times, with the teams tying each other up 19 different times in the shootout.
One of the many ties came with 48 seconds remaining in the game when GSW’s Kayla Dayton hit a long three-pointer to tie the game up at 78-78. The tie would be broken 32 seconds as McSwain drove the lane and was fouled, sending the talented freshman to the charity stripe with the game on the line. McSwain would connect on her first of two free throws, but the second would miss it’s mark and Montevallo would pull down the rebound. After getting one final shot off with 4.9 seconds left, Shay Bonner would be fouled on the put-back attempt and make one of her two free throws also to tie the game at 79-79 as time expired.
Unfortunately for the Lady ‘Canes, the five minute overtime period would be completely dominated by Montevallo. The Lady Falcons would outscore GSW 13-4 in the extra period to claim the 92-83 conference win and send the Lady ‘Canes to their first overtime loss since March 2, 2010.
Dayton finished as the Lady ‘Canes leading scorer with 20 points off the bench and added two rebounds and four assists. McSwain added 16 points and three steals, and junior Shaniece Sheffield had 12 points and four steals. Danisha Green and Walker each added ten points in the tough loss.
The Lady ‘Canes will be on the road on Monday as they travel to Savannah to take on Armstrong Atlantic State University with another opportunity to break their current conference losing streak. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game.