North Georgia’s third-quarter run dooms Lady Hurricanes

Published 8:17 pm Sunday, January 28, 2018

By Staff Reports


AMERICUS – The No. 21 ranked North Georgia Lady Nighthawks used a big third-quarter run to overtake GSW and defeat the Lady Hurricanes 83-70 at the Storm Dome on Saturday, January 27.

The loss puts the Lady Hurricanes at 6-11 overall and 3-10 in the Peach Belt Conference.

GSW had two players in double figures. Tyisha Moore led the Lady Hurricanes in scoring with 14 points and five rebounds. Shanya Jones scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds, tallied three assists, and recorded two steals.

North Georgia’s Mackenzie Darrah had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Nighthawks (15-2, 10-1 PBC).

North Georgia scored the first six points of the game before Tyisha Moore scored a basket to get GSW on the board. Moore’s basket started an 8-2 run by GSW. With three minutes left in the first quarter, GSW had a 15-14 lead before UNG used a 9-1 run to close out the first quarter, leading 23-16.

In the second quarter, it was a back-and-forth affair as both teams shot 60 percent from the field. Each team scored 27 points in the quarter, and North Georgia led 50-43 at the half.

GSW struggled in the third quarter, shooting just 1-of-13 from the field. With 7:28 to go in the third, Lauren Duncan scored while being fouled and converted the three-point play. However, that was the last time GSW scored any points in the third quarter. UNG scored 15 points in the third quarter to take a 65-46 lead going into the fourth quarter.

North Georgia had its biggest lead of the game at 80-56 with 3:58 remaining in the game. However, GSW would not quit. The Lady Hurricanes went on a 14-3 run in the final four minutes, but it was not enough to overcome the double-digit deficit. North Georgia left Americus with an 83-70 win.

The Hurricanes were effective on the defensive end. They scored 24 points off 25 North Georgia turnovers. However, GSW was outrebounded 50-40 by the visitors from Dahlonega. UNG outscored the Lady Hurricanes 56-36 in the paint.

On a positive note, GSW had 11 different players score, the most of the season to this point.

GSW got bench production from Tyra Smith. Smith scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds and recorded two steals in 15 minutes of action.

The Lady Hurricanes will try to get back into the win column when they travel to Milledgeville, GA to take on Georgia College. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31.