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Big second half leads to 12th-straight win for the Lady Jets

From Staff Reports

 

AMERICUS – The South Georgia Technical College women’s basketball team fell behind at the half, but had a huge second half to thrash the Lady Bobcats of East Georgia State College 97-46 on Wednesday, December 19, at SGTC.

The Lady Jets, ranked 16th in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Top 25 poll, have now won 12-straight games.

The game started out evenly for both teams. By halftime, the Lady Bobcats led 25-24 despite having only five players available for action and no substitutes. At the beginning of the second half, however, the Lady Jets gained momentum after hitting a few three-pointers to take a commanding lead. They would go on to outscore EGSC 73-21 in the second half.

With the win, the Lady Jets improve to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference (GCAA).

“We were terrible offensively and we had no energy defensively,” SGTC head coach James Frey said. “We just weren’t good, but we were able to play a little bit better in the second half, like we wanted to play the whole game. We will take it.”

Four Lady Jets scored in double-figures on the day as Kamya Hollingshed led the push. Hollingshed, a freshman from McDonough, GA, led SGTC in scoring with 19 points. It’s the third time this season that Hollingshed has led the Lady Jets in scoring. Hollingshed played for 20 minutes. During those 20 minutes, she was 7-for-14 from the field, 3-for-8 from beyond the arc and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the foul line.

Two Lady Jets posted double-doubles. Sophomore Ricka Jackson scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while freshman Amara Edeh scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jackson plans to finish out her college basketball career at Texas Tech when she leaves SGTC. Returning sophomore and Oklahoma State commit Bigue Sarr closed out the double-digit scoring with 13 points.

The Lady Jets will take a nine-day break before returning to action in the Hanger to host the Lady Jets Holiday Classic Saturday through Monday, December 29-31. The team will face three teams in three days: They will play St. Petersburg College on Saturday, December 29, at 8 p.m. On Sunday, December 30, the Lady Jets will host Shelton State at 8 p.m. Their final game of the tournament will be on Monday, December 31, against Eastern Florida College. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 4 p.m.

“It’s a great classic with a lot of good competition,” Frey said. “It will be a great three days and we’re excited about it.”

Both the Jets and Lady Jets will be hosting the Holiday Classic. It will include 10 teams and 12 men’s and women’s basketball games in three days. One admission will be charged per day, allowing individuals to see multiple games for the price of one.