LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: ATC women win opener, men stunned; Byne, SCA hoops teams open season

Albany Tech women's basketball coach Kenneth Williams

Albany Tech women's basketball coach Kenneth Williams

BARNESVILLE — Shakima Wiggins’ first game in an Albany Tech uniform was one to remember Thursday evening.

The sophomore transfer from Georgia Perimeter scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Lady Titans to a 66-22 victory in their season opener against host Gordon College.

Ten out of the 12 players on the Lady Titans’ roster scored in the game, including sophomore Bianca Fennessee, who had seven points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

“It’s always nice to start the season off on a winning note,” Lady Titans coach Kenneth Williams said. “But we still have a whole lot of things to work on. We are going to get back in the gym and correct some of them.”

Albany Tech returns to the court Tuesday on the road against Middle Georgia Tech.

TITANS LOSE SHOCKER IN SECOND GAME OF YEAR: A week after opening up its season with a 40-point win against Brewton-Parker, the Albany Tech men’s basketball took a step back Thursday.

Playing that same Brewton-Parker team — this time on the road — the Titans (1-1) lost, 73-67.

“We just didn’t come out ready to play,” Albany Tech coach Sylvester Patterson said. “We let the game stay close, and they wanted it more than we did. It was one of those nights where we couldn’t buy a basket and we had a lot of turnovers.”

The Titans led by four points with six minutes left, but Brewton-Parker ended the game on a 22-12 run.

Sophomore Jamorris Gaines, a graduate of Worth County High, led the Titans with 15 points, while freshman Antonio Allen chipped in eight points.

The Titans will next play in a classic at South Georgia Tech in Americus this weekend. They will play USC Salkehatchie today and Gulf Coast College on Saturday.

BYNE, SCA HOOPS TEAMS OPEN SEASONS: The Byne Christian and Sherwood Christian Academy boys and girls basketball teams opened the season early this year as all four participated in Byne’s home tournament.

Grace Christian out of Bainbridge beat SCA, 43-23, in the opener behind 10 points from Rachel Harrell, while Victoria Davidson added nine for the Lady Eagles. Highland Christian’s girls then routed Byne, 48-27, despite 12 points from the Lady Saints’ Heather Horne and 11 from Megan Ebel.

In boys action, Sherwood dominated Grace, 72-41, thanks to 17 points from Patrick Stanford and 10 from T.J. Clay. Grace was led by Phillips Bowen’s 14.

Highland crushed Byne, 71-41, despite 15 points from the Saints’ Breland Johnson.

EX-THOMASVILLE HOOPS STAR CARTER SIGNS WITH GA. TECH: Georgia Tech first-year coach Brian Gregory has added the biggest name to his first recruiting class by signing highly rated forward Robert Carter from Shiloh High School in Snellville.

At 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, Carter adds important size to the class. He is rated among the nation’s top 15 power forwards by Rivals and ESPN.

Carter will play his senior season at Shiloh after averaging 20.3 points, 14 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game at Thomasville High last year.

Carter joins guard Chris Bolden of North Gwinnett and forward Marcus Hunt of North Clayton as Georgia Tech signees in the early signing period.