Lady Jets on an eight-game winning streak

Published 1:16 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2018

From Staff Reports


ROME, GA – The 11th-ranked South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets basketball team has now won eight games in a row. They competed in the Georgia Highlands Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday and Sunday, November 24-25, at Georgia Highlands College.

On Saturday, November 24, the Lady Jets defeated Roane State Community College 76-40 in the opening game of the tournament. They then defeated 25th-ranked Pensacola State College 73-61 in the second game of the tournament on Sunday, November 25.

SGT captured two impressive wins in that tournament, but sophomore center Bigue Sarr suffered a knee injury in the first game against Roane State. Sophomore forward Fatou Pouye also sustained an ankle injury in that game.

“I was not sure we could defeat Pensacola State without Bigue and Fatou,” SGT Head Coach James Frey said. “The other players really stepped up and that is what they are going to have to do for us to keep beating good teams.” Frey added that he hopes both Sarr and Pouye will be back in the lineup for this coming weekend or next week. “I was very proud of the way the team came together,” Frey said.

In the opening game against Roane State, Sarr managed to play eight minutes and scored eight points before getting injured. Freshman center Laky Samo came off the bench to score 14 points and grab eight rebounds. Freshman power forward Amara Edeh also                                                                                                                                                                       came off the bench to lead the Lady Jets in scoring with 18 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Ricka Jackson closed out the double-digit scoring with 13 points.

Against 25th-ranked Pensacola State, the Lady Jets had four of their five starters score in double-figures to lead SGT to a 73-61 victory. Sophomore guard Alyssa Nieves led the team in scoring with 18 points. Nieves hit four of 13 attempts from the three-point line and also led the team in rebounds with nine. She also had two assists and three steals on the night. Jackson was close behind, scoring 17 points and grabbing six rebounds. She also tallied two assists and four steals.

Laky Samo made her first start of the season for the Lady Jets and did not disappoint. Samo scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and tallied two assists and one steal. Amara Edeh scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Lady Jets will host Southern Crescent Technical College in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Division I conference game on Saturday, December 1, at the Hanger. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Lady Jets are currently ranked #1 in the conference with a 3-0 record and have an overall record of 8-1 on the 2018-19 campaign. The Lady Jets will then travel to Cuthbert, GA on Saturday, December 8, to take on Andrew College in a GCAA conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

As far as the Jets (1-5) are concerned, they will travel to Walterboro, SC to take on the University of South Carolina-Salkahatchie on Saturday, December 1, at 4 p.m. The Jets will return home to face Marion Military College on Tuesday, December 4. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.