February 7, 2012

Lady Saints Drop Heartbreaker to Montevallo

Contact: Steve Cunha,

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's basketball team faded down the stretch on Tuesday evening and fell to Peach Belt Conference foe Montevallo 62-59 in Memorial Hall.

The Lady Saints (11-10, 5-7 PBC) converted on only one field goal over the final 2:10 of the game as the Falcons' (9-12, 4-8 PBC) defense made big stops and forced North Georgia into tough shots throughout the entire second half.

The Lady Saints started out cold from the field converting only one of their first 13 field goal attempts as the Montevallo raced out to an early 11-2 lead five and a half minutes into the opening half.

North Georgia would respond however with a 17-7 run capped by a Jaymee Carnes trey over the next 10 minutes to take a 19-18 lead.

The Lady Saints would catch their stride with less than five minutes to play in the first half ending the half on an 11-4 run to take a 30-23 lead heading into the break.

The Falcons would come out of the break hot, as they hit their first two shots to cut the North Georgia lead to only three.

North Georgia caught fire as well, making baskets on four straight possessions to stretch their lead to double digits when Carnes banked home a jumper.

The Falcons refused to give up as they hung around and capitalized on nearly every mistake the Lady Saints made, scoring 11 points off 16 turnovers throughout the contest.

Montevallo battled back to tie the game and eventually take the lead when Taylor Beverly knocked down a clutch jumper with two defenders draped all over her.

Every time the Lady Saints looked to gain momentum down the stretch the Falcons converted both open and contested looks to take the wind out of North Georgia's sails.

After trailing by double digits early in the second half, the Falcons built their lead to as many as nine when Tiffany McClure made a pair of free throws with three and a half minutes remaining.

Once again, the Lady Saints responded going on 8-0 run of their own capped by a pair of Carnes free throws to cut the lead to one with under a minute a play.

On the ensuing Falcons possession Stephanie Huffman forced a turnover and as Carnes grabbed hold of the ball she fell to the ground and was whistled for traveling.

Trailing by a point with 14 seconds left to play Coach Buffie Burson's squad had no choice but to foul. Montevallo's Zena Nasiloski converted one of two free throws.

The Lady Saints had a great chance to tie and even win the game on the final possession. Jessica Trice had the ball in the corner and made a nice pass to a cutting Giovanni Sims who was fouled in the act of shooting.

The freshman back rimmed her first free throw and made the second to pull North Georgia within one with less than four seconds left in the game.

Nothing eventful would happen as the Falcons made both of their free throws and the "Hail Mary" attempt fall the Lady Saints fell short.

Jaymee Carnes paced the North Georgia offense registering yet another double-double as she poured in a game-high 25 points and pulled down 10 boards. Crystal Moore added eight points off the bench in one of her best performances as a member of the Lady Saints.

The Falcons were led by Beverly who scored 21 points and McClure added 17 points and pulled down eight boards.

The Lady Saints look to rebound on Saturday when they host No. 4 ranked Clayton State on Saturday afternoon in Memorial Hall. Tipoff will be at 1:30 p.m.