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Jaguars fall to Tallahassee
Georgia Perimeter College (1-6, 1-0) fell to another early season tough opponent, Tallahassee Community College (6-1), 63-49 Saturday at Jaguar Arena.
Raujua Terry led the team with 18 points, Danielle Clark followed with nine points and Taylor Boyd added five points with six rebounds.
The Jaguars were only down by nine points at the half but could not pull through a win. Field goal percentages for the Jaguars were just as well as their opponent and even better at the free throw line but, rebounds always prove to be crucial in the game of basketball. Georgia Perimeter failed 57-38 in rebounding, along with 37 turnovers to the Eagles’ 22.
The Jaguars return home next weekend to host the GPC Classic. The invitational begins Friday at 12 p.m. featuring seven teams: Georgia Highlands College, Northwest Florida State College, Roane State Community College, Eastern Florida State College, Gulf Coast State College, Pensacola State College, and fellow Region 17 opponent, Central Georgia Technical College.
Friday, the Jaguars play Pensacola State and Saturday, Northwest Florida State. Both games start at 6 p.m. and will be audio webcast via EZ Stream and nhsbn.com. Follow the links on the homepage to tune in.
The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.
November 19, 2014
Jaguars win in Griffin
Georgia Perimeter College won 90-33 against Southern Crescent Technical College Tuesday in Griffin, Georgia.
Abreyln Racklely and Raujua Terry each scored 17 points for the Jaguars’ first Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association win. The ladies held the six-man team to only 12 points in the first half and out rebounded their opponents by 27.
The Jaguars, now 1-5 (1-0), kicked off the season with tough matches such as Chipola College, ranked fourth, and Gulf Coast State College, ranked 12th on the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. Each year the team starts the season against top-ranked teams in the NJCAA in efforts to gain experience and grow as players.
The Jaguars come home Saturday, Nov. 22 to face Tallahassee Community College just before the men continue their Thanksgiving Classic. Central Georgia Technical College will face West Georgia Technical College at 1 p.m. The Jaguars will finish the classic against Southern Union State Community College at 3 p.m.
The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.
September 17, 2014
Rackley attends NJCAA All-Star Weekend
Congratulations to Abrelyn Rackley who participated in the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Star Weekend July 24-27 in Niceville, Florida. In its sixth year, the All-Star Weekend brings together the top 40 upcoming junior college sophomores under one arena.
Players from around the country spent Friday practicing and working through individual and team drills. Later that evening the players attended the NJCAA Hall of Fame banquet where legendary Coach David Kragel, Walter’s State, was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Coach Kragel is currently in his 37th season as the Senator’s coach with a career record of 806-258 entering the 2013-2014 campaign.
After a brief walk-through Saturday morning, the players got the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of over 30 four-year colleges representing the Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun, Conference USA, PAC-12, SEC, and Sunbelt conferences.
In her first game, Rackley played both inside and outside to finish with 11 points and five rebounds in a hard fought loss by her team. Returning Sunday morning for her final game, Rackley put up another solid effort finishing with eight points, six rebounds, and two assists.
Overall, Head Coach James Waldon stated Abrelyn had a solid weekend and played well enough to catch the attention of several coaches in attendance. When asked, Rackley stated the weekend was fun and it was a great honor to be around some of the best players in the country.
The Jaguars begin this season Oct. 4 at the Tarheel Jamboree and host their first home game Nov. 22 against Tallahassee Community College.
The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.
February 26, 2014
Rackley named to All-GCAA team
During the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars’ schedule in January and early February, Abrelyn Rackley gallantly fought an injury that sidelined her and slowed her statistics buildup. But in the end, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association coaches showed their great appreciation of her talents.
The league’s coaches named Rackley to the All-GCAA second team earlier this week.
For Player of the Year, they selected South Georgia Tech’s Shameekia Murray, and James Frey of Darton State College was named Coach of the Year. The Freshman Player of the Year is Shanea Armbrister of Darton State College.
A freshman forward, Rackley (first name pronounced “uh-BREE-lin”), led the Jaguars in scoring and was ranked high in rebounding in the GCAA until she was injured on Jan. 15 at South Georgia Tech in Albany.
In the season opener against Broward College (Fla.), Rackley pumped in 28 points. In December she scored 30 at Central Georgia Tech and 34 in Memphis versus Three Rivers Community College (Mo.).
“Rackley was our steadiest player from start to finish,” said head coach James Waldon. “She scored and rebounded with the best of them. She looked dominant just before her injury. After the injury, she had to find her way again.”
Suffering stress to her knee early in the Jaguars’ January loss at South Georgia Tech, she tried to play through the injury in the second half of the game and finished with 14 points.
She again tried to play in the following game at Darton State with little success, scoring only eight points, and then sat on the bench for three games to recover.
During the five-games Rackley was saddled with the injury, the Jaguars won only one. Upon her return to action, they went 8-4.
Her stats suffered when she returned (four points in her first game back) until she regained full strength at the end of the season, scoring 20 at Middle Georgia State, 19 against league leader South Georgia Tech and 13 in Tuesday’s first-round tournament loss at Darton State.
“She didn’t regain that dominance but she rose to a very efficient level. She’s going to be special next year if she puts in the work,” Waldon said.
Rackley finished the season averaging 16 points per game, ranked fifth top scorer in the GCAA, which also is Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. She averaged 7.1 rebounds per game (second on the team) and shot 42.7 percent from the field, 59.1 from the free throw line and 31.4 from 3-point range.
“Every day, we knew what we would get on and off the court,” said assistant coach Frank Jones. “You could put 16 points and seven rebounds on the “Rack” each game. She emerged as a team leader and showed that type of toughness any coach would love to have on the team.”
Georgia Perimeter finished the season with a 13-17 record, 9-11 in the GCAA. The final game was Tuesday’s 70-64 quarterfinal loss to the defending GCAA champion Darton State in Albany. When Rackley was freshly injured in January, and trying to play against Darton on the same court, the Cavaliers beat GPC by 50 points, 91-41.
“With her hard work and a commitment to excellence, four-year schools will be fighting to get her next year,” Jones said.
2013-14 Women’s Basketball All-GCAA Team
Coach of the Year: James Frey, South Georgia Technical College. Player of the Year: Shamekia Murray, South Georgia Technical College. Freshman Player of the Year: Shanea Armbrister, Darton State College.
First Team: Shameekia Murray, South Georgia Technical College; Shanea Armbrister, Darton State College; Ta’Kierra Gibbs , Central Georgia Technical College; Lawna Kennedy , Atlanta Metro State College; Shakierya McClendon , Georgia Highlands College.
Second Team: Abrelyn Rackley, Georgia Perimeter College; Alexis Somerset, South Georgia Technical College; Mercedes Jenkins, Central Georgia Technical College; Shaquita Snow, South Georgia Technical College; Nikkei Blackburn, South Georgia Technical College.
Third Team: Amber Curtis, Georgia Highlands College; Jasmine Wilson, Darton State College; Toni Grier, Albany Technical College; Quiondra Darrisaw, Albany Technical College; Emily Russ, Central Georgia Technical College.
February 25, 2014
Dunkley nets 30 in Jags’ valiant effort, but Darton survives GPC’s upset bid
A two-month heroic battle by the Jaguars against all odds and unusual adversity—down to seven players on the roster, for example—ended with an agonizing season-ending loss at Darton State College. But compliments poured out from coaches, victors and fans alike.
Fifth-seeded Georgia Perimeter College held leads but eventually succumbed to fourth-seed Darton 70-64 in the quarterfinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletics Association tournament Tuesday at Darton’s Cavalier Arena in Albany.
Cavalier fans were quieted by the scare the Jaguars put into the defending champion Cavaliers, who had beaten GPC 71-54 in November and 91-41 in January. “ I was happy with the way our ladies played,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “They showed tremendous growth from the obstacles they had to endure this season.”
“GPC played with a lot of heart,” Darton head coach Lea Henry said. “They played a great defensive game.”
Sophomore guard Yvonna Dunkley spearheaded the valiant Jaguar effort with 30 points, tossing in six of 12 3-point shots and six of 10 free throws. Abrelyn Rackley scored 13 points and helped hold Shanae Armbrister, the GCAA’s second top scorer, to 10 points, nine below her average. But also send kudos to Briona Haywood for that feat.
“We owe most of the credit to Haywood. She bought into our game plan on how we wanted to defend [Armbrister] and she executed,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “The team deserves some credit too because they rotated properly when they needed to.”
But Darton State (23-8) had too many weapons for the Jaguars to cover. Jasmine Wilson paced the Cavaliers with 17 points, followed by Kadaysha Jones with 13 and Armbrister and Iesha Bonner with 10 each.
Georgia Perimeter finishes its season with a 13-17 record, 9-11 in GCAA action.
Darton advances to Friday’s semifinals at South Georgia Technical College, playing the host and No. 1 seed SGTC. No. 2 Georgia Highlands and No. 3 Central Georgia Tech square off in the other semifinal game.
Dunkley had 12 points in the first half, and her long-range bombs boosted GPC to an early lead that was lost when Darton tied it at 16-16. The Cavaliers then took command and held a 40-29 advantage at the break.
Georgia Perimeter cranked up the defense early in the second half, disrupting Darton’s offense and restricting Arbrister to two baskets the remainder of the game.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars went on a 17-6 run out of the locker room. With eight straight tour de force points by Dunkley—a scoop layup, three charity shots and a downtown trey--GPC tied the score at 46-46.
An immediate counter-surge gave Darton leads as large as nine points. A final push by the Jaguars fell short in the closing minute.
The Cavaliers outshot GPC from the floor 47 percent to 35 percent and won the battle of the boards 50-25. Three-pointers kept the Jaguars afloat—Rackley added three treys to Dunkley’s six, and GPC shot 41 percent in that category.
“In the end we needed one more player to step up to help shoulder the load,” Waldon said.
Noting that all Jaguars but Dunkley are freshmen, he added, “I believe, though, this is going to help us going forward into next season. We have some good pieces to build around.”
The scores in Tuesday’s other quarterfinals: South Georgia Tech 75, East Georgia Tech 37; Georgia Highlands 72, Atlanta Metro 59; Central Georgia Tech 63, Albany Tech 60.
Friday’s semifinals at South Georgia Tech will be video webcast by JockJive Sports, starting at 5:25 p.m. To watch the games, find the link at jockjive.com.
February 25, 2014
Jaguars in tournament action tonight
The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars take on defending champion Darton State College tonight at 6 p.m. in Albany in the quarterfinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament.
Georgia Perimeter is down to seven players on the roster and coming off Saturday’s 76-55 home loss to South Georgia Tech, the leader the GCAA and No. 12 ranked team in the nation.
The Jaguars finished the regular season in 5th place with a 9-11 record in the conference, 13-16 overall. But a win over Atlanta Metro Friday night clinched the No. 5 spot in the standings and tonight’s visit to fourth-seed Darton State.
Darton State won the GCAA championship last year and the Cavaliers made their first trip to nationals in more than a decade. The Cavaliers are 14-6 in the GCAA and all six losses have been to the three teams that finished above them in the standings—No. 1 South Georgia Tech, Georgia Highlands and Central Georgia Tech.
The Cavaliers are big and talented. They beat GPC 71-54 at GPC in November and 91-41 at Darton in January, but GPC’s leading scorer, Abrelyn Rackley, was injured that game.
Tonight’s game will be audio webcast with a link under "Game Webcasts" on the athletic home page.
February 22, 2014
No. 12 Jets fight off Jaguar rallies
It was Sophomore Day for Georgia Perimeter College’s single sophomore, Yvonna Dunkley, and she and the young Jaguars celebrated with a run at league-leading, nationally ranked South Georgia Technical College. Down to a bare-bones seven-woman roster, six of them freshmen, the Jaguars offered a spirited battle but couldn’t overpower South Georgia Tech and fell 76-65.
Georgia Perimeter now enters the postseason 13-16 overall and 9-11 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. They enter the GCAA quarterfinals Tuesday as the fifth seed, visiting fourth-seed and defending champion Darton State College in Albany for a 6 p.m. game.
South Georgia Tech (26-4, 19-1 GCAA), ranked 12th in the NJCAA national poll, finishes atop the conference standings and will host eighth-seed East Georgia State Tuesday.
The Jaguars stayed with the Jets through most of the first half, opening with the lead on a basket by Abrelyn Rackley. After immediately falling behind, they hung close and regained the advantage, 28-27, when Dunkley dropped in a goal off the glass.
But the regular-season champions then reeled off a 20-2 spree that ran into the second half after the Jets held a 39-30 advantage at the intermission. They then had to stave off the persistent Jaguars, who came back to dangle the outcome in suspension to the final minute.
Rackley led the Jaguars with 19 points, hitting seven of 12 from the floor and four of six from beyond the 3-point line.
She was followed by Dunkley with 16 points. Mary Guyen came off the bench for nine points, making two of three 3-point attempts. Taylor Boyd had eight points and led the team’s rebounders with 10.
South Georgia Tech’s Alexia Somerset paced four Jets in double figures with 27 points. Shamekia Murray finished with 19 points, Shaquita Snow had 10 points and eight assists and the GCAA-leading rebounder, Nikkei Blackburn, finished with 13 boards and 10 points.
Trailing by 10 or 11 for much of the second period, the Jaguars drew within five twice on a driving layup by Terita Brown and a quick turnaround shot and free-throw by Boyd.
With 2:25 remaining, Dunkley went coast-to-coast, narrowing the gap to three, 68-65.
But league MVP candidate Murray quickly answered with two points—followed by her sixth steal and a free throw—and the Jets’ game-ending eight-point run was assisted by GPC’s youthful mistakes, two turnovers and an ill-advised shot.
The quarterfinal game at Darton will be audio broadcast online, starting at 5:55 p.m., with a link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.
February 21, 2014
Jaguars’ up tempo downs Metro; GPC clinches 5th seed in tourney
A 15-0 first-half run and hot hands from all hands clinched a fifth seed for the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars as they rolled to an 80-69 victory at Atlanta Metropolitan State College Friday.
Terita Brown scored 24 points and dished off nine assists; Taylor Boyd poured in 19 points; Briona Haywood sank two key free throws; and Yvonna Dunkley produced a double-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
It all added up to the Jaguars’ third-straight victory—sixth in the past eight games—and they now know their schedule Tuesday.
Georgia Perimeter (11-15, 7-10 GCAA) will travel to Albany to play at fourth-place Darton State College in the first round of the eight-team Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. Darton (22-8, 14-6) is the reigning champion.
Georgia Perimeter shot 51 percent from the floor at Metro, rolling to a 46-33 halftime lead after a behind-the-back dribble and layup by Brown tied it at 26-26. Mary Nguyen assisted Haywood on a fast break and the up tempo Jaguars were off on a 15-0 run spurred by 10 points by Boyd.
Atlanta Metro (7-12, 7-17 GCAA) trailed by 18 in the second half but made a 16-3 comeback to narrow the score to 63-58.
Haywood then reverse the momentum with two free throws; Brown followed with a foul shot and two fast break buckets assisted by Rackley and Dunkley; and GPC rolled up a 13-5 run to ice the game.
Davone Anduze led the Trailblazers with 25 points, and Lawna Kennedy scored 19 and had 10 rebounds. Ny’asia Anderson added 15 points.
It’s Sophomore Day Saturday for the Jaguars’ lone sophomore, Dunkley, as they host first-place South Georgia Tech, 18-1 in GCAA action and ranked 12th in the NJCAA national poll. To listen to the audio webcast, starting at 1:55 p.m., find the link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.
Tuesday’s first-round tournament game at Darton also will be audio broadcast online. The broadcast and tipoff times will be announced on this website.
February 19, 2014
GPC moves up with victory at Middle Georgia
Yvonna Dunkley scored 21 points and Abrelyn Rackley had 20 as Georgia Perimeter College hopped into fifth place in the GCAA with a 75-59 victory at Middle Georgia State College in Cochran Wednesday.
Coupled with Albany Tech’s 64-62 loss to Georgia Highlands Wednesday, Georgia Perimeter surpasses the Titans and takes over fifth place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings. GPC is 9-10 in the GCAA and 13-15 overall, while Albany Tech drops to 8-11 in the conference.
Friday the Jaguars visit Atlanta Metropolitan State College at 7 p.m. They will clinch the No. 5 seed for next week’s eight-team tournament if they beat Metro. If GPC loses to South Georgia Tech in its regular season finale Saturday, the Jaguars win a tiebreaker with Albany Tech because they beat the Titans twice in their home-and-away series.
Dunkley sank seven of 12 shots, including four of seven 3-pointers, and she added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Fellow guard Terita Brown continued her hot hand of late, scoring 16 points. Briona Haywood and Antionique Johnson led the team in rebounds with 13 and 10, respectively. Rackley just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
Middle Georgia (9-14, 6-13 GCAA) was paced by Va’Queshia Hall’s double-double, 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Knights had no other player in double figures
Friday’s Atlanta Metro game will be audio broadcast online, beginning at 6:55 p.m., with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”
February 17, 2014
Brown leads 4 Jaguars in double figures
Terita Brown pumped in 22 points, and three other Jaguars hit double figures as Georgia Perimeter College breezed past short-handed Chattahoochee Technical College 89-50 Monday at Decatur Campus.
Georgia Perimeter improves to 11-15 overall and 7-10 GCAA) in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, where the Jaguars are in sixth place in the conference standings and striving to catch fifth-place Albany Tech (8-10 GCAA).
The top eight teams will enter next week’s conference tournament.
Freshman center Taylor Boyd grabbed 19 rebounds and scored 11 points for a double-double. Brown, also a freshman, had 14 points in the first half, sank 10 of 16 field goal attempts and made both of her free throws, all while pulling down eight rebounds.
Yvonna Dunkley and Abrelyn Rackley scored 17 and 16 points respectively, and Jaguar soccer forward Mary Nguyen chipped in nine, including two 3-point goals. Dunkley dished off five assists.
Chattahoochee Tech (3-20, 1-16 GCAA) played the game with only six players in uniform.
It was all Jaguars all night as they never trailed and rolled to a 46-18 halftime lead. GPC was successful on 40.2 percent of its field goal attempts while holding the Golden Eagles to 27.5 percent.
The Jaguars beat Chatt Tech on the glass 70-43. Briona Haywood contributed nine rebounds for GPC and Antionique Johnson matched Brown’s eight boards.
Courtney Street led the Eagles with 19 points, followed by Tiana Gray with 12 and Amber Mendes 11.
Wednesday the Jaguars ride the bus to Cochran to visit Middle Georgia State College. Then Friday they ride across town for a makeup game at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. The Metro game will be audio webcast, beginning at 6:55 p.m., with a link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.
February 15, 2014
East’s buzzer beater beats Jaguars
LaJanae Davis nailed a 3-point basket at the buzzer to give East Georgia State College a 53-50 upset victory over Georgia Perimeter College Saturday at Decatur Campus. After East’s Keomoney Locke tied the game 50-50 in the final minute and the Jaguars weren’t able to answer with a score, East’s head coach Brad Childers called a time out to draw up a plan.
With the final seconds ticking down, the ball was kicked out to Davis, who already had made four 3-point shots. She launched the game-winner from the right corner; the ball went through the hoop, and East escaped with a victory and revenge. In January the Jaguars defeated the Bobcats by a mirror score of 63-60 on East’s home floor in Swainsboro.
Despite the loss, the Jaguars remain in sixth place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association because the teams tied for seventh place, Andrew College and Atlanta Metro, also lost Saturday.
Georgia Perimeter (10-15, 6-10 GCAA) sits a game behind fifth-place Albany Tech, which is 8-10 in the conference. If the Jaguars should finish the regular season tied with Albany Tech, they win the tie-breaker because they’ve beaten the Titans twice.
Meanwhile, ninth-place East Georgia (9-17, 5-13 GCAA) kept its hopes alive for entrance into the eight-team conference tournament, which begins in 10 days.
Terita Brown led the Jaguars with 19 points and four assists, followed by Yvonna Dunkley with 17 points and Abrelyn Rackley with 10. Antoinique Johnson and Briona Haywood led GPC on the boards with 10 and nine rebounds, respectively.
Davis finished with 19 points, and Tiara Baker chipped in 11 for the Bobcats.
The Jaguars get a day of rest and then Monday host Chattahoochee Technical College in another conference matchup. The game will be audio webcast, beginning at 5:55 p.m., with a link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.
February 8, 2014
Jaguars move up in GCAA standings
With a strong finish in a pivotal game, the Jaguars climbed into sixth place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Saturday afternoon.
Terita Brown scored 18 points, and Abrelyn Rackley had 17 as Georgia Perimeter College exacted a measure of revenge against Andrew College 63-53 at GPC’s Decatur Campus.
The victory puts Georgia Perimeter (10-14, 6-9 GCAA) in a favorable position to make the top eight in the final conference standings, qualify for the GCAA tournament and not play either of the top two teams in the first round on Feb. 25. The Jaguars moved up into sixth place and dropped Andrew (7-12, 6-10 GCAA) into seventh in the conference. The Fighting Tigers defeated GPC 71-67 in December in Cuthbert.
“I’m happy we evened the score after they beat us down there,” GPC head coach James Waldon said. “I needed to know we were better than that, and the second half showed that. We played with heart and fought all the way.”
Andrew opened with the game’s first seven points, overcame a couple of GPC leads, ran up a 10-0 surge and led 30-23 at halftime. However, the Jaguars roared into the final half.
Within the first 30 seconds, Rackley and Haywood canned field goals, and soon after the Jags began a 12-0 run with consecutive transition points by Haywood, both assisted by Brown. The run catapulted the Jags to a 51-39 lead that they never lost.
“It shows that we’re playing pretty consistent ball right now, in the last four or five games,” Waldon said. GPC has won in three of its last four outings and four of the last six.
Rackley, in her second game back after sitting out five games with an injury, pulled down nine rebounds, as did Briona Haywood.
Haywood and Yvonna Dunkley scored 12 points apiece for the Jaguars. Brown and Dunkley each had eight boards. Dunkley handed off six assists, and Taylor Boyd had five.
Kaci Palo, who sank four 3-pointers, paced Andrew with 15 points. The Fighting Tigers outrebounded GPC 61-49 as Carol Reynolds came off the bench for 13 rebounds, followed by Jackie Finnegan with 11 and Chelsea McIntyre 10.
“We’ve got room for growth, especially on the offensive boards,” Waldon said. “We have to get better in that area.”
Next up for the Jaguars—a crosstown trip Wednesday to Atlanta Metropolitan College for another important conference matchup. Click on the link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page to tune in to the audio online broadcast, starting at 5:25 p.m.
February 5, 2014
Rally falls short vs. Central Georgia Tech as Jaguars finish with 4 players on court
For the second time this season, the roster-depleted Jaguars ended a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association game with four players on the hardwood.
Terita Brown and Yvonna Dunkley scored 22 and 19 points, respectively, in a losing effort as Georgia Perimeter College succumbed to Central Georgia Technical College 64-56 Wednesday.
After a vigorous second-half rally, Georgia Perimeter (7-13, 4-8 GCAA) saw its four big players foul out and finished the second half with four players valiantly struggling to stay in the game.
“I was pleased with our effort tonight,” said head coach James Waldon. “I hate we ended the game with four players. That really took away from the spirit of a good game.”
The Jaguars actually dressed one extra player than the seven they have been putting on the court. After sitting out for nearly three weeks with an injury, Abrelyn Rackley returned to the court and scored nine points.
Rackley, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, pulled down seven boards to head the Jaguars in that category. She played only 27 minutes as Waldon didn’t want to overwork her in her return to action.
“One stretch she was going good,” Waldon said. “To miss as long as she did, I thought she played really well.”
During Rackley’s time on the sidelines, Taylor Boyd grabbed the team’s lion’s share of rebounds, but Boyd fouled out with 7:41 remaining in the game and the Jaguars trailing 49-48.
From that turning point, Central Georgia Tech (15-7, 10-4 GCAA) reeled off a 10-2 run. With Rackley, Antionique Johnson and Briona Haywood also fouled out by the 3:38 mark, GPC was left with four guards on the floor and couldn’t catch the Titans.
The Jaguars trailed the whole first half, by 10 points midway, but they entered the intermission down only 31-28 and in the middle of an 8-0 run.
After the break Brown scored two quick buckets—one assisted by Dunkley, who had seven—and the Jags had their first lead, 32-31.
The teams exchanged several leads, with Dunkley giving GPC its final advantage, 49-48, by draining two consecutive 3-point goals.
Next, Boyd committed her fifth foul, followed by a corner 3-pointer by Tech’s Keyondra Jenkins, and the Titans never again trailed.
Emili Russ paced Central Georgia with 22 points, and Jenkins had 14. The Jaguar defense held Ta’Kierra Gibbs—third leading scorer in the GCAA with an 18.5 average—to 14 points.
“I think we’re growing,” Waldon said. “Just how much more we’re going to grow before the tournament remains to be seen.”
The top eight teams in the final GCAA standings qualify for the first round of the conference tournament on Feb. 25. The Jaguars, in seventh place, have a chance to move up Saturday when they host sixth-place Andrew College at 2:30 p.m.
To listen to the audio webcast of Saturday’s game, starting at 2:25, click on the link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.
February 3, 2014
Brown’s free throw wins for Jaguars
Terita Brown, Yvonna Dunkley and Briona Haywood came through in the closing minutes to give host Georgia Perimeter College a 61-60 victory over Albany Technical College Monday at GPC.
With the score tied 60-60, Brown calmly tossed in a free throw for the winning point with 4.3 seconds on the clock.
It was the Jaguars’ second one-point victory over Albany Tech, and it was hard-earned. GPC led most of the game—30-25 at halftime—but trailed by seven midway through the second half.
“I like the fact that they didn’t quit,” said head coach James Waldon. “Albany Tech made a couple of strong charges at them, and they dug in when they had to. That’s a tribute to maturity and growth.”
Nine days ago in Albany, Georgia Perimeter (9-13, 5-8 GCAA) nipped Albany Tech 73-72 in overtime. Monday’s victory—the Jags’ fourth in five games—puts GPC in position to move into the top six in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, qualifying for the first round of the conference tournament on Feb. 25.
Yvonna Dunkley led the Jaguars with double-double, 22 points and 10 rebounds, and she added five assists and three steals. Brown followed with 17 points and four assists.
Taylor Boyd also produced a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. After the Jags fell behind 46-39, Boyd made three field goals during a 17-3 GPC run.
Dunkley made three of six 3-point attempts and hit several key baskets, including one in the final minutes that put GPC ahead 58-53 after the Titans had scored six straight points.
A few possessions later, Tech’s Nea Slappey picked up a steal and layup, but Brown then grabbed a vital backside rebound, allowing Haywood to can a long jumper for a 60-55 lead with 1:35 remaining.
Albany Tech issued a final charge behind a goal by Quiondra Darrisaw and a clutch corner 3-pointer by Ashley Towns, knotting the score at 60. Then Brown drove the lane and iced the game with her free throw.
Former Jaguar Tajai Pearson led Albany Tech with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Toni Grier added the fourth double-double of the game with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Darrisaw contributed 11 points.
The top six teams in the final GCAA standings qualify for the conference tournament. The Jaguars, in seventh place, now stand a half game behind sixth-place Andrew College and a game behind fifth-place Albany Tech (6-7, 11-10). GPC plays Andrew at home Saturday.
Wednesday third-place Central Georgia Tech comes calling at Jaguar Arena. Central Georgia defeated GPC 76-64 on Dec. 14.
Wednesday’s game will be audio broadcast online, starting at 5:25 p.m. To listen, visit the athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” The broadcast for the Andrew game will begin at 2:25.
February 1, 2014
Dunkley, Boyd pace Jaguars in 64-49 win
Yvonna Dunkley scored 18 points and Taylor Boyd had a double-double, leading Georgia Perimeter College past Clinton Junior College (S.C.) 64-49 Saturday at Decatur Campus.
Boyd had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Terita Brown chipped in 10 points and seven assists. GPC led at halftime 31-20.
Georgia Perimeter (8-13) now prepares for a showdown Monday with Albany Tech at the Decatur Campus. It is a key Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association match-up as both teams are battling for a spot in the GCAA tournament at the end of the month.
Only the top six teams in the final standings enter the tournament, and currently GPC is in seventh place while Albany Tech is fifth.
The game will be audio webcast, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”
January 29, 2014
Wednesday’s basketball games postphoned
Because of weather conditions, the Jaguar men’s and women’s basketball games tonight (Wednesday) with Chattahoochee Tech have been postponed, Georgia Perimeter College athletic director Alfred Barney announced. No date has been set for the rescheduled games, Barney said.
The women’s next home game is Saturday at 2 p.m. as the Jaguars host Clinton College. The men play at Gordon College in Barnesville on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Next Monday, Feb. 3, both teams will host Albany Tech. Those games will be audio webcast on separate streams, the women at 5:25 p.m. and the men at 7:25. To listen visit the athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”
January 27, 2014
Atlanta Metro’s Kennedy too much for Jaguars
Coming into Monday’s conference game with Atlanta Metro State College, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars knew they had to stop the Trailblazers’ Lawna Kennedy. They held the second highest scorer in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association to seven points in the first half and led 35-30 at the intermission.
Unfortunately, in the second half Kennedy scored 27 points—finishing with 34, plus an incredible 24 rebounds—to lead the Blazers to a 77-70 overtime victory over the Jaguars at the GPC Decatur Campus.
The sophomore center’s performance overshadowed a brilliant showing by GPC’s Vyvonna Dunkley, who sent the game into overtime with two clutch free throws and scored 23 points.
Also overshadowed was Taylor Boyd, who scored 14 points, snared 11 rebounds and led a collapsing zone defense that stymied Kennedy in the first half. Terita Brown put in 16 points for the Jags and Briona Haywood had 10.
Kennedy furthermore stole the spotlight from an outstanding night by teammate Aleyah Kindred-Hendrix. She drilled five of 10 3-point attempts and ended with 25 points for the visitors.
It was the second overtime game in three days for the Jaguars (7-13, 4-8 GCAA). They won an overtime battle Saturday at Albany Technical College 73-72.
With Atlanta Metro leading 66-64 in the final seconds of regulation time, Dunkley drove the left side of the lane and drew a two-shot foul with three seconds showing on the clock. She calmly sank both free throws to launch the game into overtime.
Virtually ustoppable with Boyd fouled out, Kennedy scored nine points in overtime and sealed the outcome.
Kennedy entered the contest averaging 19.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, but the Trailblazers (3-12, 4-8 GCAA) were languishing in 10th place, second from the cellar in the conference standings. Georgia Perimeter drops into eighth place.
Wednesday the Jaguars host last-place Chattahoochee Tech, a team they beat in December. The game begins at 5:30 p.m. and it will be audio webcast with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”
January 25, 2014
Jags end road woes with OT win; Dunkley pumps in 25, Brown 18
Yvonna Dunkley scored 25 points; Terita Brown chipped in 18. No surprises there. But a Georgia Perimeter College soccer standout gave the roster-depleted Jaguars a welcome surprise as they outlasted Albany Tech 73-72 in overtime Saturday in Albany.
A recent addition to the Jaguars, Mary Nguyen, produced a key steal and layup in the overtime period and finished with six points and four steals. Nguyen was a striker for the GPC soccer team this fall.
The victory stopped a three-game losing streak for Georgia Perimeter, lifting the Jaguars to 7-12, 4-7 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. GPC was 2-3 in a two-week five-game span on the road.
Albany Tech (10-9, 5-6 GCAA) held fifth place in the conference standings going into the game, while the Jaguars were tied for eighth place. The top six teams in the conference standings will participate in the GCAA tournament at the end of February.
Taylor Boyd just missed a double-double, pulling down 16 rebounds and scoring nine points. Despite limited minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, she had 12 boards by the intermission.
Dunkley also fell one short of a double-double, collecting nine rebounds and seven assists. Brown had eight rebounds, while Briona Haywood contributed 10 points.
With the Jaguars trailing 28-25 at halftime and their front court in serious foul trouble, the Titans opened the second half aggressively and extended the lead to 38-29 within five minutes.
But the Jaguars scrapped their way back to snatch away the lead 49-47 at the 7:20 mark.
“I was really pleased with how the team responded, being short-handed and in foul trouble,” said head coach James Waldon. For the second straight game, GPC played without leading scorer Abrelyn Rackley, who was injured 10 days ago.
In the final minutes, Dunkley hit big basket after big basket, but Titan guard Quiondra Darrisaw kept Tech close by knocking down four 3-pointers in the second half, two in the last four minutes.
With 1:20 on the clock, the Jaguars led 61-59, but a put-back lurched Tech ahead 63-61.
After Waldon called a timeout to design a play for Dunkley, she took a baseline pass from Brown and drove the lane to send the duel into overtime.
Boyd opened the OT with a rebound and soft jumper, followed by Nguyen’s steal and driving layup and a clutch three by Dunkley. The Jags then held on, although Tech made three free throws at the end to draw within one before the horn.
Toni Grier led Albany Tech with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Darrisaw finished with 14 points. Tajai Pearson had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and she blocked five shots.
In soccer this fall, Nguyen, a freshman from North Adams, Mass., netted five goals and two assists for 12 points, helping the Jaguars to a 14-2 season. She is believed to be the first two-sport athlete at GPC since Waldon’s Joy Mitchell led the tennis team to an NJCAA national championship in 2000.
After five games on the road, the Jaguars will reacquaint with their home court Monday at 5:30 p.m. in a GCAA matchup with Atlanta Metropolitan State College. The game will be audio webcast with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”
January 22, 2014
Short-handed Jags fall to Highlands
Playing with a diminished roster, without their leading scorer and with only four players in the closing minutes, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars never gave up. But they were overpowered by the depth of Georgia Highlands College 82-55 Wednesday in Rome.
The Jaguars have dropped three consecutive league games, slipping to 3-7 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 6-12 overall.
Abrelyn Rackley, the squad’s scoring and rebounding leader, was injured a week ago and sat out the game.
Yvonna Dunkley picked up the slack to lead GPC with 21 points. Terita Brown chipped in 17, scoring 13 in the first half.
But first-half problems continued to plague the Jaguars, as Georgia Highlands (18-4, 11-1 GCAA) held an 18-7 advantage six minutes into the game.
GPC drew within 10 points, spurred by a couple of 3-point goals by Dunkley, but a 13-8 run gave the Chargers a 50-35 lead at the intermission.
Adding to the difficulty in the second half was foul trouble in the front court. Taylor Boyd, Antoinique Johnson and Briona Haywood fouled out, and the Jaguars finished the final 3:30 with but four players on the court.
Regardless, the foursome managed a couple steals and baskets.
“I was proud of how they finished despite being short-handed,” GPC head coach James Waldon said.
Georgia Highlands, the second-place team in the GCAA standings, was led by China Henderson and Shakierya McClendon with 17 points apiece. Amber Curtis added 16 and Aujana Dawkins 13.
Saturday the Jags finish this brutal five-game road stretch, visiting Albany Tech at 2 p.m.
GPC returns to the home court Monday, facing Atlanta Metropolitan State College at 5:30 p.m. To hear the audio broadcast online visit the athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”
January 18, 2014
Darton State races past Jaguars
Six Darton State College players hit double figures as the Cavaliers defeated Georgia Perimeter College 91-41 Saturday in Albany.
Georgia Perimeter fell behind 48-27 at halftime and, stymied by Darton’s pressure defense, went ice cold in the second half, scoring a mere 14 points.
It was the second straight conference loss for the struggling Jaguars, who now drop to 3-6 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 6-11 overall.
The GCAA’s leading scorer, Shanae Armbrister, paced the Cavaliers with 19 points, one shy of her 20.1 average.
GPC’s top scorer, Abrelyn Rackley, played through an injury sustained a week ago and managed eight points. She ranks fourth in the league with a 17.9 average.
The Jaguars were led by Yvonna Dunkley with 14 points and seven rebounds. Briona Haywood and Antoinique Johnson pulled down six rebounds each, and Terita Brown had four assists.
Also reaching double figures for Darton (15-6, 6-4 GCAA) were DaQuenna Moore, coming off the bench for 17 points; and starters Jasmine Wilson, 13, and Iesha Bonner, Kaydaysha Jones and Cedricka Sweeting, 10 apiece.
Armbrister and Moore each made it a double-double with 14 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Wilson had seven assists for the Cavs.
The Jaguars continue a demanding five-game span on the road, playing next at Georgia Highlands Wednesday and at Albany Tech next Saturday. Highlands (17-4, 10-1) sits in second place in the GCAA standings and Albany Tech is fifth, three places above Georgia Perimeter.
GPC’s next home game will be with Atlanta Metropolitan State College on Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. That contest will be audio broadcast online with a link at the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”
January 15, 2014
Weak finish brings loss to GCAA leader
Nationally ranked South Georgia Tech didn’t leave much doubt about why they sit atop the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings.
The Jets, ranked No. 25 in this week’s NJCAA coaches poll, shot down the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars 67-44 Wednesday in Americus.
The Jaguars (6-10, 3-5 GCAA) trailed only by six, 31-25, at the half, but Tech overran them 36-18 in the final period.
Coach James Waldon said he was disappointed in the Jaguars’ lack of intensity.
“We’re in the heart of our conference schedule and it doesn’t get any easier with a game Saturday against Darton,” he said.
South Georgia Tech (16-3, 9-0 GCAA), averaging 74 points a game in conference action, opened the game with a quick 6-0 run.
A setback for GPC came at the 11 minute mark when leading scorer and rebounder Abrelyn Rackley came off a rebound attempt with an injury. She sat out the remainder of the period but played some in the second half.
With 3:15 left before the intermission, GPC tied it at 20-20. But Tech scored the last five points of the half and never looked back.
In her limited court time, Rackley put in 14 points and grabbed five rebounds to pace the Jaguars. Yvonna Dunkley had 13 points and five boards, and Taylor Boyd led on the glass with eight rebounds and garnered 12 points.
Alexia Somerset led the Jets with 19 points, followed by Shameekia Murray with 13 and Shaquita Snow with 11.
The Jaguars remain on the road with visits to Darton State Saturday and Georgia Highlands and Albany Tech next week. Their next home game is Jan. 27 with Atlanta Metropolitan State College.
January 11, 2014
Jaguars hang on for win at East Georgia
Georgia Perimeter College notched back-to-back victories for the second time this season with a 63-60 road victory over East Georgia State College Saturday in Swainsboro.
Freshman guard Laisha Moore paced the Jaguars with 16 points on seven-for-13 shooting and six assists. She was two-for-four from beyond the 3-point arc.
With their second consecutive conference victory this week, the Jaguars improve to 3-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 6-9 on the season. They vaulted past East Georgia (7-9, 3-5 GCAA) into a tie with Albany Tech for sixth place in the standings.
It wasn’t easy. With just above two minutes left in the game, the Jaguars had an 11-point margin and looked as if they would cruise home with a double-digit victory.
But the scrappy Bobcats went on a 10-0 run—including two deep 3-point goals by Chasity Mullins and Tierney Haythe—and drew within a point.
“We have to find a way to consistently score and start and finish games with a sense of defensive intensity,” GPC head coach James Waldon said.
In the frantic finale—after GPC’s Terita Brown hit the second of two foul shots with 18 seconds on the clock—East Georgia closed the margin to 61-60. The Bobcats quickly fouled point guard Yvonna Dunkley with 3.3 seconds remaining.
Dunkley, who had missed all four of her previous attempts from the charity stripe, calmly stepped up to the line and sank both free throws to extend the lead to 63-60. East Georgia couldn’t penetrate GPC’s zone press to get a shot off before the buzzer.
GPC trailed 29-26 at the halftime break, but within six minutes in the second period pulled ahead 35-31. On three straight GPC possessions in the last half, Moore knocked down two 3-point shots and canned a pull-up jumper from the left base line.
Abelyn Rackley scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds for GPC, and Dunkley chipped in 11 points and seven boards. Taylor Boyd also had seven rebounds.
Mullins led East Georgia with 17 points, hitting seven-for-12 from the field and three of seven 3-pointers.
Wednesday the Jaguars ride to Americus to take on the GCAA leader, South Georgia Technical College. The Jets (15-3, 8-0 GCAA) received votes in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association poll, ranking them among the top 31 teams in the nation.
After more away outings at Darton State, Georgia Highlands and Albany Tech, GPC’s next home game will be with Atlanta Metropolitan State College on Jan. 27.
January 8, 2014
Boyd’s double-double helps Jags to league win
Freshman center Taylor Boyd dominated the paint and five players scored in double figures as Georgia Perimeter College beat Middle Georgia State College 73-64 Wednesday at Decatur Campus.
Boyd’s double-double—14 points and a whopping 18 rebounds—help propel the Jaguars to 5-9 overall and 2-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.
But heroines abounded. Yvonna Dunkley led the team in scoring with 17 points had eight rebounds and handed out five assists. Terita Brown registered 14 points, five assists, nine rebounds and three steals.
Abrelyn Rackley tallied 13 points and seven rebounds, followed by Laisha Moore with 12 points and four assists.
After three lead changes in the first half—the Jaguars held a 33-26 edge at the intermission—GPC took command early in the final period and at one point led by 11 points.
Then Middle Georgia (6-4, 3-3 GCAA) surged and took a 56-55 lead on a three-pointer by Diamond Hudson with 7:45 left in the game. Boyd answered with a put-back on her own shot to swipe back the lead.
Rackley followed another lead change by swishing a long jumper and then busting through a triple-team for a bucket. Dunkley sank a free throw; Laisha Moore went coast-to-coast for a 64-58 lead, and GPC closed it out with little doubt.
Dunkley and Rackley spurred the team in the final period with 10 points apiece and Boyd contributed eight.
The Knights were paced by Hudson and their leading scorer, Va’Queshia Hall, each with 10 points. The Jaguars confined Hall, a lanky freshman forward, to four points below her average because Boyd and Rackley consistently intimidated the visitors around the basket.
Consequently, Middle resorted to bombs, hitting only five of 22 3-point tries, and finished with a mere 29.3 percent success rate from the field (22 of 75).
Meanwhile, GPC made 28 of 71 field goal attempts, 39.4 percent. The Jaguars didn’t fare as well from the free throw line, making only eight of 18 (44.4 percent).
The game possibly marked the final visit to the GPC court by Anderson Ligon, who is in his ninth season coaching at Middle Georgia. Having consolidated with Macon State College to form Middle Georgia State College, the Knights will leave the GCAA next year and compete as a four-year college in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Saturday the Jaguars begin a three-week stretch on the road, visiting East Georgia State College for a GCAA matchup at 2 p.m. They’ll visit four other conference opponents before the next home game on Jan. 27 versus Atlanta Metropolitan State College.
January 5, 2014
No. 6 Shelton State drops Jaguars again
Nationally ranked Shelton State Community College defeated Georgia Perimeter College for the second time within a month, prevailing 91-54 Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Shelton State (13-1), ranked No. 9 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll—and most likely higher in the next poll—defeated the Jaguars 80-62 on Dec. 17 at Georgia Perimeter.
“Playing elite teams this time of the year gives us an opportunity to really evaluate how far our team has grown as we get ready for the grind of the conference schedule,” said GPC head coach James Waldon.
Freshman forward Abrelyn Rackley led Georgia Perimeter (4-9) and all scorers with 21 points, accentuating her ability to score against national contenders. In last month’s bout with Shelton State at GPC she led all with 18 points.
Rackley netted 10 of 17 field goal attempts, and Laisha Moore made five of 10, finishing with 12 points. But the Jaguars mostly were cold from the floor, hitting only 22 of 60 attempts.
Turnovers also plagued GPC as Shelton State jumped out to a double-digit lead within the first five minutes. The Jaguars committed three turnovers in their first six possessions and had 12 first-half turnovers, many leading to easy, uncontested shots.
After trailing 55-23 at the half, GPC turned in a better second period, holding the Buccaneers to 36 points while scoring 31 and committing only six turnovers.
Though having an off-day with the basket, Yvonna Dunkley dished off six assists for the Jaguars.
Kendara Watts led Shelton State with 17 points, while Katherine Goldsby and Tierra Williams scored 11 apiece.
The Jaguars return to action Wednesday, hosting Middle Georgia State College at 5:30 p.m. To hear the audio webcast visit the GPC athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”
December 31, 2013
Jaguars hold off S.W. Tennessee; Brown leads way with 22 points
Head coach James Waldon stresses the importance of players establishing a rhythm and being more patient on offense in the first five minutes of the second half, when many teams lose control of a basketball game. Tuesday the Jaguars responded to that message.
Terita Brown scored 22 points and Yvonna Dunkley had 19 as Georgia Perimeter College held off pesky Southwest Tennessee Community College 72-69 at the Saluqi Classic in Memphis Tenn. The Jaguars did it by starting out the second half on fire.
“I’m proud of how the ladies played the last couple of days,” said Waldon. “Games against quality competition can only continue to help this young team mature and grow.”
The Jaguars (4-8) went back and forth with Southwest for most of the first half. Dunkley hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give GPC a 35-33 lead at the break.
Then the Jaguars followed Waldon’s advice about second-half intensity and expanded their lead to 56-44 with 12:12 left in the game.
After a timeout, Southwest (0-10) pressed, forced turnovers and knocked down a barrage of threes to cut the lead to 68-66. A long trey by Dominique Malone gave the Saluqis a 69-68 lead with 43 seconds remaining.
With the 30-second clock running down, Dunkley drove toward the right baseline and pulled up to can a nice runner and put the Jags back up by one, 70-69 with 18 seconds on the clock.
Taylor Boyd snared a defensive rebound to give GPC a key stop, and Abrelyn Rackley calmly stepped up to the line to knock down two free throws, ice the game and end GPC’s four-game losing streak.
In addition to scoring 22 points, Brown celebrated her birthday with 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
Rackley finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, and fellow freshman Antoinique Johnson scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in 18 minutes of play.
Ajee Smith led Southwest Tennessee (0-10) with 18 points, and Dominique Malone chipped in 11.
The Jaguars continue on the road with a 2 p.m. Sunday visit to ninth-ranked Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Shelton State beat GPC 82-60 two weeks ago at Jaguar Arena.
On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Jaguars return to their home court and GCAA action, hosting Middle Georgia State College. That game will be audio broadcast online, starting at 5:25 p.m. To listen to the play-by-play, visit the GPC athletic website and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”
December 30, 2013
Rackley scores 34 as Jaguars edged 86-83
Red-hot Abrelyn Rackley racked up 34 points in a losing effort as Georgia Perimeter College fell to Three Rivers Community College (Mo.) 86-83 Monday at the Saluqi Classic in Memphis.
Three Rivers (11-2), ranked No. 25 in the NJCAA national poll, led 47-37 at halftime, but the Jaguars rallied and made the final minutes exciting.
Despite slipping into a four-game losing streak, the Jaguars (3-8) executed well against a tough opponent on the first day of the invitational hosted by Southwest Tennessee Community College. They shot 56.9 percent from the floor, making 33 of 58 attempts.
“We played hard and it was by far our best game of the season,” said GPC assistant coach Frank Jones.
Rackley hit one of two free throws and cut the lead to three with 45 seconds remaining. Head coach James Waldon immediately called a time out to set up the defense.
But Anna Vogt scored on a nice cut to the basket to extend the Raiders’ lead back to five with 15 seconds left.
The Jaguars’ Briona Haywood got her own rebound and scored in the closing seconds to cut it to three at the buzzer.
Rackley canned a remarkable 12 of 17 field goals (70.5 percent), including both of two 3-point attempts. She sank eight of 11 from the foul line.
Taylor Boyd and Yvonna Dunkley each scored 12 points and Terita Brown contributed 11 for GPC. Dunkley led the Jags with seven rebounds and handed out six assists.
Three Rivers was led by Vogt with 22 points, followed by Aaryana Cook with 17 and All-American Erin Bollman with 15. Macy Wright added 11.
The Jaguars will celebrate New Year’s Eve on the same court, playing host Southwest Tennessee Tuesday at 4 p.m.
GPC’s next home game will be on Jan. 8 with Middle Georgia State College. The game will be audio webcast, starting at 5:25 p.m., with a link at the GPC athletic website under “Game Webcasts.”
December 17, 2013
No. 9 Shelton State downs Jaguars
The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars fell too far behind to catch Shelton State Community College (Ala.) and dropped a nonconference matchup 82-60 Tuesday at Jaguar Arena on the GPC Decatur Campus.
Shelton State, ranked ninth in last week’s National Junior College Athletic Association poll, took a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes and never trailed.
Abrelyn Rackley led Georgia Perimeter (3-7) and all scorers with 18 points. She also snagged eight rebounds and three steals.
Yvonna Dunkley netted 14 points for GPC, including two of three 3-point attempts. Taylor Boyd added 12 points and Terita Brown 10. Boyd sank eight of 12 from the free-throw line.
The Jaguars closed within three points early in the first half, but then went three minutes without a tally while the Buccaneers ran up 11 on the scoreboard. The visitors soon after scored 13 points in a two-minute stretch to push GPC down 25 points late in the first half.
But the Jaguars reeled off a 13-2 run that narrowed the margin to 45-31 at the intermission.
Shelton State (11-1) opened the final period with a 17-4 run and coasted to the end, leading by as much as 29 points. The Buccaneers were led by Shadijah Moore with 14 points and Kendara Watts and Amber Elliott with 11 apiece.
After the Christmas break, the Jaguars travel to Memphis for the Saluqi Classic at Southwest Tennessee Community College. They take on Three Rivers Community College (Mo.) on Monday, Dec. 30, and on New Year’s Eve play Southwest Tennessee.
The Jaguars’ next home game will be on Jan. 8 with Middle Georgia State College. The game will be audio webcast, starting at 5:25 p.m., with a link at the GPC athletic website under “Game Webcasts.”
December 14, 2013
Central Georgia Tech gains revenge despite Rackley’s 30-point rampage
The 2012-13 season ended for Central Georgia Tech on February 26 when the Jaguars prevailed 97-90 in a classic overtime battle and advanced to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament semifinals.
Saturday Central Georgia gained a measure of revenge with a 76-64 victory over Georgia Perimeter in the Titan’s new state-of-the-art basketball arena in Macon.
The loss soiled an outstanding performance by the Jaguars’ Abrelyn Rackley, who ripped the nets for 30 points. The freshman forward from St. Louis—virtually unstoppable—made 10 of 19 field goal attempts, sank 10 of 17 from the charity stripe and pulled seven rebounds off the glass.
“She had a great game,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “But we’ve got to get more help from other players, more consistency from at least two or three others. That’s what we’re lacking right now.”
Georgia Perimeter (3-6, 1-4 GCAA) held brief one-point leads in the first half, and trailed only 35-31 at the intermission. The Jaguars held Central’s leading scorer, Ta’Kierra Gibbs, to one point in the first period.
But the Titans, formerly the Cougars, wore their new name well, dominating the second half as Gibbs took control to finish with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gibbs is the third leading scorer in the GCAA.
Yvonna Dunkley followed Rackley with 13 points, and Taylor Boyd led the Jaguars with 10 rebounds.
For Central Georgia (7-3, 4-1) Emili Russ contributed 18 points—nine above her average—while Breanna Bryant had 13 and Kanaja Murray added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Tuesday the Jaguars face another formidable opponent, hosting Shelton State Community College (Ala.), ranked ninth in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. The game will be audio broadcast online, starting at 5:55 p.m, with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”
December 7, 2013
Jaguars suffer rare loss to Andrew
Last year the Jaguars defeated Andrew College 91-34 and 80-51 in their two meetings, continuing their decade-long winning streak in the series, but the Fighting Tigers abruptly turned the tables on the Jags Saturday.
After Georgia Perimeter College led 36-28 at halftime, Andrew outscored the visitors 43-31 in the second half to snatch a 71-67 victory on its home court in Cuthbert.
The last time the Jaguars were outscored by Andrew was on Feb. 21, 2009, when the Tigers prevailed 52-51 after losing to GPC a month earlier. However, Andrew forfeited that win because of an NJCAA violation.
In its four championship seasons prior to that, GPC won every meeting with Andrew, so the Jaguars’ winning streak over the Tigers stretched back at least a decade. In the last three seasons, the Jaguars dominated the series with an average winning margin of 36 points.
Saturday’s loss drops the struggling Jaguars to 1-3 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 3-5 overall.
GPC was cold from the floor, shooting 32.4 percent (23 of 71).
Jamiyah Clemons scored 14 points to lead GPC, and Brytney Bennett followed with 10.
Terita Brown and Taylor Boyd added nine each, and Brown had 11 rebounds, four assists and six steals.
Andrew (3-5, 2-4) was led by Kaci Palo with 16 points and Raven Favors with 14.
The Jaguars get a little rest and then Saturday ride to Macon for a GCAA game with Central Georgia Tech. The game will be audio broadcast online, starting at 1:55 p.m. To listen, visit the athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”
The next home game will be with Shelton State Community College (Ala.) on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. That game also will be audio webcast, beginning at 5:55.
Central Georgia Tech’s gym is located at 1780 Anthony Road in Macon. The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.
December 2, 2013
Jaguars break into GCAA win column
Abrelyn Rackley and Terita Brown each scored 17 points as Georgia Perimeter College established its first winning streak of the season with an 81-67 victory over Chattahoochee Technical College Monday in Smyrna.
The win is the first for the Jaguars in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association after losing two conference games in November. It represents their first back-to-back wins—they defeated Chattanooga State Saturday. They improve to 3-4 overall, 1-2 in the GCAA.
The Golden Eagles (2-5, 0-4) scored the first bucket quickly but then the Jaguars ripped off a 14-0 run in the next six minutes to take a 14-2 lead.
After GPC led comfortably 51-23 at the halftime, Chattahoochee’s new head coach Keith Lundy made a key adjustment at the intermission. Rose Robinson took over the point guard position and guided a second-half near-comeback by the Golden Eagles. They outscored the Jags 44-30 in the final 20 minutes, but GPC had its two top scorers, Rackley and Yvonna Dunkley on the bench.
Rackley dropped in all of her 17 points in the first half, and then sat out the second period. Jamiyah Clemons followed her and Brown with 15 points, and Briona Haywood had 12.
Courtney Street led Chatt Tech with 14 points. Bri Tiggs added 11 and Robinson finished with 10. The Jaguar defense held Tiana Gray, averaging 18.8 points per game, to five points.
Next up for the Jaguars is a long bus ride Saturday to Cuthbert for another GCAA game with Andrew College.
On the following Saturday, Dec. 14, GPC visits Central Georgia Tech for a league contest at 2 p.m. The next home game will be with Shelton State Community College (Ala.) on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Both of those games will be audio broadcast online, starting five minutes before tipoff. To listen, visit the athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”
November 30, 2013
Brown and Dunkley show hot hands as 3 guards lead Jags past Chatt State
Terita Brown scored 24 points and Georgia Perimeter College ended a four-game losing streak with an 88-73 win over Chattanooga State Community College Saturday at the GPC Classic in Decatur.
After a slow start—typical so far this season—the Jaguars (2-4) jump-started the offense, winning their first game since Nov. 2 with five players reaching double figures.
Brown, a freshman guard from McCormick, S.C., had the breakout game of her college career with 10 field goals of 16 attempts. Fellow guards Yvonna Dunkley and Jamiyah Clemons contributed 18 and 13 points, respectively.
Meanwhile in the front court, Taylor Boyd scored 12 points and Abrelyn Rackley added 10 and six rebounds—each doing so despite sitting out a whole half.
GPC held a slim halftime edge, 41-38, but ramped up the defense for the second half, containing the Tigers to a mere 20 points in the final 20 minutes. The visitors finished with only one 3-point goal of 14 attempts, but the Jags weren’t much better, sinking only four of 16.
Daisha Eddy led Chattanooga State (7-4) with 18 points. Jasmine Mailoto had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Jaguars visit conference foe Chattahoochee Tech Monday in Smyrna. The game will be audio broadcast online, starting at 5:25 p.m. with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”
GULF COAST 88, SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE 44: Gulf Coast State College (10-0) produced a 30-point first-half run, and Southwest Tennessee (0-7) never recovered, trailing 52-15 at halftime. Jessica Morton led the Commodores with 17 points, eight rebounds and five steals. She was followed by Angelique Earl with 13 points, Destini Feagin 12, Chelsey Gibson 11 and Kayla Montgomery 10.
GEORGIA HIGHLANDS 73, ROANE STATE 64: Georgia Highlands improved to 7-3 on the season, while Roane State slipped to 5-5. Roane State was led by Rameja Bell with 14 points, Cayla Oglesby with 13, and Ashley Cox 10.
November 29, 2013
Jaguars fall to Roane State at GPC Classic
Abrelyn Rackley registered another double-double in a losing effort as Roane State Community College defeated Georgia Perimeter College 65-58 Friday at the GPC Classic in Decatur.
Rackley led the Jaguars (1-4) with 15 points and 12 rebounds. She had 24 points and 13 rebounds last week against Georgia Highlands.
Roane State (5-4) sprinted to a 17-0 lead and never trailed. A bucket by Jamiyah Clemons broke the Jaguars’ silence with 14:46 on the clock, and it spurred a 13-0 run by GPC. Twice drawing within two points, the Jaguars trailed 32-29 at the half.
The final period followed suit—the Raiders outscored their hosts 33-29. GPC closed it to one point once but couldn’t seize the lead, losing its fourth consecutive game.
Clemons finished with eight points and Antionique Johnson and Briona Haywood each scored seven. Tarita Brown contributed five assists. Rameja Bell led Roane State with 15 points, followed by Shantae Brown’s 13 and 13 by Nicole Hassler (11 in the second half).
The Jaguars will meet Chattanooga State Community College Saturday in the final game of the GPC Classic. The game will be audio webcast, beginning at 4:55. To listen to the play-by-play, visit the GPC athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”
Monday the Jaguars return to Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association action, crossing town to face Chattahoochee Tech. That game also will be audio broadcast online, starting at 5:25 p.m. with a link on the athletic home page.
GEORGIA HIGHLANDS 83, SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE 58: Georgia Highlands (6-3) won the opener of the GPC Classic with four Chargers scoring in double figures. Shakierya McClendon scored 19 and Amber Curtis had 18, Aujana Dawkins 12 and Cassidy Allen 10. For Southwest Tennessee (0-6), Tatiana led with 13 points and Dominique Malone added 12.
NO. 2 GULF COAST 100, CHATTANOOGA STATE 79: Five Commodores scored in double figures to lead unbeaten Gulf Coast State College (9-0), ranked second in the NJCAA national poll. Jessica Morton led the point parade with 19, followed by Dominique Powell with 17, Destini Feaggin 16, Chelsey Gibson 15 and Angeline Earl 12. Morton also pulled down 13 rebounds and Powell and Kayla Montgomery grabbed 10 and 12 apiece. Chattanooga State Community College (7-3) was led by Simone Smith with 20 points and Araya Flemings with 14.
The GPC Classic is played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.
November 20, 2013
Late Georgia Highlands rally dooms Jaguars
Abrelyn Rackley scored 24 points and had a double-double, but league-leading Georgia Highlands College overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to beat the Jaguars 74-72 Wednesday at Decatur Campus.
Georgia Perimeter led 35-34 at halftime and built a 13-point advantage midway through the second half and then let the game slip away in the final 90 seconds.
With a three-game losing streak, the Jaguars drop to 1-3 and 0-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Georgia Highlands leads the GCAA with a 3-0 mark, 4-3 overall.
Rackley, fourth in league scoring with 18.5 points per game, made six of seven free throws and nine of 16 from the field. She led the team in rebounds with 13.
Despite her effort, GPC was outmuscled and outmaneuvered in the second half. Trailing 66-53 with 8:18 remaining, the Chargers went on a 21-4 run to seize the victory.
Amber Curtis, who finished with 18 points, led the rally in the final 2:21 with a layup, two steals, an assist and two free throws. GPC took three shots in the frantic final seconds but missed.
Three other Jaguars scored in double figures—Jamiyah Clemons had 12 points and Taylor Boyd and Yvonna Dunkley each added 10. Dunkley handed out six assists and Clemons had four, along with four steals.
Clemons and Dunkley each sank a trey and a field goal to power a two-minute 14-3 run that put the Jaguars up 64-51 with 10 minutes left in the game. However, with 8:18 on the clock, Curtis got the first of three field goals she produced in little over a minute to jump-start the Chargers’ comeback.
Daijea Anderson paced Georgia Highlands with 19 points, and Sierra Bubb, the game-high rebounder with 19 boards, also produced a double-double with 18 points.
The Jaguars take a rest until after Thanksgiving, when they host the annual GPC Classic. Friday, Nov. 29, they face Roane State Community College (Tenn.) at 5 p.m., and Saturday at 5 p.m. they play Chattanooga State Community College (Tenn.).
Those games will be audio broadcast online, starting at 4:55, with a link at the GPC athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”
Other top basketball programs participating in the invitational are Georgia Highlands, Gulf Coast State College (Fla.) and Southwest Community College (Tenn.).
Defending champs surge to down Jaguars
Saturday the defending champion of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, Darton State College, showed why the Cavaliers should be in the running again this year even though they already have suffered a conference loss.
After holding a five-point edge at the intermission, Darton turned up the heat to dominate the second half and defeat Georgia Perimeter College 71-54 at Decatur Campus.
It was the GCAA opener for Georgia Perimeter (1-2, 0-1), while Darton (4-3, 1-1) rebounded from Wednesday’s 73-57 conference loss at home to Central Georgia Tech.
A Briona Haywood field goal and Yvonna Dunkley’s two free throws drew GPC within three points twice in the final minutes of the first half, and the buzzer sounded with Darton ahead a mere 32-27.
But the Cavaliers set a new tone in the first minute of the second half. A trey by Shanae Armbrister and a goal by Kaydaysha Jones produced a 10-point lead that the Cavs maintained for much of the final period.
Unsettled by Darton’s swarming 2-3 zone defense, the Jaguars suffered an icy night from the field, sinking only 35 percent of their shots, 20 of 57. Also, they dropped in only 12 of 21 free throws.
“I’ve said it from the beginning—everything this year hinges on how much they grow between August and March,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “Some of them have to learn to play. They struggle with understanding defense and they’re not moving the ball well on offense.”
Freshman forward Abrelyn Rackley paced GPC with 16 points, followed by Dunkley and Brytney Bennett with 14 each.
Darton’s Armbrister led all scorers with 20 points. Three other Cavaliers broke into double figures—Jones had 15, Cedricka Sweeting and Iesha Bonner 11 apiece.
Armbrister also led in rebounding, along with Bonner, with nine boards each. Bennett and Antoinique Johnson each had eight rebounds to lead the Jaguars.
A telltale statistic for the Jaguars, and a tribute to Darton’s defense, lies in the turnover column. The Jags gave up the ball 22 times, while Darton committed only 14 turnovers. Darton stole the ball 13 times. GPC recorded only four thefts.
Wednesday, the Jaguars host another GCAA opponent, Georgia Highlands State College, at 5:30 p.m. The contest will be audio broadcast online, starting at 5:25, with a link at the GPC athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”
November 9, 2013
Jaguars open with split in Florida; Rackley and Dunkley scorch nets
The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars opened their season with a lopsided victory, a two-point loss to a nationally ranked team, an extraordinary college debut and an equally impressive scoring spree by a sophomore transferee.
Friday, Abrelyn Rackley, a freshman forward from St. Louis playing her first college game, poured in 28 points, leading the Jaguars past Broward College (Fla.) 80-47 at the Girls Basketball Report Classic. The event was a three-day, 12-team invitational hosted by Chipola College in Marianna, Fla.
Saturday, sophomore guard Yvonna Dunkley one-upped her, scoring a career-high 29 as Georgia Perimeter (1-1) staged a second-half rally but fell 75-73 to Northwest Florida State College, ranked No. 7 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.
Northwest Florida held a 47-35 halftime advantage, but the Jaguars outscored the Raiders 38-28 in the second half, giving the No. 7 team a good run for the money.
Dunkley, a transfer from Cowley County Community College (Kansas), hit seven of 14 field goals—including four of nine 3-pointers—and sank 11 of 19 free throws.
Terita Brown added 10 points; Rackley had nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds; and Briona Haywood came off the bench for eight points and nine boards.
Takisha Jordan and Carla Batchelor led Northwest Florida (4-0) with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
In Friday’s season opener, the Jaguars lit the scoreboard early and often, posting a 45-22 halftime lead over Broward.
Rackley hit 60 percent from the field, 12 of 20 attempts, sinking two of three from the 3-point line. She took two free throws and converted both. Her eight rebounds were second only to teammate Antoinique Johnson’s game-high 10.
Haywood had 13 points, again off the bench, and Dunkley handed out nine assists.
Broward (0-3) was led by Sade Tutson with 15 points.
Next, the Jaguars open their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule Saturday, hosting defending champion Darton State College at 11 a.m. in Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.
November 7, 2013
Jaguars primed for season with all-new lineup
The Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team has a brand-new look this year. Not the uniform and branding stuff—the players inside the uniforms. Nobody is returning from last year’s squad.
Only two sophomore transfers lend experience—5-9 guard Yvonna Dunkley (Snellville, South Gwinnett H.S., Cowley County C.C. in Kansas) and 6-1 forward Brytney Bennett of South Bend, Ind.
“We’re very young, and the season outlook depends on how fast they mature,” said James Waldon, who enters his 16th season as head coach of the Jaguars.
Waldon brought in Frank Jones as assistant coach, a familiar assistant as the two worked together when Waldon coached the Atlanta Trojans men’s professional team. Also assisting will be Anikia Jawara, a former Jaguar who starred at New Mexico State.
Despite the abundance of youth on the roster, the coaches say they are enthused about the season outlook.
“These are talented young players,” Waldon said. “If they adjust to our system and understand teamwork, they’ll contend in the conference.”
The season openers this weekend represent baptism by fire, a longstanding strategy of Waldon’s when it comes to the nonconference schedule. The Jaguars will face always-challenging Florida teams in the Girls Basketball Report Classic, a 12-team invitational tournament at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla.
Friday they play Broward College, and Saturday is a date with Northwest Florida State College, ranked seventh in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.
The baptism continues on the following Saturday as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule opens surprising early in the season. The Jaguars will host with defending GCAA champion, Darton State College.
A major force in the paint will be 5-10 freshman forward Abrelyn Rackley, from St. Louis, Mo., and Miller Career Academy. She’s a hard rebounder and, like Dunkley, a potential scoring machine.
Others in the front court include 6-3 center Taylor Boyd, also from St. Louis and Miller Career Academy; and forwards Antionique Johnson (5-10, Hammond, Ind., Morton H.S.) and Briona Haywood (5-10, Birmingham, Ala., Clay-Chalkville H.S.).
A promising playmaker and scorer is Terita Brown, a 5-6 freshman guard from McCormick, S.C., McCormick H.S. (the school of last season’s great, Ronita Garrett). Brown will serve as a floor general, along with Dunkley. Also in the backcourt will be freshmen Jamiyah Clemons (5-3, Griffin, Griffin H.S.) and Laisha Moore (5-4, Forest Park, Forest Park H.S.