Lady Bob­cats fall to un­beaten War­riors

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst [email protected]

No team has ever trav­eled far­ther to play a Ge­or­gia North­west­ern bas­ket­ball squad than Mas­sas­oit Com­mu­nity Col­lege did on Satur­day night.

The War­riors, who left their home in Brock­ton, Mas­sachusetts at ap­prox­i­mately 3 a.m. on Satur­day, dis­em­barked their plane, ar­rived at Rossville Ath­letic Cen­ter later in the day and promptly handed the Lady Bob­cats a 58-37 de­feat.

It was the first on-court ac­tion for Ge­or­gia North­west­ern since Dec. 10.

Mas­sas­oit, who came into the con­test un­de­feated and ranked No. 1 in the most re­cent Na­tional Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion III poll, jumped out to a 25-10 lead af­ter the first quar­ter and took a 34-15 lead into the locker room, thanks in part to Daja Polk, who scored 20 points in the open­ing pe­riod.

Jet lag, hol­i­day rust and gen­eral fa­tigue seemed to take their toll on both teams in the sec­ond half, but the vis­it­ing War­riors (13-0) were able to keep the Lady Bob­cats at arm’s-length the rest of the way.

Polk fin­ished with 24 points. Nina Robin­son had 13 points and nine re­bounds, while Sha­nia Os­borne dropped in nine points and grabbed 12 re­bounds in the vic­tory.

Gra­cen Hobbs hit four 3-point­ers and fin­ished with a team-high 12 points for Ge­or­gia North­west­ern (4-8). Abby Dal­ton fin­ished with eight points, fol­lowed by Kate­lyn O’toole who had six points and added nine re­bounds.

Tori Har­vey was held to just three points, while Mia Clark, Han­nah Carr, Jer­ri­ale Jack­son and Des­tiny Will­banks all had two points apiece. Jack­son fin­ished with a team-best 11 re­bounds.

Both Ge­or­gia North­west­ern teams were slated to be in ac­tion again on Tues­day (Jan. 8) against Bar­ber-sco­tia Col­lege from North Carolina, but GNTC Ath­letic Di­rec­tor David Stephen­son an­nounced on Mon­day that the games had been can­celled.

/ Scott Herpst

Kate­lyn O’toole drives in against Sha­nia Os­borne of Mas­sas­oit Com­mu­nity Col­lege dur­ing the Lady Bob­cats’ game in Rossville this past Satur­day night.

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