LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Lady Rams snap losing streak with sweep of Paine

AUGUSTA — Albany State had lost four non-conference softball games in a row coming into Thursday’s doubleheader against Paine College.

A return to conference play turned out to be the perfect cure for that losing streak.

The Lady Rams stayed atop the conference’s East Division with a pair of wins (9-2 and 11-3) against lowly Paine, which remained at the bottom of the division standings. ASU is now 21-24 overall and 19-3 in conference play.

In the opener, sophomore Chaconna Marks homered, while freshman pitcher Chelsea Hicks got the win.

It was the Shaywona Marks show in Game 2, where the junior hit a home run and was the winning pitcher.

ASU plays again at 4 p.m. today against Claflin, which is in third place in the East Division but eight games behind the Lady Rams.

SGT’S MCCALL NAMED ALL-AMERICAN: South Georgia Tech’s Shontae McCall was an easy choice for Region XVII Player of the Year last month — but that was just the start of the postseason awards for the 6-foot-1 sophomore guard.

McCall was recently selected as a First-Team All-American after leading the Lady Jets to one of their best seasons in school history.

“This is a tremendous honor for South Georgia Technical College and especially for Shontae McCall,” Lady Jets coach Brandan Harrell said. “I am extremely proud of Shontae. She has worked very hard over the past two years. Her dedication and hard work has really paid off.”

McCall helped lead the Lady Jets to a perfect 18-0 regular-season region record, and averaged 17 points, six assists, 10 rebounds and three steals per game.

McCall, who is a marketing management major, is expected to graduate this summer. She is currently considering her d options for playing basketball with a four-year college or university next season.

ASU TENNIS: Benedict knocked the ASU women’s tennis team out of the conference tournament Thursday with a 5-1 victory in the opening round.

The Lady Rams avoided getting swept thanks to the doubles team of Crystal Legrand and Ashley Bynum, who defeated Benedict’s Chloe Jean-Charles and India Cowell.

ASU’s Brittany White and Reanah Kellogg lost their doubles match, 8-0, while the doubles team of Jasmine Williams and Jasmine Livingston lost, 8-1.

ASU singles players Legrand, White and Kellogg were all swept in straight sets.