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