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April 17, 2013

Garrett earns All-America award; commits to play for Troy University

Ronita Garrett, who produced a triple-double and a truckload of double-doubles for the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars in the 2012-13 season, recently was selected to the National Junior College All-America third team.

Ronita Garrett

A six-foot sophomore forward, Garrett finished the season with a 20.1 points-per-game average, leading the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, which is Region 17 of the NJCAA.

Garrett recently committed to play for Troy University in Troy, Ala., next season. The Trojans are an NCAA Division 1 team that plays in the Sun Belt Conference.

Dominating in the middle offensively and defensively, dangerous from the 3-point line and deceptively fast in transitions, Garrett led the Jaguars to the Region 17 tournament final four.

A prolific rebounder (12.4 per game, second in the conference), she posted 23 double-doubles and had a triple-double (28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists) in January against Chattahoochee Tech, the eventual tournament runner-up.

Head coach James Waldon said he’d never seen a triple-double by one of his players in his 15 years at the helm of the Georgia Perimeter women’s basketball program.

“What she has done is pretty remarkable when you take into consideration that she was the focal point of most teams' defense,” Waldon said. “She was that person they needed to stop, but she still found a way to produce like she did.”

Garrett put up an excellent free throw percentage (74.8, third in the league), and her 3-point percentage (35.6) was fifth in the GCAA. She was sixth in the conference in steals per game (2.9) and her field goal percentage (47.3) ranked her 14th in the conference.

The GCAA scoring leader with 20.1 points per game, Ronita Garrett posted 22 double-doubles and a triple-double for the Jaguars.

In the first round of the GCAA tournament, Garrett scored 26 points, which, combined with Larissa Stafford’s 41, accounted for the 97-90 upset of No. 2 seed Central Georgia Tech in overtime, sending seventh seed GPC to the tourney semifinals.

The Jaguars lost 64-61 to Chattahoochee Tech in the semifinal, but Garrett poured in 24 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

Troy University head coach Chanda Rigby had a good look at Garrett a year ago at the NJCAA national tournament in Salina, Kansas. At the time, Rigby was coaching Pensacola State College, which defeated Georgia Perimeter 70-57 in the quarterfinals. Garrett led the Jaguars in that game with 12 points.

“We are so excited about having Ronita Garrett sign to play with Troy University,” Rigby said. “We run a very high-scoring, fast-paced offense, and Ronita will be crucial to accomplishing what we are trying to do in the new era of women’s basketball here at Troy.”

Garrett, who averaged 10 points and nine rebounds per game in her freshman season at GPC, hails from McCormick High School in McCormick, South Carolina. She led McCormick to three consecutive region championships and earned two conference MVP awards, averaging nearly 30 points per game her senior year, when the Chiefs finished with a 20-1 record.

“She went from being a role player for us off the bench her freshman year to being our number one go-to person this year,” Waldon said. “Seeing her mature on a daily and nightly basis was kind of special. Troy is getting a fantastic player, who I believe is just scratching the surface as to what she can become.”

The only other GCAA player to make the All-America team was Darton State College’s Michelle Mitchell, a sophomore guard who was named GCAA Player of the Year. She was selected to the All-America second team.

Garrett is the second GPC athlete to receive an All-America berth this academic year. In December women’s soccer defender Alex Truitt was named to the NJCAA All-American first team.

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March 5, 2013

Garrett named to All-GCAA first team

Sophomore forward Ronita Garrett was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 17 first team last week at the championship tournament in Albany.

Ronita Garrett 3-5-13

Ronita Garrett led the conference in points per game and ranked high in several categories.

The team is chosen annually by the coaches of Region 17, which also is the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Garrett led the GCAA in scoring with a 20.1 average and by all accounts could have received the Player of the Year award.

She collected 23 double-doubles; put up a January triple-double against the eventual tournament runner-up, Chattahoochee Tech; finished second in the conference in rebounding (12.4 per game), first in defensive rebounding; third in free throw percentage (74.8), fifth in 3-point percentage (35.6), sixth in steals per game (2.9) and 14th in field goal percentage (47.3).

Garrett’s 26 points, along with Larissa Stafford’s 41, were the demise of Central Georgia Tech in the first round of the GCAA tournament, catapulting the Jaguars into the semifinals.

In the semifinal Friday, Garrett scored 24 points in a losing effort and was the only Jaguar named to the Region 17 All-Tournament team.

Stafford also seemed to be overlooked in last week’s voting. She ranked seventh in the league in points per game (14.6) sixth in assists (4.4), led all scorers in the tournament with a 27 point average and virtually willed the Jaguars into the semifinals with a sparkling 41-point performance.

Darton State College’s Michelle Mitchell was named GCAA Player of the Year, and Darton head coach Lea Henry won the Coach of the Year award. Darton won the conference regular season title and captured the tournament championship Saturday with a 71-60 victory over Chattahoochee Tech.

All-Region 17 Team:

Coach of the year: Lea Henry, Darton State College; Player of the year: Michelle Mitchell, Darton.

First Team: Michelle Mitchell, Darton; Ronita Garrett, Georgia Perimeter College; Manon Cherubini, Georgia Highlands College; Lawna Kennedy, Atlanta Metropolitan College; Shameekia Murray, Chattahoochee Technical College.

Second Team: TaKierra Gibbs, Central Georgia Technical College; Rosa Bryant, Chattahoochee Tech; Nikkei Blackburn, South Georgia Technical College; Shanedra Lockett –Middle Georgia State College; Chanteniece Fann, Darton.

All-Tournament Team:

Michelle Mitchell (MVP), Darton; Chanteniece Fann, Darton; Rosa Bryant, Chattahoochee Tech; Shameekia Murray, Chattahoochee Tech; Shaquaya Daniels, South Georgia Tech; Ronita Garrett, Georgia Perimeter; Jasmine Grier, Central Georgia Tech; Shakierya McClendon, Georgia Highlands; Lashay Lettingham, Albany Technical College; Shaketa Hodges, Middle Georgia.

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March 1, 2013

Second-half rally falls 3 short in semifinals; Garrett, Stafford lead surge in season finale

Facing a very talented young team, the battle-worn Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars produced a cliff-hanger, but Chattahoochee Tech prevailed 64-61 Friday in the semifinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

The Jaguars, with only seven players on the roster—and one of them nursing a sprained ankle—floundered and then kept the game in suspense to the final buzzer. But Leah Spears’ final shot fell short, and Georgia Perimeter finished its 2012-13 campaign with a 14-16 record.

“The way we ended the season was indicative of who we were all season, sometimes great and sometimes awful,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “But all in all, they hung in there to the end, and for that I’m grateful.”

Playing with an all-freshman starting five, Chattahoochee Tech (25-7) advances to Saturday’s conference championship game with Darton State College. In Friday’s other semifinal, Darton defeated South Georgia Tech 70-60.

Ronita Garrett and Larissa Stafford led the Jaguars with 24 points and 13 points, respectively, followed by Jessica Anderson with nine and Samantha McCombs eight. Stafford and McCombs finished the game with four assists apiece.

Garrett also snared 15 rebounds, recording her 23rd double-double of the season. From the floor she sank 10 of 22 field goal attempts and hit three of eight 3-point shots.

The three-point arc kept the outmanned Jaguars in the game.

Though they never tired with only two reserves on the bench—even appearing fresher than Chattahoochee Tech in the final minutes—the Jags couldn’t penetrate the Golden Eagles’ tight zone defense. So, they tossed up frequent three-pointers, making six of 21, a troublesome 28.6 percent.

The real trouble came at the foul line in a game relatively free of calls. The Jaguars dropped in three of eight charity attempts, a lowly 37.5 percent. It mattered in the end game—the Eagles tossed in 14 of 18 free throws.

Chattahoochee Tech’s Shameekia Murray five of her first-half 14 points to open the game, and the Jaguars found themselves down by 12 points after nine minutes of play.

A 3-pointer by Stafford stopped the bleeding, and, after slipping back down 13, the Jaguars narrowed the margin to nine, 33-24 at the intermission. They did it with goals in the final minute from Spears, working with an ankle sprain, and Garrett, posting her 13th point of the period.

Coming out of the locker room energized, the Jaguars dominated the final 20 minutes with an aggressive defense—missing in the first half—and a relentless attack that bested the Eagles 37-31.

“At halftime I told them that they belonged out there on that floor, that nobody gave that to them—they earned it. I told them to go out there and play like it,” Waldon said.

Garrett set the tone 15 seconds into the period with a 3-point goal.

Two minutes later, a Stafford 17-footer rattled in to begin an eight-point run that cut the lead to 38-37. Anderson sank two back-end free throws, Stafford found the net again and Anderson hit a jumper with an assist from Garrett.

The Eagles stopped the run, but Garrett and Anderson canned back-to-back threes midway through the period to give GPC its first lead of the game, 43-42.

GPC lost lead, tied it at 46-46 with 9:09 to play on a Garrett free throw and again fell into a hole, victim of two freebies by Murray and a pair of goals by Alexia Somerset. The Eagles never again trailed.

However, the Jaguars kept the outcome in doubt until the buzzer. In the final three minutes, Garrett scored with an assist from Stafford and went coast-to-coast off a defensive rebound to make the score 58-56 with 1:54 remaining.

In the final minute, McCombs nailed a pressure-packed 3-pointer, Brittany McKinney drove the baseline, missed, rebounded and scored, and the Jags trailed 62-61 with 28 seconds left.

The Jags then had to foul the Eagles to stop the clock—and took too long to do it. With 9.9 seconds left, Somerset dropped in two from the charity stripe.

Trailing by three, 64-61, the Jaguars raced down-court needing a 3-point goal. Chatt Tech bottled up Garrett, GPC’s leading 3-point shooter, so she dished off to Spears.

Spears’ 3-point launch from the right side of the key hit the front of the rim at the buzzer, and that ended the season for the Jaguars.

Murray led the Golden Eagles with 22 points, followed by Bryant’s 20 and Somerset’s 17.

The game’s online video broadcast, along with Saturday’s championship, can be viewed at www.gpc.edu under “Game Webcasts,” and in the future through the link marked “Archived Webcasts.” Also, the game box score and other conference information in all sports are available at thegcaa.com.

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February 26, 2013

Stafford’s 41, Garrett’s 26 spur OT win as Jaguars earn trip to GCAA semifinals

Maybe seven is the Jaguars’ lucky number. They finished seventh in the league standings and they’ve limped into the tournament semifinals carrying only seven players on the roster. On the other hand, the magic numbers Tuesday most definitely were jerseys No. 5 and 14.

Ronita Garrett

Larissa Stafford

Sophomore point guard Larissa Stafford scorched the nets for 41 points and Ronita Garrett also was red-hot with 26 as No. 7 seed Georgia Perimeter College surprised No. 2 Central Georgia Tech with a 97-90 overtime win in Tuesday’s tournament action.

The epic victory at the Cougars’ home court in Macon in the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament sends Georgia Perimeter (14-15) to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal game with third seed Chattahoochee Tech. The semifinals and Saturday’s championship game will be held at Darton State College in Albany.

“It’s unbelievable, unbelievable,” said GPC head coach James Waldon of the upset by his seventh-place team. “I’ve said all along this team is capable—you just don’t know what you’re going to get. Tonight they played with a lot of heart.”

Central Georgia Tech received votes in recent NJCAA national polls, but the defending conference champion Jaguars flashed their pedigree in this one. GPC has made the conference semifinals in 12 of the last 13 seasons, winning the championship and reaching the NJCAA national tournament in six of the past eight years.

The Jags led most of the way Tuesday, building a 20-point advantage in the first 15 minutes and sporting a 43-32 halftime lead behind 19 first-half points by Garrett.

As if working a tag team gig with Garrett, Stafford scored the Jaguars’ first 12 points of the second half.

“I’ve said along if you could ever get those two to play well at the same time, they’d create a lot of problems, and they did,” Waldon said.

But the Cougars unleashed a barrage of second-half sharpshooting and took a couple of leads. They clung to an 83-83 tie at the end of regulation play when Stafford’s trey knotted the score with 19 seconds remaining and her half-court heave at the buzzer hit the back of the rim, almost a game-winner.

Garrett scored seven points in the overtime and Brittany McKinney sank four clutch one-and-one free throws in the final 32 seconds to seal the victory.

Georgia Perimeter sizzled from the field, shooting 43 percent—40 percent of its 3-point shots, 10 of 25—against a stingy Cougar defense. Stafford made five of 10 3-point attempts, and Garrett tossed in four of seven. Most importantly, the Jags sank 71 percent from the charity stripe.

Jessica Anderson added 10 points for the Jaguars, and Garrett grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds for her 22nd double-double of the season.

The taller Cougars, who beat GPC twice in the regular season, won the battle of the boards 60-52 and had three players with 10 or more rebounds—Amber Howell 11, Jasmine Grier 11 and Ta’Kierra Gibbs 10.

Brea Walker paced the hosts with 23 points, and Grier had 22, Gibbs 16 and Howell 14. The Cougars hit 43 percent, 13 of 30, of their 3-point shots.

“They shot the lights out,” Waldon said. “The 3-pointers are what got them back in the game. But what Larissa did to hit a 3-pointer [with 19 seconds left] and send the game into overtime was huge.”

Central Georgia Tech ends its breakout season (second-place finish in its second season in the league) with a 24-7 record.

GPC’s semifinal game Friday with Chattahoochee Tech will be video webcast by Jockjive.com at 7:30 p.m. To tune in, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” Chattahoochee Tech (24-7) defeated Middle Georgia College 81-76 Tuesday to advance to the semifinals.

In Friday's other semifinal game at 5:30, top seed and host Darton State (27-3) faces No. 5 seed South Georgia Tech (20-11). Darton defeated No. 8 Albany Tech 63-59 in Tuesday’s play-in game, while South Georgia Tech upset No. 4 Georgia Highlands 76-67. Darton is ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA poll, and Georgia Highlands (24-7) also received votes. Middle Georgia and Albany Tech end their seasons at 15-11 and 15-16, respectively.

Game box score links are available with the game results at the GCAA schedule website. Fans also can listen to the Jaguars’ archived audio webcast of Tuesday’s game.

View the GCAA tournament brackets site to follow the scores of the semifinals and title game this weekend or visit www.gpc.edu/athletic for the scores and the video webcast links, which are also available at the GCAA Championship Events/Tournament Links site. View the GCAA standings.

The GCAA (NJCAA Region 17) championship tournament will be played at Darton State College, 2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA 31707.

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February 23, 2013

Albany Tech nips GPC with trey

Tiara Grier sank a 3-point game-winner with 14 seconds left to give Albany Technical College a 57-55 win over Georgia Perimeter College Saturday at Jaguar Arena.

The loss came on GPC’s Sophomore Day, ended the Jaguars’ regular season and sent them into the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament on a down note.

Finishing in seventh place in the GCAA, the Jags will visit No. 2 seed Central Georgia College in Macon Tuesday for the right to enter Friday’s semifinals at Darton College.

Georgia Perimeter (13-15, 9-11 GCAA) led Albany Tech by as much as 14 points in the first half, enjoying a 28-17 advantage during the intermission, but the Jaguars lost control early in the second period.

With 14 seconds on the clock, Grier made an inbound pass from the left wing to Kierrica Spencer, who was high in the backcourt, and stepped to the 3-point line. The Jaguars double-teamed Spencer, who immediately passed back to Grier for the wide-open trey that won the game.

A pivotal statistic for Albany Tech (15-15, 8-12) came at the free-throw line. The Titans hit 82 percent of their foul shots, while GPC sank 63 percent. Jessica Anderson—who made seven of 16 shots from the floor—and Larissa Stafford led the Jaguars and all scorers with 16 points apiece.

Spencer scored 12 for Tech, all in the second half, while Richana Jackson added 11.

Tuesday’s tournament game at Central Georgia Tech will be audio webcast at 5:55 p.m., with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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February 16, 2013

GPC slips in second half at South Georgia Tech

After holding a slim halftime lead, the roster-depleted Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars faded in the last 20 minutes and let a game slip away 73-64 Saturday at South Georgia Tech in Americus.

Ronita Garrett poured in 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to pace Georgia Perimeter (13-14, 9-10). That is the 21st double-double for her. She leads the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with 20.4 points per game.

Also reaching double figures were Larissa Stafford with 16 points and nine assists and Jessica Anderson with 14 points. The Jaguars dressed only seven players.

GPC led 38-37 at the intermission, but was outscored 36-26 in the second half. The Jets defeated GPC by 22 points early in January, so even though the Jaguars’ roster has been reduced to seven players since then, they’ve shown they have the durability to stay in games to the end.

Outshooting GPC from the field 49 to 34 percent, South Georgia Tech (17-11, 10-8) was led by Portia McCray with 25 points. Veda Cook contributed 18 and Nikkei Blackburn had 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Blackburn leads the GCAA in rebounds, averaging 13.8 per game, while Garrett is third with 12.5.

It will be “Sophomore Day” next Saturday as GPC ends the regular season at home with Albany Tech. The game will be audio webcast at 1:55 p.m., with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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February 13, 2013

Anderson, Garrett lead Jags past AMC

Jessica Anderson led four Jaguars in double figures and Ronita Garrett registered her 20th double-double of the season as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Atlanta Metropolitan College 64-55 Wednesday at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

Anderson dropped in 15 points and Garrett had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Samantha McCombs and Larissa Stafford each scored 12 points for the hosts.

GPC defeated AMC early in January by a score of 73-42, but this one was much closer.

After leading 29-20 at halftime, Georgia Perimeter (13-13, 9-9 GCAA) went on a 17-2 run and built up a 23-point margin with eight minutes remaining but had to scramble to hold off a rally by the Trailblazers.

GPC’s tight defense prevailed as Atlanta Metro (6-17, 2-16) could only narrow the gap to eight points in the closing seconds.

With AMC nine down and knocking on the door, Anderson nailed the coffin in the final two minutes with a steal and assists on fast breaks to Brittany McKinney and Garrett.

Lawna Kennedy and Vanessa Calhoun also had a double-doubles for the visitors. Kennedy scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Vanessa Calhoun had 10 points and 13 boards. Point guard Keishundra Jackson dished off eight assists.

After a long ride Saturday to play South Georgia Tech in Americus, the Jaguars close out the regular season on Feb. 23 at home with Albany Tech.

The Albany Tech game will feature a ceremony for the Jaguar sophomores, and will be audio webcast at 1:55 p.m., with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.“

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February 11, 2013

Jaguars get revenge against Warriors

Since losing a home game to Middle Georgia College on January 23, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars have dropped three of four conference basketball games.

Monday the Jaguars (12-13, 8-9 GCAA) executed down the stretch and turned the tables on Middle’s home court in Cochran, downing the Warriors 56-41.

Ronita Garrett paced GPC with another double-double, her 19th of the season, collecting 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Jessica Anderson and Larissa Stafford supported the cause with 10 points apiece.

Shanedra Lockett also produced a double-double, leading Middle Georgia (14-7, 10-6) with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Jaguars return to their home court Wednesday, hosting Atlanta Metropolitan College at 5:30 p.m. The game will be audio broadcast online, with a 5:25 p.m. start time. To tune in, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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February 9, 2013

No. 15 Darton hammers limping Jaguars

The magic didn’t repeat for the roster-depleted Jaguars.

Darton State College, ranked 15th in the NJCAA poll, marched to a 68-39 victory over Georgia Perimeter College Saturday in Albany, two months after the Jaguars upset the league-leading Cavaliers 61-54 on GPC’s home court in Decatur.

Dressing only seven players, Georgia Perimeter put up a valiant second-half effort Saturday but couldn’t overcome a 40-23 halftime hole.

“We just did not have enough in the tank,” said GPC assistant coach C.J. Pace. “We started out flat, tried to battle, but it just wasn’t enough.”

Losing their third straight game and sixth in eight outings, the Jaguars tumble to 11-13 overall and 7-9 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Darton State (23-3, 15-2) holds first place in the GCAA standings, two games ahead of Chattahoochee Tech. The Cavaliers’ only conference losses were inflicted by Georgia Perimeter and Central Georgia Tech.

Ronita Garrett posted her 18th double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and snagging a game-high 10 rebounds. She leads the GCAA with a 20.4 scoring average and is second in rebounds with 12.6 per game.

Leah Spears scored 11 points, while Larissa Stafford contributed five assists, and Spears and Jessica Anderson swiped four steals apiece.

Once again the Jaguars were ice cold, shooting 25 percent of their field goal attempts and going one-for-17 from behind the 3-point line.

Michelle Mitchell paced Darton with 22 points, and Chantaniece Fann added 16.

The Jaguars visit Middle Georgia College for a 5:30 p.m. contest. Then they entertain Atlanta Metropolitan College Wednesday at GPC’s Decatur Campus gymnasium.

The Metro game will be audio webcast, starting at 5:25 p.m., with a link under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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February 6, 2013

Garrett and Cherubini put on show; Chargers hold off Jaguars’ late charge

Ronita Garrett won the Garrett-Manon Cherubini shootout, but her Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars lost to Georgia Highlands College 62-56 Wednesday at the Decatur Campus.

Ronita Garrett 3-5-13

Ronita Garrett

In their fifth meeting over two seasons, the high-scoring forwards scored nearly half of their teams’ points as Garrett poured in 27 while Highland’s Cherubini dropped in 26.

Cherubini played for South Georgia Tech last year but this year followed her coach, Brandon Harrell, to Georgia Highlands for the Chargers’ inaugural season.

In 2011-12, Cherubini and Tech beat GPC twice but Garrett and the Jaguars bested them in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament and advanced to the national tournament.

One can only hope the pattern will repeat this season. In December Georgia Perimeter (11-12, 7-8 GCAA) fell 88-57 to the Chargers.

Georgia Highlands (20-5, 11-4) had to hold off a late Jaguar surge Wednesday to complete the regular-season sweep. The Chargers led 25-22 at halftime but built a working margin in the second half.

The Jaguars threw up a strong defense—Georgia Highlands committed 27 turnovers compared with GPC’s 16.

But the Jaguars simply couldn’t overcome poor shooting, a 29 percent performance from the floor and 54 percent from the foul line. Georgia Highlands made 48 percent of their field goal attempts.

Collecting her 17th double-double, Garrett drained four of seven 3-point attempts, sank five of seven free throws and dominated the backboards with 19 rebounds.

Cherubini made nine of 13 shots from the field and burned the nets with eight of 11 3-point launches.

Jessica Anderson added 11 points for GPC and Ashley Bacchus had nine, while Shan’Taja Lattimore contributed 13 points for Georgia Highlands.

Saturday the Jaguars face league-leading Darton College in Albany and then visit Middle Georgia College on Monday. Wednesday’s home game with Atlanta Metropolitan College, will be audio broadcast online, beginning at 5:25 p.m. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 30, 2013

Garrett scores 32, but Jaguars stumble

League-leading scorer Ronita Garrett continued her torrid offensive pace with 32 points, but Georgia Perimeter College suffered a wretched first half and succumbed to Central Georgia Tech 85-66 Wednesday in Macon.

Sinking 14 of 25 field goal attempts and three of four free throws, Garrett snared 12 rebounds for her 16th double-double. The top scorer in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a 20.5 points-per-game average, she was one point shy of scoring half of the Jaguars’ total.

The Jaguars (11-11, 7-7 GCAA) warmed up and contained the Cougars just fine in the second half, trailing by one, 35-34. But Central Georgia Tech (20-4, 11-3) blistered them in the first period, rolling up a 50-32 lead at the intermission.

Hopes are fading for Georgia Perimeter to obtain a decent seed in the conference tournament in late February. The Jaguars (7-7, 11-11) are mired in seventh place in the conference standings.

That means if the GCAA tournament were held today they would return to Macon on Feb. 26 to face second-place Central Georgia Tech in the tourney’s play-in round.

Larissa Stafford scored 12 points for GPC, including a six-for-six night from the charity stripe. Brittany McKinney kept up her astute play of recent games with seven assists.

The Cougars were led by TaKierra Gibbs with 19 points, followed by Jasmine Grier with 18 and Shermika Harris 14.

Next Wednesday the Jaguars host third-place Georgia Highlands College at 5:30 p.m. That online audio broadcast begins at 5:25 with a link under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

The Jaguars' home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 26, 2013

Stafford, Garrett power victory at Andrew

Larissa Stafford and Ronita Garrett each dropped in 21 points as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Andrew College 80-51 Saturday in Cuthbert.

Stafford dished off seven assists, and Garrett registered her 15th double-double of the season with 12 rebounds. Garrett also stole the ball seven times.

Jessica Anderson had twelve points, sinking six-of-six from the free throw line.

The Jaguars, 7-6 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 11-10 overall, statistically remain in the hunt for a home-court date in the first round of the conference playoffs one month from today.

Ashley Bacchus pulled down 15 rebounds as the Jaguars beat their hosts 43-34 on the glass. GPC held a working margin at halftime, leading 41-28.

Sidney Davis scored 12 points to lead Andrew (11-4, 7-3) and Whitney Edwards added 10.

Wednesday the Jaguars take to the road again, visiting Central Georgia Tech for another GCAA match-up. Central Georgia is tied for second place in the standings and defeated GPC 67-62 in November.

The next home game is Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. as another second-place team, Georgia Highlands College, comes calling. That game will be broadcast online at 5:25 with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 23, 2013

Stafford nets 25 in loss to Middle Georgia

Having two scorers over 20 points wasn’t enough for the Jaguars.

Sophomore guard Larissa Stafford poured in 25 points, and Ronita Garrett added 21, but Georgia Perimeter College couldn’t stop Middle Georgia College’s second-half rally in a 76-70 loss Wednesday at Decatur Campus.

The defeat drops the Jaguars to 6-6 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, 10-10 overall. It sets them back in the competition with several teams for a home-court date in the first round of the conference playoffs Feb. 26.

Middle Georgia (11-4, 7-3) remains in fifth place in the league, while GPC slips into seventh. The top four teams will earn home-court advantage in the first round.

Garrett, the leading scorer in the GCAA and second-best rebounder, contributed 15 rebounds for GPC, another double-double for her.

But the Warriors had some key double-doubles of their own. Shanedra Lockett scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds, and J’ Una Rollins had 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Brittany McKinney scored 12 points for the Jaguars. Stafford had seven assists, and Garrett had four.

GPC held a 39-31 advantage at halftime, but the Warriors ripped off 12 straight points after the break and dominated the final period, leading by as many as 10 points.

The Jaguars persisted and tied it 64-64 when Ashley Bacchus snagged a rebound, passed to Stafford and on the break scored with an assist from Stafford.

However, Lockett immediately answered with a baseline drive and spinning jumper, and the Warriors kept the lead.

Next the Jaguars travel to Andrew College Saturday and Central Georgia Tech the following Wednesday for GCAA games. The next home game is Feb. 6 versus Georgia Highlands College.

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January 21, 2013

No. 8 Walters State chills GPC 84-50

The Jaguars took a long bus ride Monday up into the cold Tennessee mountains, and the ride home may have seemed even longer and chillier.

With four players scoring in double figures, Walters State Community College, ranked eighth in the NJCAA coaches poll, out-muscled the Jaguars 84-50 in a nonconference game in Morristown, Tenn.

Georgia Perimeter (10-9) enjoyed another big day from Ronita Garrett, who continued her scoring spree with 25 points. It was her fifth straight outing with over 20 points.

Leah Spears scored nine points for the Jaguars, and Larissa Stafford contributed four assists.

But the Senators (16-1) out-rebounded GPC 43-29, and meanwhile got double figures in points from four players. Donnesha Shuler led with 21, followed by Aisjah Roan with 12 and Breona Hall and Caprisha Rogers 11 each.

The hosts shot a toasty 50 percent from the floor, while GPC was a little chilly at 35.4 percent. Walters State dominated both halves, leading at the intermission 41-25.

Protecting ball well, the Senators committed only 12 turnovers compared with 20 by GPC. The Jaguars could grab only three steals, a statistic they usually post in double figures.

Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Georgia Perimeter entertains Middle Georgia College in an important conference match-up. Fans can listen to the audio webcast, which begins at 5:25, by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 19, 2013

Jaguars roll by East Georgia 72-49

Led by Ronita Garrett’s 10th consecutive double-double, Georgia Perimeter College defeated conference opponent East Georgia State College 72-49 Saturday at Jaguar Arena in Decatur.

Garrett, who leads the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association in scoring, totaled 28 points for the second consecutive outing and collected 12 rebounds.

Head coach James Waldon applauded her efforts and praised two reserves and new starter Brittany McKinney.

“Brittany really made us go,” he said. “And Jessica Anderson and Samantha McCombs entered the game and gave us a boost we needed.”

Georgia Perimeter, 10-8 overall, will take a 6-5 GCAA record into next Wednesday’s match-up with Middle Georgia College, one of the teams the Jaguars need to catch to win a fourth seed and home-court advantage in the first round of the conference tournament in February.

The Jaguars’ tight defense, reinforced by McKinney and McComb, held East Georgia scoreless for the first seven minutes while the offense ran off 14 points. Anderson’s timely 3-point shooting helped GPC to a 35-17 halftime lead.

Larissa Stafford scored 11 points and dished off six assists for the Jaguars. Anderson had nine points with three treys on six attempts. Ashley Bacchus contributed six rebounds.

“They're starting to understand how to get it done,” Waldon said. “Now they're more patient with the system and they see how it will work. I like what I saw today.”

For East Georgia (6-12, 2-7) LaJanae Davis scored 15 points, followed by Keamoney Locke and Tiara Baker with 12 each. Monday the Jaguars take the bus to Morristown, Tenn., to play Walter State Community College (14-1), ranked eighth in the nation. The Warriors of Middle Georgia College visit Jaguar Arena Wednesday for a league showdown. The audio webcast begins 5:25 p.m. with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 17, 2013

Garrett produces triple-double, but Jaguars lose battle 65-61

Sophomore forward Ronita Garrett accomplished a rare basketball feat, a triple-double, but Georgia Perimeter College lost a dogfight Wednesday 65-61 to Chattahoochee Tech at Jaguar Arena.

Ronita Garrett breaks away for two of her 28 points.

Garrett scored 28 points, nearly half of the Jaguars’ total, dominated the glass with 13 rebounds and grabbed 10 of her team’s 14 steals. She nailed six of nine 3-point attempts.

“That’s the first triple-double since I’ve been here as the coach,” said GPC head coach James Waldon.

But with the loss, Georgia Perimeter slides to 9-8 overall, 5-5 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The Jaguars are in sixth place in the GCAA standings, while Chattahoochee Tech (16-4, 8-2) moves into a tie with Georgia Highlands College for second place.

At the end of the regular season, the top four teams in standings receive home-court advantage in the GCAA tournament play-in round on February.

The Jaguars’ Larissa Stafford scored 14 points and dished out five assists, while Ayanna Colvin added nine points.

Ayanna Colvin drives to the baseline.

Asked about Garrett’s outstanding game, Waldon said, “Ronita has been our undisputed leader on the court this season. She’s taken it upon her shoulders to really try and carry us since we’ve been hit with some key losses on our roster. As strange as it may seem, I believe there’s still more she can give in terms of production on the court.”

Four players scored in double figures for Chattahoochee Tech—Rosa Bryant with 16, Chelsea Maultsby 14, and Mikeyta Glaze and Alexia Somerset 10 apiece. Maultsby’s 11 rebounds gave her a double-double, and Glaze just missed one with nine assists.

“Chattahoochee Tech has a good team. They shoot well,” Waldon said. “I was pleased with how we played. We played hard, but we’ve just got to learn how to execute better.”

GPC opened the game with a 7-0 lead, but the visitors finished a nine-point run to seize their first lead 26-24 only ten seconds before the halftime buzzer.

As the second period opened, Garrett scored with an assist from Stafford to tie it at 26, but Glaze answered with a field goal and the Golden Eagles never relinquished the lead.

Trailing by as much as 11, the Jaguars narrowed the margin to two points on three occasions with a steal and layup by Stafford and 3-point goals by Garrett and Stafford. But they couldn’t close the gap as the clock wound down.

Saturday at 1 p.m. the Jaguars entertain East Georgia State College, a team they defeated 60-48 a week ago in Swainsboro. To hear the audio webcast, which begins at 12:55, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and find the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 12, 2013

Jaguars nip Albany Tech in overtime

Leah Spears had a rare off game but made up for it in overtime as Georgia Perimeter College won a nail-biter Saturday, slipping past Albany Technical College 61-58 in Albany.

Spears, who struggled throughout regulation time, came up big in the overtime period with a key defensive play that caused a turnover, and she sank two clutch free throws, her only points of the game.

Georgia Perimeter led 29-20 at the intermission, but the hosts rallied, outscoring the Jaguars 31-22 in the second half. The score was knotted 51-51 at the buzzer, sending the game into the extra five-minute period. GPC outscored the Titans 10-7 in the overtime to seal the victory.

Ronita Garrett dropped in 21 points and snared 12 rebounds to lead the Jaguars as they moved to 9-7 overall and 5-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. It marks Garrett’s 12th double-double of the season.

Larissa Stafford scored 10 points for the Jaguars, and Ayanna Colvin and Brittany McKinney each had nine. Stafford picked off four steals as Albany Tech committed 52 turnovers.

Toni Grier led Albany Tech (9-10, 2-7) with her own double-double, 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Lashay Lettingham also had 15 points.

The Jaguars beat the Titans on the boards 71-48.

Chattahoochee Tech, which is tied for third place in the conference with a 6-2 record, visits Jaguar Arena on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The audio webcast will begin at 5:25, with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars' home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 9, 2013

GPC back on winning track at East Georgia

Ronita Garrett notched 24 points and 14 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season to lead Georgia Perimeter College to a 60-48 victory over East Georgia College Wednesday in Swainsboro.

Larissa Stafford scored 12 points and handed out seven assists for the Jaguars, who improve to 8-7 overall and 4-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Ashley Bacchus contributed nine rebounds, and Garrett had four steals. The Jaguars dominated from the outset, leading 34-18 at halftime.

For the Bobcats (5-10, 1-5), Chasity Mullins scored 18 points and Tiara Baker added 13.

Saturday the Jaguars travel to Albany Technical College for another GCAA game at 2 p.m.

Conference foe Chattahoochee Tech visits Jaguar Arena next Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. The online audio broadcast of that game starts at 5:25, with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.“

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January 7, 2013

Jets and former Jaguar too much for GPC

For nearly a decade, the Jets and Jaguars have been the story in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball. South Georgia Tech won the conference championship in 2010, and Georgia Perimeter College took the crown in 2011 and 2012, the Jaguars’ fifth and sixth championship in eight years.

Monday, the rivalry took a new twist.

Veda Cook, a Jaguar last year who joined the Jets this fall, had a double-double in her homecoming and helped South Georgia Tech to a 72-50 victory at GPC’s Decatur Campus gymnasium.

Spurring a second-half surge, Cook finished with 10 rebounds and 15 points, sinking four of five 3-point shots.

The surge can also be catagorized as a collapse by the Jaguars, who dropped to 7-7 overall and 3-4 in the GCAA.

After trailing 31-30 at the intermission, the Jags fell behind early in the second half, but tied the game on a jumper by Brittany McKinney at 40-40 with 12:50 remaining. Then the Jets produced a 13-2 blitzkrieg in the next two minutes, capped with back-to-back treys by Cook.

Georgia Perimeter finished with an ice-cold 24 shooting percentage from the field, while the visitors shot 48 percent.

Tech’s Shaquaya Daniels, a 5-foot-1 point guard, had 13 rebounds as the Jets beat GPC on the boards 62-40.

“This has pretty much been the pattern with this group [of Jaguars]. Some days they look good and some days they look bad,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “It's hard to put my hands on just what causes this.”

Ronita Garrett led GPC with her tenth double-double, scoring 13 points and getting 14 rebounds. Ayanna Colvin had 10 points, and Larissa Stafford added nine.

South Georgia Tech (11-7, 4-4) was led by Delisia Sharpe with 16 points, followed by Cook’s 15 and 13 each by Nikkei Blackburn and Portia McCray.

The Jaguars visit East Georgia College Wednesday and Albany Tech Saturday for two conference match-ups.

The next home game will be with Chattahoochee Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. That game will be audio webcast at 5:25, with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 5, 2013

Jaguars open new year with 73-42 victory

Georgia Perimeter College took a skinny roster to Atlanta Metropolitan College Saturday with only eight players in uniform for the Jaguars’ 2013 opener. But the good news for the visitors was their hosts mustered a skeleton crew, dressing a mere six players.

Ronita Garrett continued with her hot hand, scoring 26 points as Georgia Perimeter wore the Trailblazers down in the second half to take home a 73-42 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association victory.

Garrett grabbed 16 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Larissa Stafford also turned in an outstanding performance with 18 points, seven steals and five assists. Jessica Anderson added 10 points.

GPC (7-6, 3-3 GCAA) held the Blazers to 19 points in the second half, while scoring 39. The Jaguars totaled only eight turnovers, while the defense forced 19 and held AMC to 17 field goals in 65 attempts.

“I’ll take those kind of numbers any day,” said head coach James Waldon. “We’re not as consistent as we’d like to be, but we’re coming around defensively. If we continue to build on offense, we should do well.”

The Jaguars fell behind in the early minutes but produced a 12-point run and led 34-23 at the half. Atlanta Metro (4-7, 0-6) was led by Lawna Kennedy with 14 points and Carneice Pugh with 10, while Vanessa Calhoun produced 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Monday the Jaguars return to their home court for the first time in a month, hosting conference foe South Georgia Technical College at 5 p.m. The audio webcast, with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts,” will begin at 4:55 p.m.

South Georgia Tech won the GCAA regular season championship last year but fell to GPC in the tournament final game.

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December 29, 2012

Indian River outlasts Jaguars 60-57; Monday’s game with ASA cancelled

Despite another big outing by Ronita Garrett, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars took a tough 60-57 loss to Indian River State College (Fla.) Saturday afternoon in the Comfort Inn Holiday Classic in Tallahassee.

The game closes the 2012 portion of the Jaguars’ season because Monday’s home date with ASA College of Brooklyn, New York, has been cancelled.

Garrett posted her eighth double-double of the season with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Other Jaguars in double figures were Larissa Stafford, 15 points, and Ayanna Colvin, 10.

Georgia Perimeter (6-6) had enjoyed a three-game win streak and climbed above .500 for the first time this season with Friday’s 65-50 victory over Tallahassee Community College.

But Saturday brought a halt to the momentum, though the game was close all the way. Indian River held a slim 28-26 edge at the intermission.

Bria Dorsey led the Pioneers with 20 points.

After the New Year’s break, the Jaguars will resume action on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. with a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association game at Atlanta Metropolitan College. The game will be audio broadcast on the web with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts,” starting at 1:55 p.m.

The Jags return to their home court on Monday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m., hosting last year’s regular season champion, South Georgia Tech. The audio webcast will start at 4:55 p.m.

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December 28, 2012

Garrett’s 31 points, 12 rebounds lead Jaguars to victory in Florida

Athletes sometimes lose momentum when returning to competition after a holiday break. But Jaguar sophomore forward Ronita Garrett apparently gained it.

Ignoring a two-week layoff, Garrett racked up a career-high 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars defeated Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College 65-50 Friday in the Comfort Inn Holiday Classic in Tallahassee.

It marks Garrett’s seventh double-double in 11 games. Larsissa Stafford contributed 10 points as Georgia Perimeter (6-5) won for the fifth time in its last seven outings.

The Jaguar defense dominated—Tallahassee committed 50 turnovers. The defensive effort made the difference early on, giving the visitors a 35-21 halftime advantage.

But GPC showed some rough edges, committing 29 turnovers and shooting 37 percent from the field (27 of 73 attempts).

Addesha Collins led Tallahassee with 13 points, and Karley Barnes had 11 rebounds for the Eagles.

Saturday, the Jaguars continue play in the invitational, meeting Indian River State College (Fla.) at 1 p.m.

GPC returns to Jaguar Arena Monday, hosting ASA College (N.Y.) at 2 p.m. That game will not be audio webcast. The next broadcast will be on January 5 at Atlanta Metro College.

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December 14, 2012

Jaguars continue recent climb in Tennessee

Ronita Garrett scored 21 points, leading five players in double figures, as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Roane State Community College 86-65 Friday in Harriman, Tenn.

Larissa Stafford added 18 points, followed by Tajai Pearson with 12, Ayanna Colvin 11 and Jessica Anderson 10, as the Jaguars (5-5) continued their momentum after defeating nationally ranked Darton State College six days earlier.

Garrett continued her habit of posting double-doubles, pulling down 14 rebounds. She nailed nine of 14 shots from the field and also snared four steals.

Pearson also had a double-double with 12 rebounds. Stafford registered five assists and five steals.

After a rough early season start, the Jaguars now are 4-2 in their last six games, boosted by last weekend’s 61-54 victory over Darton, which at the time led the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Roane State (2-11) trailed by only eight, 34-26, at halftime but GPC came out of the locker room and went on a rampage, outscoring the Raiders 52-39 in the second period.

Nicole Hassler led the Raiders with 14 points, while Taylor Neely and Taylor Harris had 11 and 10, respectively.

On Dec. 28 and 29 the Jaguars hit the road again for the Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College invitational, playing Tallahassee on the 28th at 5:30 p.m. and Indian River State College on the 29th at 1 p.m.

They return to their home court Dec. 31 at 2 p.m., hosting ASA College from New York City. That game will be audio webcast beginning at 1:55 p.m. with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

Note: We previously reported that the Jaguars would play at Walters State on Friday, Dec. 21, but that game is scheduled for Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. in Morristown, Tenn.

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December 8, 2012

Defense gels as Jaguars upset No. 23 Darton

If the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars have been labeled—and rightly so—as an up-and-down team this season, they brought their “up” game when it counted.

The Jaguars produced a spectacular defensive effort to surprise high-scoring conference leader Darton State College 61-54 Saturday at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

“The defensive effort was a combination of things,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “They were just motivated to get it done.”

Ayanna Colvin scored 18 points to lead Georgia Perimeter, which improves to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The game was crucial for the Jags, even in the young season, because four losses would be a big hole to dig out of in this season’s highly competitive conference.

Darton (10-2, 6-1) was ranked No. 23 in the NJCAA poll this week and averaged 77 points per game before facing the Jaguars. But the clinging GPC zone defense disrupted the visitors’ attack and held their leading scorer, Michelle Mitchell, to four points. This week Mitchell came in as the league’s second-highest scorer, averaging 18.7 points per game.

The victory should give the Jaguars a needed confidence boost after painful losses on the road this week to conference foes Chattahoochee Tech, 82-67, and Georgia Highlands, 88-57. Georgia Highlands is unbeaten in the GCAA and ranked sixth in the NJCAA poll.

“This team has the tendency to be good or awful—there’s no in between with them,” Walden said. “They have the potential to do it. I’m just trying to get them to do it every night.”

Tajai Pearson and Ronita Garrett added 15 and 11 points, respectively, for GPC. Garrett, who has piled up a truckload of double-doubles this year, led all rebounders with 16.

Shronica Weaver came off the bench to lead Darton with 21 points, including three-of-five 3-point attempts. Tamarah Fisher had 10 points, the only other Cavalier to reach double figures.

After Colvin collected the game’s first two points, Darton State took over 4-2 and led 30-26 at the half without again trailing.

But five minutes into the second half the Jaguars began a 17-4 run. They regained the lead 40-39 on a basket by Pearson, assisted by Colvin, and a jumper by Colvin. They never again trailed, leading at the end of the run 51-43.

Despite an ice-cold shooting night (31 percent), Darton closed the gap to one point with two minutes remaining.

GPC put it out of reach in the final 90 seconds when Leah Spears sank her second trey of the night, Garret snared a key rebound and a steal and Colvin, Shavonica Sinkfield and Pearson sank free throws.

Waldon seemed almost shocked that the Jaguars committed only 13 turnovers. “The turnovers were not bad but what was our shooting percentage?” he said. The Jags were nearly as cold as Darton, hitting only 25 of 71 from the field, 35 percent.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do on offense,” Waldon concluded.

The Jaguars travel to Roane State Friday, finishing out December with four road games, two in Tennessee and two in Florida, and a home stint on Dec. 31 at 2 p.m., hosting ASA College from New York City. That game will be audio webcast, beginning at 1:55 with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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December 5 , 2012

New league foe rips Jaguars despite Stafford’s 29 points

Larissa Stafford piled up 29 points, more than half of the Jaguars’ total, but Georgia Perimeter College couldn’t stop a new force in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Georgia Highlands College, in its first year with the GCAA, rolled by the Jaguars 88-57 Wednesday in Rome.

Georgia Perimeter drops to 3-5 on the season and 1-3 in the GCAA, its worst start in the conference since the 2008-2009 season.

Despite the outcome, Stafford had an outstanding evening, canning 10 of 18 field goals, including five 3-point baskets in nine attempts. She made all four of her free throw shots and collected four steals on defense.

Ronita Garrett added 14 points, and Tajai Pearson led the Jaguars on the boards with 17 rebounds.

Georgia Highlands was paced by Shakierya McClendon with 22 points, followed by Seandre Lee with 20 and Manon Cherubini 18.

The Jaguars’ tough stretch of the schedule continues Saturday as they host Darton College, undefeated in the league and ranked No. 23 in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll.

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December 3 , 2012

Chattahoochee Tech drops Jaguars

Four Jaguars scored in double figures, but Chattahoochee Technical College outshot and outrebounded their visitors to win 82-67 in a conference matchup Monday at the Smyrna Community Center.

With the loss Georgia Perimeter College slips to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Ronita Garrett , Ayanna Colvin, Tajai Pearson and Ashley Bacchus scored 15, 14, 13, 11 and 11 points, respectively, for Georgia Perimeter. Shavonica Sinkfield had seven assists and three steals.

But Chattahoochee Tech beat the Jaguars on the boards 43-32 and outshot them from the field 53 percent to 36 percent.

A hopeful sign for GPC appears in the turnover column. The Jaguars coughed up the ball only 15 times, while their defense forced Chatt Tech into 21 turnovers.

The Jaguars resume their GCAA schedule Wednesday, traveling to Rome to take on new conference member Georgia Highlands College.

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November 30, 2012

Garrett scores 21 as Jaguars roll past Andrew

Ronita Garrett pumped in 21 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Georgia Perimeter College over conference foe Andrew College 91-34 Friday at the Decatur Campus.

The Jaguars, 3-3 and 1-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, closed the first half with a 19-3 run to lead 38-12 at the intermission, and they never looked back.

GPC’s Larsissa Stafford added 19 points, and Shavonica Sinkfield and Ayanna Colvin had 10 apiece. Ashley Bacchus came off the bench for 11 rebounds, providing a lift on the boards, where the Jags won 57-40.

Garrett, getting her fourth consecutive double-double, was 10-for-16 from the floor, and Stafford was 8/11 as the Jags shot 51 percent. They made only 5 of 14 3-point attempts, with Stafford and Jessica Anderson sinking two treys apiece.

Jordan Ulm scored 12 points to pace Andrew (1-7, 0-4).

The clinging GPC defense forced 36 turnovers and held the visitors to 20 percent shooting. The Fighting Tigers managed to make only three of 18 from the 3-point line.

Tuesday, the Jaguars travel across town to Chattahoochee Tech for a 5:30 GCAA game. The next home game is Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m., with Darton College. The Cavaliers (9-1, 5-0) are in first place in the conference standings.

Both of those conference games will be audio broadcast online, with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars' home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 24, 2012

GPC Classic: Jags win with three double-doubles; No. 21 Georgia Highlands nips No. 9 Walters State

Three players chalked up double-doubles and Ayanna Colvin scored 20 points as Georgia Perimeter College capped its eight-team GPC Classic with a 78-60 victory over Roane State Community College Saturday evening at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

Ronita Garrett posted her third consecutive double-double with 17 points and a remarkable 20 rebounds. Taijai Pearson scored 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Larissa Stafford added 13 points and handed out 10 assists.

Colvin hit eight of 13 shots from the field, including three-of-five from beyond the 3-point line.

Georgia Perimeter (2-3) led the visitors from Tennessee 41-29 at halftime. The Jaguars forced Roane State into 28 turnovers, including five steals by Shavonica Sinkfield.

Nicole Hassler paced Roane State (0-6) with 19 points, followed by Jassmine Franklin and Rameja Bell with 14 and 10, respectively.

Next up for the Jaguars, they resume their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule Friday, hosting Andrew College at 5:30 p.m. The game will be audio webcast, beginning at 5:20, with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

No. 21 GEORGIA HIGHLANDS 55, No. 9 WALTERS STATE 53

Manon Cherubini and Shakierya McClendon scored 15 points apiece to lead Georgia Highlands College over Walters State Community College (Tenn.). Ranked 21st in the NJCAA coaches poll, Georgia Highlands (7-0) trailed at the half 32-23 but rallied to outscore the ninth-ranked Senators 32-21 in the final 20 minutes. Walters State (7-1) had balanced scoring, led by Aisjah Roan with nine points.

NO. 1 GULF COAST 75, SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE 36

Rose Rosana and Tamara Taylor each scored 12 points for Gulf Coast (7-1). Every player on the roster scored for the Commodores, the NJCAA’s top-ranked team.

The Jaguars' home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 23, 2012

GPC Classic: Garrett leads Jags over SW Tenn.; No. 9 Walters State upsets No. 1 Gulf Coast

Georgia Perimeter College put a “W” in the books Friday evening with an 86-57 victory over Southwest Tennessee after the nation’s top-ranked team fell in the eight-team GPC Classic at the Decatur Campus.

Ronita Garrett scored 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Georgia Perimeter (1-3). Larissa Stafford added 15 points, Jessica Anderson 13, Ashley Bacchus 12 and Ayanna Colvin 11.

“We played pretty well,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “The defense was good, and the offense was really clicking.”

The Jaguar defense forced 27 turnovers and held Southwest Tennessee to 30 percent from the field as the Jags shot 49 percent. Garrett hit eight of 11 attempts from the floor.

Georgia Perimeter pulled away from a 43-28 halftime lead.

Teneisha Lurry had 20 points for Southwest (2-4). The Saluqis play Gulf Coast State College Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Decatur Campus gym.

The Jaguars host Roane State Community College (Tenn.) to close the invitational tournament Saturday at 6 p.m. That game will be audio broadcast online, beginning at 5:55, with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

NO. 9 WALTERS STATE 56, NO. 1 GULF COAST 51

Walters State Community College, ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA coaches poll, upended No. 1 Gulf Coast State College in Friday’s first round of the GPC Classic. Walters State (7-0) shot 29 percent but managed to win, led by Tangela Crenshaw’s 12 points. Teammate Aisjah Roan had 11 rebounds as Walters won the battle of the boards 54-41. Gulf Coast got 12 points from Tamara Taylor. Walters State faces Georgia Highlands College Saturday at 4 p.m. in another showdown of top 25 teams.

NO. 21 GEORGIA HIGHLANDS 75, LAWSON STATE 70

Seandre Lee had a monster day, 15 points and 18 rebounds to lead Georgia Highlands past Lawson State Community College. Georgia Highlands, ranked No. 21 in the NJCAA poll, remained undefeated at 6-0. Victoria Perry had 18 points for Lawson State (5-2).

CHATTAHOOCHEE TECH 70, ROANE STATE 60

Shameeka Murray scored 17 points and Mikeyta Glaze added 12 to lead Chattahoochee Technical College (6-1) over the visitors from Tennessee. Rameja Bell scored 12 points for Roane State, which dropped to 0-5 on the season. Chattahoochee plays Lawson State Saturday at noon.

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November 20, 2012

Despite Colvin’s 19-point effort, Jaguars stumble in GCAA opener

Ayanna Colvin led all scorers with 19 points, but Georgia Perimeter College couldn’t stop a hot-handed trio of opponents and fell 67-62 to Central Georgia Technical College Friday at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

The game was the Jaguars’ opener in their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule, and the loss dropped them to 0-3 overall.

Amari Moreland, Shermeka Harris and Amber Howell scored 18, 17 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the visiting Cougars (5-2, 2-1 GCAA). While the trio hit 19 of 25 free throws, Amber Johnson controlled the boards with 15 rebounds.

Ronita Garrett followed Colvin with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Jaguars, and Shavonica Sinkfield added 10 points.

It was a back-and-forth struggle all the way. The teams were tied 30-30 at halftime, and the final three minutes were hectic.

A 3-point goal from the right corner by Jessica Anderson, assisted by Garrett, gave the Jaguars a 60-58 lead with 3:23 on the clock. Soon after, Garrett hit a 15-foot jumper to make it 62-59.

But after a steal and layup by Moreland, Harris sank four straight free throws to put Central Georgia ahead to stay, 65-62. TaKierra Gibbs iced it with two frees in the final seconds.

Friday and Saturday, the Jaguars host the eight-team GPC Classic, featuring teams from across the Southeast. Georgia Perimeter will play Southwest Community College Friday at 6 p.m. and Roane State Community College Saturday at 6 p.m.

Both of those games will be audio webcast beginning at 5:55 p.m. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The GPC Classic will be played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 4, 2012

Jaguars open with 2 losses in Florida

Each year Georgia Perimeter College head coach James Waldon schedules an early November trip to Florida to open the season with strong teams in the Sunshine State. The Jaguars seldom return to Atlanta with sunshine, but they benefit from experience against some of the top teams in the country.

The payoff: GPC has attended six of the past eight NJCAA national tournaments.

This year the pattern continued as GPC, ranked No. 16 in the NJCAA preseason poll, opened its season with two losses at the Gulf Coast Tournament in Panama City, Fla. The Jaguars fell to Chipola College 68-60 on Saturday and lost to host Gulf Coast State College 86-59 on Sunday.

Against Chipola, GPC kept it close all the way, trailing at the half 33-31.

Sophomore guard Larissa Stafford led the Jaguars with 22 points and five assists, while Lashonda Littleton paced the winners with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Ronita Garrett had 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Jaguars, and Tajai Pearson added 11 points.

Sunday’s game featured the preseason No. 16 Jaguars versus No. 8 Gulf Coast. Stafford pumped in 24 points but the Commodores (2-0) controlled the game. Pearson contributed 13 points, while Garrett had 11 and again led GPC in rebounds with seven.

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November 1, 2012

Jaguars talented; need offensive punch

Head Coach James Waldon clearly identifies what he thinks the challenge is for the 2012-13 Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball campaign.

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“We’re a small team, but we’re fast,” he said after practice this week. “I think they’re buying into our system, especially the defense. On offense, they’ll have to acquire consistency. We haven’t seen enough of that in scrimmages.”

New faces will tackle the challenge on the court and on the bench—only one player returns. And Waldon, entering his 15th year at the GPC helm, has two new assistants, Christian Pace and Troy Gordon.

It’s a daunting challenge because past Georgia Perimeter teams have set the bar high. In 11 of the past 12 seasons, Waldon’s teams have made the semifinals of the conference, NJCAA Region 17, also known as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. His teams won the region championship and went to nationals in six of the past eight seasons.

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And these Jaguars have a tough act to follow, though consistency wasn’t exactly a forte´ in 2011-12. But after an up-and-down season, last year’s squad came on like gang busters when it counted, capturing the conference and district championships.

Traveling to Salina, Kansas, the Jaguars won their opening game at the NJCAA national tournament to enter the Elite Eight, a first for the program.

“This team has the potential to continue that tradition,” Waldon said. “They're a very talented bunch. But the key will be consistency. Championship teams are consistent in every phase of the game. Our offense needs some work entering the season.”

The lone returnee from last year’s squad is six-foot sophomore forward Ronita Garrett (McCormick S.C., McCormick H.S.). But she will be joined by a slew of sophomore transfers who provide plenty of experience.

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Waldon said Garrett, who averaged 10 points and nine rebounds per game last season, will be a team leader. He’s also counting on Larissa Stafford, a transfer from Miami Dade College who hails from Louisville, Ky., and Ballard High.

“They both will be a force,” Waldon said. “Ronita came on strong for us last year and will be very dominant at both ends of the court. Larissa is a good scorer and an excellent floor general.”

Joining Stafford in the backcourt will be a sophomore three-point sharpshooter who transferred from Atlanta Metro, Jessica Anderson (Forest Park, Forest Park H.S.).

Another sophomore transfer in the backcourt will be Brittany McKinney (Chattanooga, Tenn., Tyler Academy), coming over from Gadsden State Community College (Ala.).

Freshmen guards Samantha McCombs (Snellville, South Gwinnett H.S.) and Shavonica Sinkfield (Atlanta, South Atlanta H.S.) will have shots at starting positions.

Holding down the post will be another sophomore transfer, 6-foot-1 Ashley Bacchus (Jacksonville, Fla., Fleming Island H.S.), coming up from Santa Fe Community College (Fla.). Garrett also will post up, as well as take some 3-point shots.

Along with Garrett at forward will be a pair of Chipola State College (Fla.) transfers, Marietta native Leah Spears and Ayanna Colvin of Columbus, Ohio.

As is Waldon’s mode, the Jaguars will spend November and December playing a very tough schedule, and they’ll take some lumps. They open the season this weekend in Panama City, Fla., at the Gulf Coast Tournament, playing perennial national contenders Chipola State College and Gulf Coast State College.

Additionally, Region 17, top to bottom, promises to be much tougher this year than ever before. The usual contenders will be especially strong—Darton State College, Middle Georgia College and South Georgia Tech. Upstarts that will be in the running include Chattahoochee Tech, Central Georgia Tech and Georgia Highlands College, which is playing its inaugural season.

“The parity in the conference this season will be incredible,” Waldon said. “It’s going to be very competitive. We’ll have to mature quickly to stay in the race.”

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