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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia Lady Saints fell to a hot Tusculum College team on Saturday afternoon 78-63 in the final game of the X-Trem Thanksgiving Classic in Memorial Hall.
Tusculum did what no team has done so far this season, and that was to contain Jaymee Carnes. The sophomore was held to 23 points and did not make a field goal the final 14 minutes of the game.
North Georgia (3-2) and the Pioneers (3-0) were tied at 34 at the half after Amanda Rector hit a free throw line jumper to tie the game heading to intermission. Tusculum would score 44 points in the second half on their way to winning their third straight game. That amount is the most the Lady Saints have allowed in a half this season.
After Carnes broke records last night for her performance, she was swarmed by Tusculum defenders all evening and rarely found space to move. The pressure did bring fouls however as Carnes was able to convert on 11 of 12 from the free throw line. She also finished with 10 rebounds to giver herself another double-double, her fourth of the year.
Giovanni Sims finished with a double-double of her own, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Pioneers (3-0) were led by Staci Hicks who scored 15 points and totaled six rebounds.
Tusculum had four players in double figures to give them a balanced attack all night. Along with Hicks, Kendal Baxter, Linda Aughburns and Jama Hammontree each scored 11 or more points in the win.
For a team that was only picked fourth in their league, Tusculum was the best team on the floor in both of their games this weekend, and one of those came against the No. 1 team in the country in Clayton State. The Pioneers faced the best competition this weekend and answered the bell with two great performances.
The Lady Saints shot a dismal 27 percent from the three-point line and just 38 percent from the field in their second loss of the season. Tusculum shot 50 percent from three and 44 from the field.
North Georgia looks to bounce back next Tuesday when they play host to Truett-McConnell in Memorial Hall for their fourth straight home game. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM.