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March 26, 2007

GPC basketball teams earn their way back to national tournament

It was a decorated season for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s and women’s basketball programs capped by both teams earning back-to-back trips to the national championship tournament this season.

In Hutchinson, Kan., the site of the National Junior College Athletic Association men’s basketball national tournament, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team fell 74-66 in the consolation-round semifinals to Southwest Tennessee Community College on March 23.

A 75-64 first round loss to Chipola College tossed the Jaguars into the consolation bracket. GPC bounced back with a 71-66 quarterfinal win over Bevil State.

“This team fought hard all year to make it to the national tournament and I am proud of what they were able to accomplish,” GPC head coach Alfred Barney said.

The Jaguars got 18.3 points per game in the tournament from sophomore guard Jocolby Davis and 14 points per game from Fred Brathwaite, the team’s leading scorer.

GPC won its second consecutive Region 17 conference tournament championship and finished the season with 26 wins and seven losses.

For the Lady Jaguars, their national championship hopes ended in the first round with a heartbreaking 66-64 loss to Central Arizona on March 21, in Salina, Kan.

“I think if a couple of shots fall for us, it ends up different,” said Georgia Perimeter head coach James Waldon.

The first round loss propelled GPC (25-7) to a consolation quarterfinal match-up against defending national champion Monroe Community College, who eliminated the Lady Jaguars 74-51.

Sophomore Phebe Smith, GPC’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaged 15 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in the tournament.

Before entering the national tournament, the Lady Jaguars won 20 consecutive games and extended their conference game-winning streak to 40, the longest in the history of the women’s basketball program.

“And what is equally important,” according to Waldon, “is that this year’s team matched last year’s team accomplishment of an undefeated conference season.”

The Lady Jaguars also won their third consecutive Region 17 regular season and conference tournament championships as well as the NJCAA District 10 championship.

Smith and Brathwaite were also named conference players of the year, and Waldon was honored as Coach of the Year.

 

March 22, 2007

Lady Jaguars’ national championship run ends in quarterfinals

In its third consecutive trip to the national tournament, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team was eliminated in the consolation quarterfinal round, 74-51, by defending national champion Monroe Community College Thursday at the Bicentennial Center in Kansas.

Sophomore Phebe Smith led all scorers with 14 points and nine rebounds and Dequisha Davis chipped in nine points and five steals. Freshman Leslie Phillips grabbed nine rebounds for the Lady Jaguars and seven of them came on the offensive end.

The Lady Jaguars suffered a heartbreaking 66-64 loss to Central Arizona (31-2) in the first round Tuesday that propelled them to the consolation bracket.

GPC controlled much of the first period against the Vaqueras, but trailed 33-31 at the half. With three minutes remaining in the second half, the Lady Jaguars faced a nine-point deficit that seemed insurmountable against the 2005 national champions. GPC shaved Central Arizona’s lead to one point with 13.5 seconds left in regulation behind the 3-point shooting of Davis and a strong defensive effort. Georgia Perimeter grabbed the defensive rebound off Central Arizona’s missed attempt at a second free throw, trailing 66-64.

Ashley Hagans took a pass on the baseline and hoisted a shot from just inside the 3-point line as the clock ran out, but the attempt was too strong.

“I think if a couple of shots fall for us, it ends up different,” said Georgia Perimeter head coach James Waldon. “I was pleased with our defense.”

Defensively, the Lady Jaguars forced Central Arizona to 22 turnovers, including four critical errors that helped GPC close the gap down the stretch.

Smith was also the top scorer for the Lady Jaguars against Central Arizona with 16 points and 14 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. Davis finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Renee Jackson contributed nine points and four steals and April Snow and Britteny Henderson dropped eight points each.

The Lady Jaguars finished the season 25-7 and 3-2 in post-season play.

 

March 13, 2007

Lady Jaguars cruise back to nationals

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team claimed the National Junior College Athletic Association District 10 championship and earned its third consecutive trip to the national championship tournament with a 96-75 win over Louisburg College (24-4) Saturday.

The 18-ranked Lady Jaguars (25-5) are headed back to Salina, Kansas, the site of women’s basketball junior college national championship tournament, on March 20-24.

“It is a good feeling to lead this team back to the nationals because I didn’t get a chance to experience it last season,” said Georgia Perimeter sophomore Phebe Smith. “We did this as a team.”

After a 14-14 tie early in the first half, GPC opened a 53-34 halftime lead. Georgia Perimeter held off a brief second half run by the Lady Hurricanes for the win.

Dequisha Davis and Smith led the Lady Jaguars with 19 points each, followed by Britteny Henderson’s 17. Smith also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, while Davis contributed six rebounds and five assists as well. Renee Jackson and Ashley Hagans added 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Louisburg sophomore Kevina Ransom led all scorers with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field.

Georgia Perimeter has won its final 20 games of the season, the longest in the history of the women’s basketball program.

This year the goal for the Lady Jaguars is to go deeper in the national tournament than they did last season, losing in the second round.

“This time we have a team that we feel can compete at the national level,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “We are more talented and deeper than we were last year.”

The 12th seeded Lady Jaguars will take on the No. 5 seed Central Arizona (30-2) in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, March 21, at 12:00 p.m. (cst).

 

Three-Peat: Lady Jaguars get third straight tournament title

Three is a charm for the 18th-ranked Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team, winning its third consecutive Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference tournament championship in a 75-60 victory over Darton College Thursday in Albany, Georgia.

Phebe Smith, the tournament’s MVP, led all scorers with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Smith, who was also named the GJCAA Player of the Year, recorded her 13th double-double this season in the win and ranks fifth in the nation in rebounding with 13.6 rebounds per game.

“Phebe has a no-quit attitude and competes on every play,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “She is the heart and soul of our team and played big for us again tonight.”

The Lady Jaguars (24-5) will host Louisburg College (23-3), winner of Region 10 from North Carolina, on Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m., at the Decatur campus gymnasium in the National Junior College Athletic Association District 10 championship. The winner will advance to the national championship tournament at Salina, Kansas, on March 20.

Georgia Perimeter topped Truett-McConnell, 76-44, in the region semifinals on Wednesday. Sophomore Ashley Hagans led GPC with a team-high 18 points and 11 assists and Tonishia Wimbish added 12 points and six rebounds.

Joining Smith on the All-Tournament team were Leslie Phillips and April Snow. Snow contributed 7.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and two blocks per game, and Phillips averaged nine points, nine rebounds and three assists.

With the two tournament victories, Georgia Perimeter has won 19 consecutive games this season and extended its conference game winning streak to 40 games, the longest in the history of GPC’s women’s basketball program.

“It has been remarkable,” Waldon said. “And what is equally important is that this year’s team matched last year’s team accomplishment of an undefeated conference season.”

“The Lady Jaguars have done an outstanding job this season. We’re very proud of them,” said Dr. Anthony Tricoli, Georgia Perimeter College president. “Coach James Waldon and assistant coaches Christina Shafer and Donald Moore do a wonderful job building teamwork on the court while stressing the importance of success in the classroom.”

When asked about the prospect of returning to Kansas, the site of the national championship tournament, Waldon said, “We are one game away.”

 

February 21, 2007

GPC continues to roll against conference opponents

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team has been dominant in region 17 play over the past three years with 34 consecutive conference wins, including recent victories over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, 96-81, on Feb. 17 and Truett-McConnell College, 77-43, on Feb. 20.

GPC’s last conference loss came at the hands of Darton College on Jan.7, 2005. Since then the Lady Jaguars have ripped through the conference, winning the last three regular season and last two conference tournament championship titles.

With eight players in double-figures against ABAC, the 22th-ranked Lady Jaguars provided a balanced offensive attack. Ashley Hagans led GPC with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including two three-pointers. Tonishia Wimbish and Dequisha Davis added 13 each, Phebe Smith chipped in 12 points, Leslie Phillips and Renee Jackson contributed 11 points and Britteny Henderson finished with 10 points. Snow also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

As a team, the Lady Jaguars shot 81 percent (18-for-22) from the free throw line and 54 percent from the field. Phillips, Davis and Jackson accounted for 12 of GPC’s 18 steals with four a piece against the Fillies.

Henderson led all scorers in the win over Truett, contributing 17 points and five rebounds. Smith recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. In addition, Snow finished with12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks and Hagans 12 points, while Jackson dished a game-high 11 assists.

GPC will look to extend its winning streak Saturday in its final game against South Georgia Tech in a 2:00 p.m., match-up at the Decatur campus gymnasium.

 

February 21, 2007

Henderson receives Player of the Week honors

GPC sophomore forward Britteny Henderson was named the national Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 16, announced by the National Junior Athletic Association on Monday.

Henderson posted back-to-back double-double performances in wins over Darton College and Andrew College. She dropped 20 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in an 82-57 victory over Darton on Feb. 6. Henderson followed that with a 19-point, 10-rebound performance in only 13 minutes of play against Andrew on Feb. 10.

On the week, she shot 57 percent from the field (16-for-28) and 70 percent from the free throw line (7-for-10).  Henderson’s 16.7 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game rank among the nation’s leaders in both statistical categories.

She is the second GPC player to receive player of the week honors this season. The No. 22 ranked Lady Jaguars are 21-5 overall and 11-0 in conference play.

 

February 12, 2007

Lady Jaguars climb into top 25 national poll

With an 82-57 win over Darton last Tuesday, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team cracked the National Junior College Athletic Association top 25 at No. 24 in a poll released Feb. 7.

This marks GPC first time with a national ranking this season, despite three wins over nationally ranked opponents. The Lady Jaguars (19-5 and 9-0) are on a 14-game winning streak, which includes nine conference wins. GPC dropped its last contest Dec. 9 against Gulf Coast.

On Saturday, Georgia Perimeter claimed its 19th victory over Andrew College, 100-33, at home. Renee Jackson led four Lady Jaguars in double-figures with a team-high 21 points, while Britteny Henderson contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, Carla Nealy added a season-high 17 points and Tonishia Wimbish finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. 

Defensively, April Snow made her contribution with eight blocks and a team-high 13 rebounds. In the last three games, Snow averaged six blocks per game. Leslie Phillips also contributed on defense while also recording five points, five steals and five rebounds.

The Lady Jaguars will travel to face Abraham Baldwin in Tifton, Georgia, on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 p.m.

January 25, 2007

Georgia Perimeter rolls past ABAC

Renee Jackson tied her season-high with 27 points in Georgia Perimeter College’s rout of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 101-77 in conference action Wednesday to claim first place in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference.

Jackson scored on 12-of-13 from the field and dished four assists to lead GPC.

The Lady Jaguars (14-5, 3-0) scored 55 first half points and opened an 18-point halftime lead. Sophomore Ashley Hagans matched her career-high with 21 points, including 15 from behind the arc. Dequisha Davis added 18 points, while Phebe Smith contributed 11th double-double this season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore April Snow also grabbed 10 rebounds and finished with nine points.

As a team, Georgia Perimeter shot 50 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free throw line.

Next, GPC will host Truett-McConnell Saturday, Jan. 27, @ 2:00 p.m. All home games are played at the Decatur campus gymnasium.

 

January 21, 2007

Lady Jaguars prowl their way to eighth consecutive victory

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to eight games with victories of Louisburg College 73-61 on Saturday and No. 19 Chattanooga State Technical Community College 82-76 on Sunday at the Decatur campus gymnasium.

The victory over Chattanooga State marked GPC’s second win this season over a nationally ranked opponent. Before the break, GPC knocked off then 16th-ranked Chipola College 66-61 at home, where the Lady Jaguars hold a 7-1 record.

Phebe Smith, Georgia Perimeter’s leading scorer, recorded a double-double in both wins with 19 points and 15 rebounds against Louisburg followed by 22 points and 25 rebounds against Chattanooga State.

In Saturday’s match-up, Renee Jackson made good on 7-of-10 shooting from the field for 17 points and six assists, while April Snow made her defensive presence known with three blocks and eight rebounds. Jackson also added 21 points and six assists and Ashley Hagans finished with 15 points in the win over Chattanooga State.

As a team GPC shot 72 percent, hitting 13-of-18 free throws in the Chattanooga State game, an improvement from a dismal 38 percent (10-of-26) against Louisburg.

The Lady Jaguars (13-5, 2-0) will host Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m., for first place in the GJCAA conference.

 

January 17, 2007

Smith named NJCAA Player of the Week

Georgia Perimeter College sophomore Phebe Smith was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I women’s basketball Player of the Week for the week ending January 13.

Smith led GPC to two conference wins against Middle Georgia College 77-62 and Darton College 69-51 last week. In the conference opener against Middle Georgia, she recorded 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block and followed up with 23 points and 17 rebounds against Darton.

On the week, she went 14-of-23 from the floor and 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. She leads the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association in rebounds per game (13.3) and ranks fourth in scoring (16.1)

The Lady Jaguars (11-5, 3-0) will host Louisburg College Saturday, Jan. 20, at 1:00 p.m., and No. 19 Chattanooga State, Jan. 21, at 3:00 p.m. All GPC home games are played at the Decatur campus gymnasium.

 

January 16, 2007

Smith’s second half performance lifts GPC over Darton

After foul trouble sidelined her for most of the first half, sophomore Phebe Smith carried the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team to its second conference victory with a 69-51 win over Darton College on the road Saturday.

Smith finished with a game-high 23 points and 17 rebounds after the Lady Jaguars had difficulty converting on easy baskets in the first half and found themselves down four points at the half.

“Phebe was a key part to our success,” said GPC assistant coach Christina Shafer.

GPC’s trapping defense and the inside presence of April Snow with four blocks and Renee Shackleford with three blocks held Darton to 19 second half points.

Britteny Henderson also added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Jaguars. GPC outrebounded the Lady Cavaliers 57 to 39, including 29 on the offensive glass.

Georgia Perimeter (10-5, 2-0) will be on the road against Andrew College Wednesday, Jan.17, before hosting non-conference opponents Louisburg College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., and Chattanooga State on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

 

January 9, 2007

Lady Jaguars gear up for another conference run

With the brink of the conference season upon us, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team is picked to win the Georgia Junior College Region 17 conference for the third consecutive year.

GPC (8-5) currently holds a 23-game conference winning streak with a 23-1 record in the last two years. Georgia Perimeter’s last conference loss was in 2005 against Darton College. The Lady Jaguars completed a perfect 12-0 conference run last year and captured the regular season and conference tournament championships.

The dominating inside presence of Britteny Henderson and Phebe Smith is sure to carry the Lady Jaguars through the conference season. Henderson leads the team in scoring with 17 points per game and averages 9.5 rebounds. Smith contributes a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds per game, including six rebounds on the offensive glass, which ranks her ninth in the nation in rebounds per game and fifth in total rebounds (170).

Freshman Renee Jackson is the team’s third leading scorer (12.8 ppg) and assist leader with 4.8 assists per game. Sophomore Dequisha Davis adds eight points and four assists for the Lady Jaguars. GPC’s 6’2” post player April Snow alters shots, averaging 2.8 blocks per contest.

The Lady Jaguars are coming off a three-game winning streak with recent victories of Meridian Community College 73-63, No. 8 Chipola Community College 66-61 and Walters State Community College 58-52.

GPC opens the conference season with road games against Middle Georgia on Jan. 10, Darton College Jan. 13, and Andrew College Jan. 17, before hosting a five-game home stretch beginning with Abraham Baldwin, Jan. 24, and Truett McConnell Jan. 27. All Georgia Perimeter home games are played at the Decatur campus gymnasium.

 

December 6, 2006

GPC dished up its fifth victory over Spartanburg

In a 94-66 rout over Spartanburg Methodist College, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team dished a season-high 34 assists for its fifth victory Tuesday.

Sophomore Phebe Smith contributed eight assists and dropped 16 points. Freshman Renee Jackson was the high scorer with a season-high 21 points and seven assists while Britteny Henderson and Ashley Hagans added 19 points and 16 points, respectively.

Georgia Perimeter dominated the inside, outrebounding Spartanburg 55-36.

Last week the Lady Jaguars knocked off Meridian Community College 93-86 with five players scoring in double-digits. Henderson led the way for GPC with 24 points and 11 rebounds followed by Smith with 19 points and eight rebounds, Dequisha Davis 15 points and nine assists, Jackson with 13 points and Hagans 12 points and seven assists.

GPC transfer, April Snow, created havoc in the middle with five blocked shots, averaging four per contest.

The two wins improve GPC’s record to 5-3. The Lady Jaguars will play in the Gulf Coast Community College Christmas tournament Dec. 8 & 9, before hosting Chipola College on Friday, Dec. 15, at 6:00 p.m. to finish the first half of the season. All GPC home games are played at the Decatur campus gymnasium.

 

Nov. 27, 2006

GPC goes 1-1 in Thanksgiving Classic

Sophomore Phebe Smith recorded a game-high 27 points and 15 rebounds in a losing effort for Georgia Perimeter College as the Lady Jaguars fell 72-69 to Southwest Tennessee Community College on day two of the Thanksgiving Classic Saturday.

Smith dropped 18 points in the second half to help the Lady Jaguars erase a three-point halftime deficit, but they could not find the bottom of the net, shooting 36 percent (27-of-75) from the field and hitting only one of 18 attempts from behind the arc.

Britteny Henderson finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Renee Jackson added 14 points for Georgia Perimeter. April Snow also had four blocked shots in the contest.

Ashley Fields led the Lady Salquis with 19 points and seven rebounds. Southwest Tennessee received 38 points off the bench behind Keona Brooks’ 12 points, Jasmine Massey’s 11 points and Britany Sublet’s 12 points. 

Henderson had a game-high 34 points, including 22 in the first half as the Lady Jaguars downed Walters State Community College 79-66 in the first game of the classic on Friday. Jackson also finished with 17 points and six assists.

GPC (3-3) will be on the road Saturday, Dec. 2, against Meridian Community College, before hosting Chattanooga State Technical College on Sunday, Dec. 3, in a 4:00 p.m., match-up.

 

November 19, 2006

Lady Jaguars fold against Gulf Coast

A lack of offense in the second half led to the dismay of the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team as the Lady Jaguars fell 79-58 to Gulf Coast Community College at home Saturday.

Gulf Coast opened a 37-34 halftime lead and converted 28 points of 22 GPC turnovers. Georgia Perimeter’s offense slowed downed considerably in the second half, hitting only six field goals in the period.

Sophomores Dequisha Davis and Phebe Smith led GPC with 12 points each followed by Britteny Henderson’s 11 points and Renee Jackson’s 10 points. Smith also had a game-high nine rebounds.

The Lady Jaguars (2-2) will be on the road Tuesday, Nov. 21, against Denmark Technical College, before hosting their Thanksgiving Classic Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25, at 2:00 p.m. and 4 p.m., on both days.

 

November 12, 2006

Georgia Perimeter drops to 2-1

The No. 23 ranked Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team could not overcome a 41-21 halftime deficit in a 71-58 loss to Tallahassee Community College Saturday in the final day of the Chipola College Holiday Inn/Alzheimer’s Classic at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

Britteny Henderson and Phebe Smith recorded a double-double to lead the Lady Jaguars with 13 points and 10 rebounds and 12 points and 18 rebounds, respectively. Renee Jackson also added 10 points in GPC’s first loss of the season.

Lisa Jackson scored 15 points and snatched 12 rebounds for Tallahassee.

The win dropped GPC to 2-1, after a double-digit win over Pensacola in first day of classic Friday.

Georgia Perimeter will host Gulf Coast Community College Saturday, Nov. 18, at 3:00 p.m., at the Decatur campus gymnasium.

 

November 10, 2006

Smith leads GPC in victory over Pensacola

Georgia Perimeter College’s sophomore forward Phebe Smith poured in a game-high 34 points to carry the Lady Jaguars to an 84-71 over Pensacola Community College in the first day of the Chipola College Holiday Inn/Alzheimer’s Classic at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center Friday.

Smith had her way against Pensacola, shooting 15-of-17 from the floor and grabbing a game-high 19 rebounds including nine on the offensive glass.

GPC’s Britteny Henderson added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Leslie Phillips chipped in eight points and seven rebounds and Dequisha Davis added eight points and eight steals.

The Lady Jaguars are 2-0 on the season and will play Tallahassee Community College in a 12:00 p.m., match-up Saturday.

November 8, 2006

Lady Jaguars win season opener

The No. 23 ranked Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team topped Spartanburg Methodist College 83-57 in its season opener at home Tuesday.

Renee Jackson and Britteny Henderson scored 16 points each for the Lady Jaguars in the win, while Dequisha Davis and Ashley Hagans added 13 points and 12 points, respectively.

Georgia Perimeter’s bench outscored Spartanburg’s 35-17, while as a team the Lady Jaguars shot 47 percent (34-of-71) from the floor.

GPC’s Britteny Henderson added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Leslie Phillips chipped in eight points and seven rebounds and Dequisha Davis added eight points and eight steals.

The Lady Jaguars will travel to play in the Chipola College tournament against Pensacola Community College at 2:00 p.m., on Friday and Tallahassee Community College on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.