December 31, 2010

Lady Saints Topple Young Harris on New Year's Eve

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's basketball finished off the year in style, exploding early and never looking back in a 104-62 defeat of Young Harris College in non-conference action Friday evening in Memorial Hall.

North Georgia sweeps the season series from Young Harris, improving to 9-2 with eight wins in their last nine tries, while the Mountain Lions continue to struggle, falling to 1-6 on the year.

The Lady Saints pounced on the Mountain Lions early as Lindsey Moss took control and drained a trio of three-pointers in 60-second span to give North Georgia an 11-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest.

Brooke Garmon took over from there, coming off the bench and putting together a perfect 7-for-7 performance from the field in 13 first-half minutes. She connected on three attempts from behind the arc to tally 17 points in the opening half, leading North Georgia to a 30-point lead at 48-18 with 1:24 left until intermission.

Young Harris hit a pair of jumpers in the final minute as Lauren Smith and LaDondra cut the Lady Saints' lead to 48-22 at the half.

North Georgia opened the second half on another offensive surge, pushing the lead to 39 points on a layup by Sarah Stinson with 14:04 remaining, giving the Lady Saints a 70-31 advantage.

Janyce Ealey keyed the second-half run, notching back-to-back three-pointers in opening minute of play, part of her 14-point eruption in the second period.

The Lady Saints stretched their lead to 40 points with just over a minute to play, and Kari McCann hit a pair of free throws in the final minute, giving North Georgia their biggest lead of the game and their final margin of victory at 42, taking the 104-62 victory on the final day of the calendar year.

Garmon led all scorers with 21 points, her career-high, as the freshman went 9-for-12 from the field and added four assists. Ealey tallied another double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Stinson added 18 and Moss finished 14 points. Bianca O'Neal tallied a season-high 11 assists to go along with five points in 21 minutes of action.

Smith led the Mountain Lions with 19 points on 6-for-17 shooting from the floor and a 3-for-9 performance from long range, but her eight turnovers plagued Young Harris. Three other Mountain Lions finished in double figures as YHC shot 37-percent from the field and 23-percent from behind the arc.

The Lady Saints will have the weekend off before returning to action on Monday, January 3, traveling to Augusta State to open Peach Belt Conference play. Tip-off against the Jaguars is set for 5:30 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse.