Lady Jets to host NJCAA Region XVII Tournament

Published 6:43 pm Monday, February 24, 2020

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AMERICUS – The South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) Lady Jets captured their fifth consecutive Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) conference title and finished the season with an undefeated conference record for the second consecutive year. It is only the third time in the history of the program that an SGTC women’s team has managed to finish up with a perfect conference record.

As the GCAA regular season conference champions, the Lady Jets will host the semi-final and final rounds of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVII tournament, which will be played beginning at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, February 28, with the conference championship scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, February 29.

As the top-ranked GCAA team, SGTC and second-place Georgia Highlands both received a bye in the quarterfinal round, which will be played on Tuesday, February 25. The quarterfinal round will be played at the home court of the higher seeds. Third-ranked Central Georgia Technical College will host sixth-ranked Albany Tech on Tuesday, February 25, at 6 p.m. and fourth-ranked East Georgia State will host fifth-seeded Andrew College at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25.


This is a picture of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference (GCAA) Tournament bracket.
Photo by Su Ann Bird

The winners of those games will advance to the semi-final round at SGTC on Friday, February 28. The Lady Jets will play the winner of the East Georgia State/ Andrew College game at 6 p.m. on Friday and then Georgia Highlands will take on the winner of the Central Georgia Tech/Albany Tech game at 8 p.m. in the Hangar.

The two winners will face off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, in the Hangar for the right to advance to the NJCAA District J competition and the right to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas.

The Lady Jets are currently 17 – 0 in the conference and are 35 – 0 in the conference for the past two seasons. They are also looking for their fourth consecutive NJCAA Region XVII tournament title and the opportunity to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament. The Lady Jets have been to the NJCAA National Tournament five of the last six years under head coach James Frey.

The Lady Jets are currently ranked 15th in the nation and are 27 – 2 on the year. Their best record ever was during the 2018 – 2019 season, when they posted a 27 – 3 overall record and went on to finish the year at 30 – 4 overall. That was the best record ever for a basketball team at SGTC.