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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lady Hawks fall short of GSC win against West Florida, 60-54

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A slow first period came back to bite the Shorter University women Tuesday night as their battle to get a conference win came up short again.

The Lady Hawks were outscored 11-4 in the opening 10 minutes and visiting West Florida took a 60-54 win in the Gulf South Conference contest at Shorter’s Winthrop-King Centre.

The Lady Argonauts (8-3, 3-1 GSC) maintained a slim advantage for most of the game and were ahead 28-23 at the half.

Shorter cut the West Florida lead to 42-39 with a 5-0 run late in the third quarter, but a loose ball at midcourt was grabbed by the Lady Argonaut’s Imani Mulmore and taken to the basket for a 3-point play to end the period.

Shorter (2-9, 0-5) was led by BreAnna Thompson with 16 points, while Tatum Ragsdale had a pair of 3-pointers on the way to 14.

The Lady Hawks have finished within six points of winning three of its last four conference games. The Lady Hawks will try to break that streak Thursday when they host Valdosta State.

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West Florida men 81, Shorter 65

Four Hawks finished in double digits scoring but it wasn’t enough to fight off the streaking West Florida Argonauts as they defeated Shorter 81-65 on Tuesday.

West Florida (12-0, 4-0 GSC) shot 50 percent from the floor compared to Shorter’s 39 percent and won the rebound battle 41-26 to take an advantage in the conference matchup.

Shorter (1-12, 1-4) hit 10 3-pointers, with Jonathan Mason getting all 12 of his points from shots behind the arc. Hawk Amonte Potter led all scorers with 24 points, while Josh Burnett and TayVaughn Major each had 10.

The Hawks host Valdosta State on Thursday.

GHC men 102, ASA Prep 53

The Chargers returned from the holiday break with a 102-53 win over Action Sports Prep at The Corral on Tuesday at Georgia Highlands College.

The Chargers (6-6) return to action Saturday as they travel to Atlanta Metro College to start conference play.

The home team sprinted out to a 16-3 run to open the game and never looked back as Georgia Highlands shot 60.3 percent for the game and had five players in double digits led by TaJuan Johnson with 28 points and eight assists.

Khalyl Watters finished with 16 points, while Jeremiah Buford had 13, Sandro Noel had 12 and AJ Farrar added 10.

The Chargers (6-6) return to action Saturday as they travel to Atlanta Metro College to start conference play.