Albany State's April Thomas scored a career-high 29 points on Tuesday and also had four rebounds and three steals.
JACKSON, Tenn. — It’s unclear whether it’s a conference record or not, but Albany State women’s basketball coach Robert Skinner would just assume not attach his team’s name to Tuesday’s game against Lane College.
“We played horrible — had 35 turnovers, and we should’ve lost,” said Skinner after the 81-74 victory.
The Lady Rams’ coach then paused before adding with a half-hearted laugh: “The only reason we won because they also had 35 turnovers. It was sloppy.”
Nonetheless, chock up a win for Albany State, which improved to 5-8 overall and 5-4 in conference play as the Lady Rams get set to end a brutal road stretch Thursday at Kentucky State.
Former Bainbridge star April Thomas led the way with a career-high 29 points, four rebounds and three steals, while Brianna Fields and Symone Wilkerson each posted double-doubles (14 points, 12 rebounds for Fields and 11 points and 10 rebounds for Wilkerson) and Kourtney Alexander added 13 points.
ASU MEN 80, LANE 76: The rest of the conference had better watch out — because the Albany State men’s basketball team has suddenly found its mojo.
The Rams, which started off the season rough, are as hot as any team in the conference right now, winning three of their last four games, including Tuesday’s 80-76 victory against Lane College. In the past week, ASU has also beaten No. 1 Benedict and lost in overtime to No. 2 Paine.
“We’re been concentrating more on improving our weaknesses and the minute we started paying attention and doing that, we started being able to execute our game plan better,” ASU coach Chris Cameron said. “We’re playing with more confidence than ever right now.”
Rachard Lofton led the way with 17 points, followed by a double-double from former Worth County star Josh Alford (15 points, 10 rebounds). Marcus Benetiz and Jaren Harris each added 12 in the win.
ASU improved to 6-6 overall and 5-5 in conference play and is now one win away from matching last year’s win total — and the Rams still have 11 games left.
Next up? Kentucky State on Thursday — and the Rams are out for revenge after the Thorobreads beat ASU in Albany earlier this season.
SOUTH GEORGIA TECH WOMEN 63, MIDDLE GEORGIA 49: The Lady Jets are firmly in control of first place in the conference after Tuesday’s win, thanks to 28 points from Shontae McCall, who scored 20 of those from the free-throw line during a game that SGT coach Brandan Harrell called “total chaos.”
“There were 55 fouls called in the game,” he said. “It was crazy.”
SGT is now 12-8 overall and the only unbeaten team in Region XVII at 8-0.
The Lady Jets, who also got 12 points from Shay Holston, next host East Georgia on Saturday before traveling to Albany next week for a showdown with Albany Tech — the only conference team they’ve yet to play.
GEORGIA PERIMETER WOMEN 76, ALBANY TECH 53: The Lady Titans trailed by just two points with five minutes left, but ended up losing by 23, leaving coach Kenneth Williams speechless.
“I’m lost for words. I’ve never seen anything like that,” he said of the loss, which dropped the Lady Titans’ record to 11-7 overall and 3-4 in Region XVII. “We went on a run, got it close and then just started turning the ball over. It was ugly.”
Bianca Fennessee led the way with 19 points and 17 rebounds as ATC fell short of upsetting the No. 2 team in the conference.
The Lady Titans go back to work Saturday at home against Atlanta Metro.
GEORGIA PERIMETER MEN 63, ALBANY TECH 58: The Titans pushed the No. 1 team in Region XVII to the brink but came up short Tuesday as former Worth County star Jamorris Gaines led the way with 15 points.
GPC, which is unbeaten in conference play, pulled ahead by 10 early in the second half, but the Titans chipped away and got to within three points with a few seconds left, before GPC won it at the free-throw line.
“We knew we could play with them, but we’ll get them later at our place,” Ttitans coach Sylvester Patterson said.
Patrick Lewis added 11 points for ATC in the loss.
CENTRAL GEORGIA TECH WOMEN 83, ANDREW COLLEGE 52: The Lady Tigers’ slide continued Tuesday as they’ve now lost three games in a row since returning from holiday break and have watched their hot, unbeaten 6-0 start to the season cool off.
Angel Penn led the way with 13 points and Jebreal Alford added 12 points and nine rebounds for Andrew, which dropped to 10-8 overall and 0-6 in conference play.