Darton’s Iesha Bonner (23) tries to wrestle the ball away from South Georgia Tech’s Shaqueta Snow (3) and Nikkei Blackburn (22) on Saturday. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
ALBANY — Darton State College gave it a run.
They led undefeated South Georgia Tech for most of the afternoon on Saturday. But with three minutes left, the Lady Jets took the lead for good and held off the Lady Cavaliers 71-66.
Darton led by a point at halftime and for most of the second half. But South Georgia Tech took over late.
“It was a great game and South Georgia Tech is really good,” said Darton women’s coach Lea Henry. “I thought we had a chance there, but they stepped up and made several shots there at the end.”
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Darton (19-7, 11-7 region), who has three games left before the region tournament begins on Feb. 25.
Shanae Armbrister had a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds, while teammate Jasmine Wilson scored 19 points and finished with five rebounds. Forward Kadaysha Jones finished with six assists, 12 points and six rebounds.
South Georgia Tech had five players finish in double figures. Shameekia Murray led the way with 20 points, while Alexia Somerset added 15. Shaqueta Snow finished with 14, while Nikkei Blackburn and TaQuandra Mike added 10 points each.
“I’m proud of the way they played,” Henry said. “If we get a chance to play them again in the region tournament, I think today gave us a lot of confidence.”
The Lady Cavs will play host to Albany Technical College on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN WOMEN FALL TO GEORGIA COLLEGE: A strong surge by Georgia College in the second half sent the Lady Bobcats to a 76-62 victory over visiting Georgia Southwestern on Saturday.
Despite shooting a high percentage from the floor (39 percent to 36), the Lady Hurricanes were outscored 51-30 in the second half.
Guard Shanedra Lockett led the way for GSW (8-12 overall, 3-10 Peach Belt Conference) with 17 points, while Shatoria Hudson and Jasmine McSwain finished with 10 points each.
Georgia College improved to 14-5 and 7-5 in Peach Belt Conference play.
Georgia Southwestern will be back in action on Wednesday when they play host to Montevallo at 5:30 p.m.
GEORGIA COLLEGE MEN 72, GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN 64: Kevin Burnell came off the bench to lead Georgia Southwestern with 19 points but it wasn’t enough as the Hurricanes were upended at Georgia College in Milledgeville on Saturday.
Daryl Davis added 17 points, while Johathan Brooks and Derrick Dawkins tossed in six points each for GSW (17-6, 9-5 PBC).
The Bobcats shot 48.1 percent from the floor (26-of-54) and 50 percent from 3-point range (5-of-10) as they improved to 8-12 overall and 4-9 in conference play.
Things did start off well for the Hurricanes, who led 31-22 at halftime.