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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Darton women’s hoops set for home region duel today vs. East Georgia; GSW women stay hot, crush Coastal Georgia

Michelle Mitchell leads the Darton women is scoring currently with 16.5 points a game.

Michelle Mitchell leads the Darton women is scoring currently with 16.5 points a game.

ALBANY — The Darton College women’s basketball team is scheduled to face East Georgia College today at 6 p.m. at Cavalier Arena.

The Lady Cavs enter the game 2-2 in Region XVII play as they go into their first meeting with East Georgia, while the Lady Bobcats are 0-3 in the conference. But Darton College head coach Lea Henry dismissed her upcoming opponents’ losing streak as growing pains — and that Darton should be wary of a hungry team.

Henry said that the Lady Bobcats are going through many of the changes that the Lady Cavaliers have experienced this season, such as a new head coach and a new system. Like Henry, East Georgia head coach Bud Childers led a successful NCAA D-I program before joining the NJCAA.

“I’m sure his kids will play very hard and they’ll be well-coached,” she said.

But if Darton keeps playing like it has in the last month, East Georgia may have its hands full.

Darton College is ranked second in the conference in average points scored per game (73), and, on average, allows only 47.5 points against. East Georgia, meanwhile, averages 52.2 points per game, with 51.6 against.

Michelle Mitchell leads the Lady Cavs in scoring with a 16.5-points-per-game average. Teammates Chanteniece Fann and Crystal Reed lead the conference in field goal percentage (62 and 64 percent, respectively).


GSW WOMEN ROLL TO FIRST WIN SINCE HOLIDAY BREAK:

After three weeks off for the holidays, GSW shook off the early rust Wednesday to down Coastal Georgia, 90-79, on Wednesday night.

Terra Branch, the third-leading scorer in the Peach Belt Conference, paced the Lady Hurricanes with 21 points on an efficient 8-14 shooting from the field. The senior guard also tallied five steals and three assists in addition to leading the Blue & Gold in scoring. She was supported by fellow senior Jessica Jones, who recorded the game’s only double-double with 18 points and eleven rebounds. The duo represented two of GSW’s five double-digit scorers with Tania Walters (15 points), Jessica Bivins (11) and Briana Walker (11) rounding out the scoring for GSW.

Junior forward Adrian Randall added nine rebounds and four blocks in addition to her four points.

After a three-week wait before Wednesday night’s game, GSW will only have three days before their next game. GSW next travels to Lander University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.