DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College
& State University trailed by seven points at the half, but the
24th-ranked Clayton State Lakers were not to be denied their eighth
straight victory as the Lady Saints fell 60-50 Wednesday evening in
Memorial Hall in front of a capacity crowd.
The Lady Saints fall to 7-18 overall and 4-14 in the Peach Belt, while the Lakers put their fifth straight 20-win season in the books, improving to 20-4 overall and 14-3 in the conference.
With decibel level through the roof in Memorial Hall, Clayton State raced out to an early 13-2 lead behind 3-point baskets by Brittany Hall and Marie St. Fort. The Lakers stretched the lead to 15 points on a lay-up by Hall and two free throws by Tanisha Woodard at the 11:54 mark.
The Lady Saints would come right back, behind 12 first-half points by Syretha Marble to cut the Clayton State lead to 30-23 at halftime.
Every time North Georgia made a move in the second half, Clayton State responded. The Lady Saints twice cut the Laker lead to seven points, including 40-33 on a Marble lay-up with 13:37 left and on a pair of free throws by Alyssa Stokes cut the Clayton State lead to 47-39 at the 8:24 mark.
The Lakers would extend their lead once again as North Georgia trailed by as many as 14 points on two different occasions before falling 60-50.
Marble led the way once again for the Lady Saints, dropping 18 points and pulling down five rebounds as the only North Georgia player in double figures.
St. Fort paced the Lakers with 14 points, while Hall had 12, and Dominique Jennings added 11.
The Lady Saints will travel to Augusta State Saturday afternoon for their final road game of the regular season, taking on the Jaguars at 2:00 p.m. in Cristenberry Fieldhouse.