February 22, 2012

Lady Saints Fall to Cougars, Montevallo Awaits for Playoff Birth

Contact Walker McCrary

DAHLONEGA, GA - North Georgia never really caught their stride on Wednesday night as the Cougars of Columbus State beat the Lady Saints 58-43.

North Georgia didn't have much production aside from Jaymee Carnes, who had half of the Lady Saints points with 21.  The rest of the team had 22 combined points.

The Lady Saints held the lead three times early by two points with their last lead coming at 15:32 left in the first half, when Crystal Moore hit a layup to put North Georgia up 10-9.

Columbus State took the lead shortly after as Asha Alexander hit a layup 14 seconds later to spark a 6-0 run to take the Cougar lead up to five points.

North Georgia held it close for most of the first half and was within four points multiple times.  Columbus State was ahead by eight at the half 35-27.

The second half belonged to Columbus State early.  The Cougars started the half hot and stretched the lead to 44-30.

The Cougar lead remained in double digits for the rest of the game.  The final points were scored with just under three minutes left in the game by the Cougars' Dominique Gilbert to stretch the lead out to 15 and the final score of 58-43.

North Georgia only got to the free throw line eight times on Wednesday night, well under their season average of 21.8 attempts per game.

The Lady Saints have now lost four straight home contests and four of their last five overall. 

They return to action at Montevallo on Saturday afternoon as they take on the Falcons.  A win would put the Lady Saints into the Peach Belt Conference tournament next week.  Tipoff is at 2:30 EST at the BankTrust Arena.