December 17, 2011

Lady Saints Fall to Young Harris 66-62 in OT Thriller

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Cunha, Sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA– The North Georgia women's basketball team fell 66-62 to Young Harris in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Hall.

The Lady Saints (4-3) and Young Harris (9-2) battled back and forth all afternoon with each team holding the lead six different times throughout the contest.

North Georgia played their most physical game of the young season and it took its toll on the youthful Lady Saints as three of their nine players who dressed fouled out.

The two teams traded baskets for most of the first half before the Mountain Lions went on a 9-0 run with just under 14 minutes remaining, however the Lady Saints answered going on an 11-6 run of their own over the final four minutes of the half to take a 1-point lead heading into the break.

North Georgia used the momentum they gained heading into halftime to stretch their lead to as many as ten points with under nine minutes remaining in the game.

The Mountain Lions clawed their way back into the game thanks to timely shooting by Breanna Gleeson who hit two key treys to cut into the Lady Saints lead.

Young Harris gained momentum back with under two minutes remaining in the game when Peyton Robertson drew a foul on Jaymee Carnes, taking her out of the contest and making her a spectator for the rest of the game.

Jessica Trice hit a free throw to knot the contest up with 35 seconds remaining and the Lady Saints forced Young Harris into a shot clock violation in their final possession of regulation.

In overtime, Jasmine Manning scored on the Lady Saints first three possessions to give them a 60-57 lead before fouling out just minutes later. Over the final two minutes of overtime, Young Harris outscored the Lady Saints 9-2 escaping with the 66-62 victory.

Jessica Trice played her best game of the season scoring a team-high 21 points and pulling down seven boards, while hitting six shots from three.

Stephanie Huffman continued her strong play scoring 18 points on five of nine shooting and Jaymee Carnes scored in double figures pouring in 15 points despite not hitting her first field goal until the second half.

Ladondra Jordan led the attack for the Mountain Lions registering a double-double scoring a game-high 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Ketta Robinette added 14 points including three treys.

The Lady Saints return to action on Monday for the final game of their eight-game home stand to open the season when they face Reinhardt in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off scheduled for 5:30 PM.