Dahlonega, Ga. – North Georgia found
themselves up 12 at halftime on West Alabama Friday evening, and
rolled to a 65-53 victory over the Tigers in the second game of the
X-Trem Shootout in Memorial Hall.
The Lady Saints used a 10-0 scoring run midway through the first half, capped by a three-point play from Stephanie Brownlee to take a 24-15 lead at the 5:35 mark. North Georgia would add to their lead in the final minute as Syretha Marble gave her team a 36-24 lead at the break on a layup with 52 seconds remaining.
The Tigers came out in the second half and cut into the North Georgia lead on a Valerie Harris layup with 15:50 remaining in the game to make it 40-32, but the Lady Saints responded as Marble came right back on the next possession and pushed the lead right back to 10 points with two of her 16 second-half points.
North Georgia led by as many as 18 points with 9:17 remaining in the game as Alyssa Stokes knocked down a driving layup, but the Tigers cut into the lead late as the Lady Saints came away with a 65-53 victory.
West Alabama was led by Harris who tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Jessie Clark added 15 points on 4-5 shooting from behind the arc.
North Georgia was led once again by Marble who ended the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and seven steals for her second straight double-double. Whitney Randolph added a double-double of her own with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Brownlee chipped in nine, and Brooke Baker put up seven first-half points.
Both team return to action tomorrow afternoon in the final day of the X-Trem Shootout as West Alabama (0-4) will take on Carson-Newman at 2:00 p.m., while North Georgia (3-1) will oppose instate rival West Georgia at 4:00 p.m.