South Georgia Tech women rebound from first loss, get 14th win of season against Shelton State

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

AMERICUS - Nothing adds inspiration like a loss.

The South Georgia Tech women's basketball team rebounded from its first non-victory of the season -- a 74-64 defeat at the hands of St. Petersburg (Fla.) on Sunday -- to top Shelton State (Ala.), 73-64, in the final game of the SGTC Classic in Americus on Monday.

"(All night), we missed the first shot, then got the second one after a putback," Lady Jets head coach Brandan Harrell said. "We just couldn't do that (Sunday), so (Monday) I felt like we were more in-sync offensively, and I thought we did a much better job defensively (as well)."

Ophelia McMath and Miriam Seale both scored 23 points to lead SGTC (14-1), and six of Seale's 12 rebounds were on offense.

"Thank goodness (for Seale). She just played with that extra little 'oomph,'" Harrell said. "We've seen that in spurts, but I don't know that I've seen it over a whole game like I did (Monday)."

The Lady Bucs (13-3) made it a one-possession game at 52-49 with 6:40 left on Meghan Dunn's 3-pointer, but didn't threaten the rest of the way.

"It was a decent win," McMath said. "Everybody stepped up and played the way they're supposed to."

McMath, who leads the team with 19.5 points per game -- No. 22 in the country -- had 10 points at halftime to lead her team to a 33-27 lead at the break. Seale had eight points and only three rebounds at that point, but stepped it up in the second half and finished 9-for-11 on free throws.

"Meriam really played big," Harrell said. "The biggest stat is her free-throw (shooting). She's like a 55 percent free-throw shooter on the year."

Naima Garcia added eight rebounds -- five of them offensive -- and Shontae McCall chipped in with eight points for South Georgia Tech, while Dunn led Shelton State with 21 points.

"It feels real good to get back on the winning track," said McCall, who came into the tournament averaging 11.0 rebounds per game, which was No. 10 in the country. "(Sunday) was kind of hard losing, but we can't win all of them. So we learned from that mistake and did better."

The Lady Jets play again at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at home against Atlanta Metro College. Their home game against Middle Georgia -- originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday -- was canceled.


ST. PETERSBURG 79, DARTON COLLEGE 55: The Lady Cavaliers only shot 26.1 percent from the field as they lost their second game at the SGTC Classic in Americus on Monday.

Christina Brown had eight points to lead Darton (9-7), which lost its fourth straight.

"We struggled from the floor," said Darton head coach Laura Blackwell, whose team lost to Shelton State, 80-49, in Sunday's tournament opener. "Of course, (St. Petersburg) is a good team. We shot poorly, but we were still hanging in the ball game, so I'm still optimistic about the season. We just have to keep throwing (shots) up there and (hope for the best)."

The Lady Cavaliers will have a shootaround this morning to better prepare for their first conference game against East Georgia College at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at home.

Nathalie Felipa (19 points), Jasmine Rodriguez (16) and Angela Tompkins (15) led the Lady Titans.