Lady Saints Force Overtime, Take Down Young Harris 64-62
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YOUNG HARRIS, GA – The North Georgia women's basketball team was looking to get back on track Saturday afternoon and they did just that, forcing overtime with a buzzer-beater before coming away with a 64-62 victory at Young Harris College in non-conference action.
With time running down under 10 seconds in regulation and the Lady Saints down by three, Jessica Trice found sophomore sensation Jaymee Carnes behind the arc and the nation's leading scorer knocked down the trey to knot the score 57-57 and force the game into overtime.
Young Harris quickly jumped back in front in the opening seconds of overtime when Keta Robinette drilled a three-pointer to give the Mountain Lions a 60-57 advantage.
Carnes responded and carried the Lady Saints from there, connecting on three consecutive field goals to give North Georgia a lead they would never relinquish. Trice hit a free throw in the closing seconds to seal a 64-62 come-from-behind overtime victory on the road.
The Lady Saints (7-5) win their second straight non-conference road game in overtime after a thriller against Newberry to close out the 2011 calendar year.
The loss for Young Harris (13-3) snaps a six-game wining streak for the Mountain Lions who led by as many as six points in the closing minutes of regulation.
Carnes led all scorers in the game with 27 points, while adding 10 rebounds for her nation leading 12th double-double of the year. The transfer had her worst shooting performance of the year (9-29), but got hot when it counted and went 3-for-5 from the field in overtime, not to mention the game-tying three-pointer to force the extra period.
Giovanni Sims had one her best offensive performance of the year in the win, scoring 17 points and adding eight rebounds in 43 minutes of action, while Trice tallied her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 boards.
Amanda Rector continued to run the offense from the point guard position, playing 44 of the 45 minutes in the game and recording three steals. She knocked down one of her four three-point attempts on the night and added a trio of assists.
Ladondra Johnson led Young Harris with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while adding six blocks and a pair of steals. Lauren Smith was the only other Mountain Lion in double figures with 15 points. She also added 11 rebounds and 12 assists for a triple-double in the losing effort.
North Georgia shot just 32 percent from the field and 27 percent from long range, while Young Harris was 39 percent from the floor and 26 percent from behind the arc. The Lady Saints connected on 11 of their 17 free throws attempts, good for 64 percent, while the Mountain Lions made all four of their shots from the charity stripe.
North Georgia returns to conference play next Monday when they welcome in Francis Marion.
The game will be part of student-athlete appreciation night and the North Georgia softball team will also be honored at halftime of the men's game by receiving their College World Series rings.
Tip-off against the Patriots starts with the women tipping at 5:30 PM and the men following at 7:30 PM.