It was a tough night for the hosts teams as both the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats and Lady Bobcats lost on the first night of the Tim Walthour Memorial Tournament at the Rossville Athletic Center.
Trinity College of Florida 83, Georgia Northwestern women 46
The Lady Bobcats fell behind 29-9 after the opening quarter and never recovered as they dropped to 0-7 on the season.
The Lady Tigers from the Sunshine State added to their advantage in the second and third quarters, taking their biggest lead of the night, 68-25, early in the fourth.
Markenesja Hardy led four players in doubles figures for Trinity as she scored 25 points. The Lady Tigers did their damage from behind the 3-point arc, hitting an incredible 16 of 24 attempts (67 percent). The Lady Bobcats made just 1 of 6 from three.
Sharqueva "Bunny" McCoy had 21 points for Georgia Northwestern and pulled down 16 rebounds. Katy Phillips finished with 10 points, while Carrie Benedict added six.
The Lady Bobcats will conclude the tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday against Southern Crescent Tech out of Griffin, Georgia.
Barber-Scotia College 85, Georgia Northwestern men 79
The Bobcats led by as many as 16 in the first half and had a four-point lead with six minutes to play. But the Sabers from Concord, N.C. would erase the deficit late and pulled away with some last-minute free throws.
Georgia Northwestern (3-3) led 25-9 in the first half, only to see the Sabers end the half on a 30-11 run to take a 39-36 into the locker room.
In a game that featured three ties and seven lead changes, the Bobcats fought back to take a 67-63 lead with just under 6:30 remaining. However, a 9-0 Barber-Scotia run over the next two minutes would give the visitors a five-point cushion and they would never trail again.
Down 76-74 with just over a minute to play, the Bobcats had a chance to tie the game but turned it over under the Sabers' basket and a NaShawn Lester bucket with 1:07 to play extended the lead to four.
Alec Rattanaxay would get a steal at midcourt and convert it into a lay-up with 32.7 seconds left to pull the Bobcats back to within two. Georgia Northwestern got a gift when Lester misfired on two straight free throws with 27 seconds to go, but center Kamal Ramos would tip the rebound out to DeShawn Troutman, who was fouled with 21 seconds to play.
Troutman would hit both shots and Lester would promptly steal the Bobcats' inbound pass and convert it into a 3-point play, putting the Sabers up seven with 19 seconds left and effectively sealing the win.
Troutman finished with 22 points for Barber-Scotia, while Lester added 17.
Rattanaxay had a season-high 19 points for the Bobcats, followed Daniel Parrish with 14, Darrius Fugh with 12 and Patrick Simmons with 10. Andrew Johnson chipped in with seven points.
The Bobcats will take on Georgia Gwinnett College on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the final game of this year's tournament.
The Georgia Northwestern Athletic Department's Toy Drive will continue at the Rossville Athletic center tomorrow. Fans who bring in one new, unwrapped toy will receive free admission. Tournament games will start up at 10 a.m.