February 27, 2008

Lady Saints fall 92-84 to Lander in overtime

North Georgia looks ahead to PBC Tournament next week

GREENWOOD, SC - North Georgia College & State University took a commanding lead early in the second half, but allowed Lander University to sneak back into the contest and force overtime where they took over and captured a 92-84 victory Wednesday night in Peach Belt Conference action.

Kourtney Singleton led North Georgia with 23 points before fouling out late in regulation. Rachael Jolley added 14 points while the Peach Belt's leading scorer Syretha Marble had 12 points. Marble led the Saints with nine rebounds while Singleton added eight boards.

The Saints closed the first half on a 24-7 run to build a 40-29 halftime lead. Lander led by as many as six on several occasions early on in the first half, including a Ponds lay-up that made it 22-16 with 12:13 left.

North Georgia started a run of 10 unanswered points when Lindsey Kitchens hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 25 while Jolley's 3-pointer put the visitors up 32-25. Singleton completed the 24-7 run with two free throws with 33 seconds left until halftime.

The Saints upped their lead to 15 on two occasions early in the second half and extended the advantage to 16, 54-38, on Megan Huffman's 3-pointer at the 16:13 mark. Lander started its 26-7 run with seven unanswered points, pulling within 54-45 when Chiles hit two free throws with 14:39 left.

Trailing 77-72 and forced to rally again, Lander did just on baskets by Ponds and Chiles and McKever's three-point play that tied the game at 79-all with 1:17 to go. Both teams missed shots on their ensuing possessions until the Saints took an 81-79 lead when Huffman banked in a shot with 22 seconds left.

McKever tied the game with 9.1 seconds left when she hit two free throws. North Georgia turned the ball over with 2.4 seconds to go. But Good missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the game went into overtime.

In the extra period, Lander jumped on top and never looked back, outscoring the Lady Saints 11-3 to grab the come from behind overtime win.

For the game, North Georgia hit 27 of 69 shots (39 percent), 22 of 30 free throws (73 percent), and eight of 23 from behind the arc (35 percent). For the game, Lander made 32 of 63 shots from the floor (51 percent), 24 of 35 free throws (69 percent), and four of 10 from 3-point range (40 percent).

North Georgia will have a week off before they play on day one of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament in Aiken, South Carolina, against an opponent yet to be determined.