LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Paine women top ASU; Rams get crucial win

ALBANY — The Albany State women’s basketball team’s conference tourney hopes are fading fast.

Paine College made sure of that Thursday.

The Lady Rams (8-16, 8-12) lost, 69-66, despite three players scoring in double figures: April Thomas and Symone Wilkerson (both with 15 points) and Breanna Fields (10).

The ASU men, meanwhile, kept their hopes of making the field in less than two weeks alive with a 91-79 win against Paine.

Jaren Harris (26 points), Rachard Lofton (16), Joshua Alford (16) and Marcus Benitez (11) led the way for the Rams (11-13, 10-13)

Both teams play their regular-season home finales Saturday against Claflin.

Darton women crush Chattahoochee Tech, 68-41; SGT women roll again, now one win from first perfect region season ever

ALBANY — The Darton College women’s basketball team stomped Chattahoochee Tech on Thursday night, 68-41, thanks to one heck of a game by leading scorer Michelle Mitchell.

Mitchell, a freshman from Eastman, pulled down a season- and career-high 23 rebounds, and also scored 23 points to lead the Lady Cavs (18-7 overall, 12-4 in Region XVII) to a win that keeps them tied for second place with Middle Georgia and Georgia Perimeter in the conference heading into Saturday’s regular-season finale at Albany Tech.

Chanteniece Fann added eight points and 13 rebounds in the win, which secured Darton — at the very least — a first-round region tournament game at home when it begins next week.

SOUTH GEORGIA TECH WOMEN 71, ATLANTA METRO 42: The Lady Jets (23-8 overall, 17-0 in Region XVII) won easily Thursday night and now are within one victory Saturday in their regular-season finale at home against Middle Georgia from the first perfect region season in the program’s eight-year history.

Shontae McCall led SGT with 17 points, 12 rebounds seven assists and four steals. Manon Cherubini added 12 points and nine assists, and Krysta Wood had 11 points and eight rebounds.