Albany Tech’s Tajai Pearson splits a pair of Georgia Perimeter defenders on her way to the basket during Saturday’s Region XVII game, which the Lady Titans lost in overtime. (Staff Photo: John Millikan)
ALBANY — Trying to prevent back-to-back home losses for the first time this season, the Albany Tech women’s basketball team took a three-point lead into Saturday’s second half against Region XVII rival Georgia Perimeter.
However, the visiting Lady Jaguars came back to force overtime, where they outscored the Lady Titans 10-9 to hang on for the 73-72 victory.
The loss dropped Albany Tech to 10-9 overall and 5-6 in the region and sent the Lady Titans falling further behind the Region XVII front-runners with less than a month left in the season. The Lady Titans are currently in fifth place in the region standings but are three games behind fourth-place Darton in the win column.
Albany Tech started the game 0-for-15 from the field and didn’t hit a field goal until just over 13 minutes were left in the first half, but the Lady Titans charged back and took a 28-25 lead into halftime.
Toni Grier led Albany Tech with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Quiondra Darrisaw added 14 points. Tajai Pearson came off the bench to score 10 points, grab 10 rebounds and swat five Lady Jaguar shots.
GEORGIA PERIMETER MEN 75, ALBANY TECH 72: The visiting Jaguars overcame a halftime deficit to hand Albany Tech its fourth straight loss.
The Titans (8-13, 2-9) were led by Loren Hall and Rawlings Okivie, who each scored 14 rebounds. Former Westover star Brandon Hudson came off the bench to add 10 points and four rebounds.
Albany Tech will try to snap its losing streak and win for just the second time since Dec. 14 when the Titans next play Wednesday at Atlanta Metro.
CLAFLIN MEN 70, ALBANY STATE 60: Montel Williams scored a game-high 21 points to lead Claflin, which moved the Panthers above .500 in the SIAC East Division standings at 5-4. Albany State fell to 8-9 overall and 5-4 in the conference.
The Rams were led in scoring by Joe Williams with 13 points, while former Worth County standout Jamorris Gaines added 11 points.
Albany State next plays Thursday at Clark Atlanta.
CLAFLIN WOMEN 72, ALBANY STATE 68 (OT): Albany State saw its six-game winning streak snapped and failed to take over the No. 1 spot in the SIAC East Division standings with the overtime loss.
With the come-from-behind win, the Lady Panthers improved their record to 7-1 in the conference and 11-7 overall, while the Lady Rams fell to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in the SIAC.
The contest was deadlocked at the end of regulation thanks to Claflin’s Shakiema Ravenell’s layup with six seconds left that tied the game at 61-61.
In the extra period, the Lady Panthers took the lead for good as Ravenell drove down the lane for an easy basket, giving the home team a 66-64 lead with 2:41 left.
From that point, the Lady Panthers scored six of the last 10 points.
Albany State was led by Kourtney Alexander with a game-high 20 points, and Amber McKenzie added 13.
The contest was close throughout the first half with the Lady Rams holding an eight-point lead twice.
Claflin led only once in the opening half, scoring the game’s first basket.
CENTRAL GEORGIA TECH WOMEN 76, DARTON 58: With third place in the Region XVII standings on the line, Central Georgia Tech completed a season sweep of Darton, handing the Lady Cavs their third largest loss of the season.
The Lady Cavs, winners of seven of their last eight entering Saturday’s game, turned the ball over 30 times in the loss. Shanae Armbrister led the Lady Cavs with 21 points, 12 rebounds and five steals, but Jasmine Wilson (10 points) was the only other Darton player in double figures.
Darton (16-7, 8-5) trailed by 12 points at halftime and cut Central Georgia Tech’s lead to single digits several times in the second half but couldn’t make the final push for a third straight win.
GSW MEN 86, COLUMBUS STATE 80: After taking a double-digit lead into the second half, the Hurricanes allowed Columbus State back into the game, and the visiting Cougars eventually took the lead with 1:40 left in the game on a 3-pointer from RJ Sessions.
However, after Sessions’ trey gave Columbus State a 77-75 lead, the Hurricanes went on a 9-0 run to reclaim the lead and put the game away.
GSW (16-3, 8-2 Peach Belt Conference) has now won four straight and stays in a tie for first in the PBC West Division with Montevallo.
Johathan Brooks keyed the Hurricanes’ win with 28 points and eight rebounds, while Alan Arnett added 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Daryl Davis and Kevin Burnell added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for GSW.
COLUMBUS STATE WOMEN 75, GSW 62: Georgia Southwestern junior Tiara Thompson had another big night with 24 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Hurricanes, who fell to 7-10 overall and 2-8 in the Peach Belt Conference.
Shanedra Lockett also finished with 19 points and five rebounds for GSW, which plays again Wednesday at PBC foe Lander.