LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Taylor leads Westover to 9th-place finish in state meet

Westover's Ericka Taylor finished seventh in Saturday's GHSA Class AAAA state cross country meet.

Westover's Ericka Taylor finished seventh in Saturday's GHSA Class AAAA state cross country meet.

CARROLTON — Westover’s Ericka Taylor finished her remarkable career in high school cross county on Saturday with a seventh-place finish in the Class AAAA state meet, leading the Westover girls team to a ninth-place finish.

Clay Sheffield finished 47th in the boys field and led Westover’s boys team to a 19th-place finish in the state, just ahead of Worth County, which was led by Dale Pate, who won the Region 1-AAAA title last week. Pate finished 40th and was the top boys runner from the area. The Rams finished 21st at the state meet.

Taylor leaves her mark on the Westover program like no one before her.

“Ericka ran a good race, but she just didn’t have enough today,” Westover athletic director Harley Calhoun said of his premier runner.

Taylor has battled injuries throughout her high school career, and leaves with one state title under her belt. She won the state title as a sophomore.

“She gave it her all (on Saturday),’’ Calhoun said. “She was in the top five until the last half a mile and finished seventh. She got up there on the podium. I told her after the race that, ‘You have had a wonderful career at Westover. You have set the standard at Westover.’ ”

Calhoun said there’s no one like her.

“She’s the greatest distance runner in the history of Westover,’’ he said. “She set the standard for every girl who comes after her. She owns the school record (18:59), she has had more victories than anyone in Westover history, and she won a state championship.

Playoff-bound Westover closes regular season with win against Albany

ALBANY — Westover overcame a halftime deficit Saturday to beat Albany, 20-7, and win its fifth straight game heading into next week’s opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

The Patriots, who got TDs from Jackie Childs, Dalviness Greene and T.J. Cromer, finished the regular season with a 7-3 record and will host Jonesboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the playoffs.

Albany (1-8), which led 7-6 at halftime, got its lone TD from Andrico Carter.

Westover finished second in the Region 1-AAAA standings, while Albany tied for last place with Dougherty with 1-6 records in the region.

Hot-shooting Hurricanes pick up first win

AMERICUS - Newcomer Alan Arnett came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points, grab a game-high seven rebounds and lead the Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team to a 67-62 win over Brevard College on Saturday afternoon in the Storm Dome.

The Hurricanes evened their record at 1-1 while Brevard fell to 0-2.

GSW grabbed a 7-0 lead and held the Tornados scoreless for the opening 6:50 before BC went on a 10-2 run to pull ahead of the Hurricanes.

The game remained close until the end of the first half when GSW scored 10 unanswered points in a two minute span, capped by a 3-pointer from Arnett, and led 31-19.

BC's Dominique Pickett and Arnett swapped 3-pointers over the final 1:03 of the first half to make the halftime score 34-22.

The Hurricanes held an 18-5 points off turnover advantage over the opening 20 minutes.

A layup by Milos Kleut on Southwestern's opening possession of the second half gave GSW a 14-point lead, 36-22.

BC pulled within seven points on three different occasions before Jamon Hawkins delivered a 3-pointer with 4:30 left that opened the GSW advantage to a game-high 15 points.

BC eventually clawed within nine after Pickett sank a free throw with 35 seconds remaining.

The Hurricanes followed by missing three of six free throws.

Pickett made a 3-pointer and BC teammate Gerel Simmons added a free throw and a 3-point basket of his own in the closing seconds to round out the scoring.

In the second half it was BC with the points off turnovers advantage (12-7).

After going to the line for 30 free throws in the opener against Fort Valley State, GSW added 28 attempts on Saturday. The Hurricanes struggled from the charity stripe and connected on only 14. Southwestern actually shot a better field goal percentage than free throw percentage. GSW shot a sizzling 54.8 percent from the floor against BC.

The Tornados shot 45.7 percent.

GSW held the advantage in rebounds (31-21), points off turnovers (25-17) and points in the paint (28-20).

Southwestern had three players score in double figures as Hawkins and Austin Kelly scored 12 points apiece to join Arnett.

Pickett led all scorers with 22 points. Simmons added 15 for BC.

The Hurricanes resume their five-game home stand on Saturday (11/17) against local foe Albany State at 7:30 p.m.

Southern Indiana soars past Lady Hurricanes

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Lady Hurricanes came into Saturday's contest between Southern Indiana looking to earn their first victory of the 2012-13 season, but a strong offensive performance from a hot shooting Southern Indiana team proved to be too much as GSW fell to the Screaming Eagles, 81-64, Saturday afternoon in the second and final game of the McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off Classic.

Georgia Southwestern (0-2) was once again led by freshman post player Jasmine McSwain. The rookie followed up her impressive Hurricane debut with another great showing for the Blue & Gold.

McSwain had 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting in 27 minutes of action. The rookie also proved to be just as effective on the defensive side as well as she led both teams on the day with four steals.

Senior forward Briana Walker contributed 11 points and sophomore guard Danisha Greene, a transfer from Daytona State College, chipped in 13 points giving Southwestern three double figure scorers on the afternoon.

Southern Indiana (2-0) was led by guard Taylor Stevenson. Stevenson proved to be red hot from behind the arc as she was a perfect 5-5 from three on the day and finished with a game- high tying 19 points.

GSW returns to action Nov. 17 to take on Valdosta State in the Storm Dome at 5:30 p.m.