Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 2, 2013

Jets and Lady Jets split with Georgia Highlands

ROME — The South Georgia Technical College Jets captured their second consecutive conference win in a 72–58 decision over Georgia Highlands College in Rome Wednesday, but the Lady Jets fell a few points shy of a victory as they lost to the third ranked Georgia Highlands team 52–46.

The Jets moved to 9–4 in the conference and 19–4 overall with their win on the road. They are currently ranked third in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association behind East Georgia and Chattahoochee Tech. East Georgia is undefeated in the conference with an 11–0 record and Chattahoochee Tech is 12–2.

The Lady Jets remained in sixth place in the conference standings despite the loss to Georgia Highlands. They are 7–6 in conference play and 14–9 overall. They trail Darton, Central Georgia Tech, Georgia Highlands, Middle Georgia and Chattahoochee Tech.

The South Georgia Tech Jets trailed Georgia Highlands 29–26 at the end of the first half, but rallied in the second half to outscore Georgia Highlands 46–29 and capture the 72–58 victory.

Anthony Ethridge, who is still nursing an injured ankle, came off the bench to lead the Jets in scoring with 19 points. He was followed by B.J. Davis who added 15 points.  Starters Stedmon Lemon and Jacob Obande were the only two other Jets to score in double-figures and then had 10 points each. Octavius Green only had four points, but he pulled down 13 rebounds.

The Lady Jets played Georgia Highlands very close in the first half and were only down by two points, 30–28, at the end of the first period. Georgia Highlands came back in the second half and outscored the Lady Jets by four points to increase their lead and capture the 52–46 win.

Nikkei Blackburn was the only Lady Jet in double-figures. She had 16 points and 17 rebounds. Portia McCray added eight points. Shaquaya Daniels only had two points but she had seven assists and five steals.

 Both SGTC teams will now travel to Swainsboro on Monday, February 4 for a conference game with East Georgia. The East Georgia men are ranked number one in the conference with an unbeaten record. The Jets and Lady Jets return home on Wednesday, February 6th.  The Lady Jets host the top-ranked Darton Lady Cavaliers at 5:30 and the Jets play Gordon College at 7:30 p.m. Gordon is ranked in fourth place behind the Jets in the conference standings.

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