DALLAS, Ga. — The Georgia Highlands women’s basketball team had only lost one game at home all season entering Saturday’s home finale against Darton State College.
That didn’t seem to matter to the visiting Lady Cavs, who led from start to finish and continued their late-season surge with a 69-62 victory, keeping slim hopes alive of climbing into third place in the Region XVII standings.
For now, the Lady Cavs are guaranteed at least a No. 4 seed in the region tournament after winning for the fifth time in their last six games heading into Wednesday’s regular-season finale at home against Chattahoochee Tech.
On Saturday, Jasmine Wilson scored 26 points to lead the Lady Cavs, and Kadayasha Jones added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Also for Darton, Cedricka Sweeting and Shanea Armbrister scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Cavs (21-8, 13-6) jumped out to a 12-1 lead and led 42-28 at halftime, but Georgia Highlands (21-6, 14-3) — the No. 2 team in the region standings — stormed back in the second half and pulled to within three points with two minutes left thanks to an Amber Curtis 3-pointer. However, that was as close as the Lady Chargers would get.
DARTON BASEBALL SPLITS: The Darton State baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday with host Central Alabama Community College, the No. 1-ranked team in the NJCAA and the defending national champions.
In the opener, CACC broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the sixth inning to win, 3-0, but the Cavs bounced back in Game No. 2 with a 3-1 victory.
In the nightcap, Darton fell behind 1-0 in the third inning but took the lead in the fifth inning on a Trey Haygood two-run single. Riliani Familia singled in Brandon Sharpe in the sixth inning with a two-out hit to put Darton ahead 3-1.
Brandon Goldsmith was the winning pitcher in the second game and allowed just one hit and one run in five innings. Cordele native Davis Adkins got the two-inning save and allowed one hit.
Darton ace John Harman started the first game and gave up just two hits in the first five innings before CACC jumped on him in the bottom of the sixth and scored three runs. Harman finished with game with eight strikeouts, one walk and four hits.
At the plate in the opener, the Cavs found just two hits — a pair of singles from Ventavis Jerger and Luis Salas.
The Cavs (4-6) play again Tuesday in Dothan, Ala., against Wallace State.
DARTON SOFTBALL DOMINATES: The Lady Cavs routed Alabama Southern and Northwest Florida State on Saturday to stretch their winning streak to three games after a season-opening loss to Middle Georgia.
In the opener against Alabama Southern, the Lady Cavs pounded out 17 hits and three home runs to win, 13-3, and then Darton crushed Northwest Florida, 9-2.
Starting pitcher Jostlyn Higgerson got her first win of the season against Alabama Southern, while Sommar Wright picked up win No. 1 of her college career against Northwest Florida.
The Lady Cavs belted five home runs during the day with Melissa Dearth, Emily Church, Bree Wells and Katelynn Johnson going yard.
Darton plays at noon today against Gulf Coast Community College and then again at 3 p.m. against Chipola.
ASU BASEBALL DROPS TWO: The Rams were swept Saturday in a doubleheader at Florida Southern and fell to 2-8 overall. Host Florida Southern won the opener, 14-5, and then cruised in the nightcap, 12-5.
In the first game, ASU starter John Paul Benard lasted just a third of an inning and took the loss after allowing four hits and six runs and walking two. The rest of the Rams’ pitching staff didn’t fare much better as Florida Southern racked up 17 hits. The Rams’ leading hitter was former Westover star Jacob Campbell, who was 3-for-5.
In the second game, Florida Southern jumped on ASU early with four runs in the first inning and then added six more in the third inning.
Leesburg native and starting pitcher Andrew Bacon took the loss for the Rams after tossing 2.2 innings and allowing 10 hits and 10 runs. At the plate, Campbell had two hits and an RBI.
LADY RAMS SWEPT: The Albany State softball team fell to 0-4 Saturday with two losses to Rollins College.
In the opener, Rollins pitcher Niki Fogle held the Lady Rams to one hit — a double from Alexa Lopez — en route to a 9-0, five-inning victory. ASU’s Chelsea Hicks threw all five innings and allowed nine hits, seven earned runs and two walks.
In the second game, Rollins scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to win, 2-0.
ASU ace Lopez kept Rollins off the scoreboard for the first three innings but ended up taking the loss, allowing four hits, one earned run, no walks and four strikeouts. Domonique Bryant, Chelsea Hicks and Malea Maye recorded ASU’s lone hits.
GEORGIA REGENTS MEN 78, GSW 65: The Georgia Southwestern men’s basketball team dropped another Peach Belt Conference game on Saturday, which is the Hurricanes’ fourth loss in their last six games.
GSW (18-7, 10-6) remains second in the PBC West Division standings after falling behind 20 points at halftime to Georgia Regents. The Hurricanes outscored Georgia Regents, 45-38, in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to prevent their fourth road loss this season.
Daryl Davis and Johathan Brooks both scored 21 points to lead the Hurricanes, and Alan Arnett added 14 points. No other GSW player scored more than four points.
GSW WOMEN 77, GEORGIA REGENTS 69: The Lady Hurricanes overcame a five-point halftime deficit to snap a four-game skid on Saturday.
Shanedra Lockett led the way for GSW (9-14) with 24 points on 10-of-13 from the field, while Tiara Thompson and Jasmine McSwain both added 15 points.
The Lady Hurricanes return to action Wednesday at USC Aiken.