The Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats, tied for sixth in the latest USCAA Division II national poll, kept up their hot start to the 2017-18 season with a 68-39 victory over the Covenant College junior varsity team Tuesday night at the Rossville Athletic Center.
The win moved the Lady Bobcats to 6-1 overall and gave them a sweep of the Lady Scots in the season series.
Georgia Northwestern, playing once again without injured center Madison Lewis, led 36-18 at intermission and never looked back as they bounced back from their only loss of the year at Warren Wilson College this past Friday.
Freshman guard Jayla Stone torched Covenant with 21 points and collected eight steals, while freshman Taylor Bethune poured in a career-high 18 points and collected five rebounds. Freshman Tori Harvey filled up the stat sheet with eight points, six boards, five assists and three steals, while junior Katy Phillips, who missed the first meeting with Covenant due to an illness, added four points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Also adding to the win was Christina DeSalvo (8 points, 7 rebounds), Mia Clark (7 points) and Tori Hall (2 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals).
Heather Andrews had 16 points for the Lady Scots.
The Lady Bobcats will be back in action at home on Friday on the opening night of the Tim Walthour Memorial Tournament at the Rossville Athletic Center. Georgia Northwestern will take on Trinity Baptist College from Jacksonville, Florida at 6 p.m. in a rematch from the first game of the season. The Lady Bobcats won that meeting, 72-60, in Florida.
Lewis is expected to be back for the tournament. The 6-foot-3 center had 27 points and 19 rebounds in the team's first meeting.
Hiwassee College and Welch College will play in the day's first game at 2 p.m. The women's consolation game will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, while the championship game is slated for 2:30 p.m.
Tennessee Wesleyan JV 89, Georgia Northwestern men 71
The visiting JV team from Tennessee Wesleyan University jumped out to a seven-point halftime lead on Tuesday and picked up a over the Bobcats, handing them a sixth consecutive loss.
Several times in the first half, the Bobcats (2-8) would cut a double-digit deficit down to a two-possession game, but each time the Bulldogs (6-7) would answer to push out their lead. Georgia Northwestern would get it down to two, 26-24, with seven minutes left in the first half, but eventually went to the locker room down 42-35.
The Bulldogs would start the second half with a 19-6 run and the Bobcats never found an answer. They would chip away the gap, getting it down to 77-64 with 6:30 remaining, but never got any closer.
Keyshun Bradley had a game-high 25 points for Tennessee Wesleyan, while Danny Bates hit for 23. Parker Morgan added 14 and Chris Fayne's 10 points gave the Bulldogs four players in double figures.
Tyler Phillips had 16 points and five rebounds for Georgia Northwestern. Deontae Jackson continued his strong recent play with 12 points and six boards, while Micah Wheeler went for 10 points. J.T. Langford and Davantae Kimble had eight points and three steals apiece.
The Bobcats will return to the Rossville Athletic Center on Friday to face Trinity Baptist College from Jacksonville, Florida in the opening round of the Tim Walthour Memorial Tournament. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. It will mark the first meeting of the season between the two teams.
Georgia Gwinnett College and Welch College will play in the first men's game of the day at 4 p.m. The men's consolation game will be at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, while the men's championship game is slated for 4:30 p.m.