Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 23, 2012

South Georgia Tech Lady Jets finish conference play 18-0; win first round GCAA playoff game

AMERICUS — The South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets captured a 68 – 47 win over the Chattahoochee Tech Lady Golden Eagles Tuesday night in the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Region XVII tournament. The Lady Jets will now advance to the GCAA Women’s Region XVII tournament semi-finals at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah on Friday at 5 p.m.

The Lady Jets will take on Middle Georgia College, the fourth ranked team in the tournament. The winner of that game will advance to the finals, which will be played at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th at 1:30 at Armstrong in Savannah.  WISK-FM of Americus will broadcast the Lady Jets games on the radio.

Prior to the GCAA first round tournament game, the Jets Booster Club recognized Lady Jets head Coach Brandan Harrell and the Lady Jets for recording the college’s first undefeated conference season. The Lady Jets ended the regular season 18 – 0 in GCAA action with a big 62-49 win over the Middle Georgia College Lady Warriors. Jets Booster Club Officer Martha Arrington presented Coach Harrell with a trophy basketball signed by the players and assistant coach Demetrius Colson for the accomplishment on behalf of the Booster Club.

 The win allowed the Lady Jets to stretch their consecutive win streak to 16 games and allowed them to move to 19 – 0 in the conference and 23 – 8 overall. Six of the Lady Jets eight losses came from forfeits against non-conference opponents early in the season.

The Lady Jets opened the game a little sluggish and allowed Chattahoochee to pull ahead early, but the Lady Jets came back and had a comfortable 36 – 24 lead at the end of the first half.  The Lady Jets were ahead by as many as 31 points in the second half before finally clinching their first 2012 GCAA Tournament win, 68 – 47.

Shontae McCall, the GCAA Player of the Year, led the Lady Jets in scoring with 18 points. Fifteen of those came in the first half.  She also had a total of 14 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

McCall was joined in double-figures by Anete Erdmane with 11 points. Kayla Ritchie and Shanique Holston both added nine points each and Samantha Phillips tossed in seven points. She was four of four from the foul line.

Rounding out the scoring the Lady Jets were Inna Leja with six points, Taj Westbrook with five and Manon Cherubini with three.

In the other opening round GCAA tournament games Tuesday, all of the top seeds advanced. Darton outscored Central Georgia Tech 65 – 41, Georgia Perimeter defeated Albany Tech 72 – 46 and Middle Georgia beat East Georgia 62 – 36.

The semi-finals at Armstrong Atlanta State University features the top ranked Lady Jets against fourth ranked Middle Georgia at 5 p.m. on Friday followed by second-ranked Darton and third ranked Georgia Perimeter playing at 7 p.m.

The winner of those two games will meet in the finals on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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