Falcons Hold Off Pesky Lady Saints in final Minute
– The North Georgia women’s basketball team saw their
playoff hopes take a hit on Wednesday evening, hosting and falling
to the University of Montevallo 62-58 in a key battle for the final
spot in the upcoming Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
The Lady Saints drop their second straight at home, falling to 9-13 overall on the season and 4-9 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Falcons keep pace for final playoff in the PBC’s West Division, improving to 13-11 overall and 6-8 in the league.
Montevallo jumped all over the Lady Saints in the early going, scoring the game’s first nine points as Kristen Seigenthaler knocked down a series of jumpers to give the Falcons a nine-point lead in the first half.
North Georgia came back over the next 15 minutes, knotting the game at 20-20 with 4:08 remaining in the first half, using a pair of free throws from Whitney Randolph to create the deadlock.
Montevallo scored five straight points down the stretch in the first half, using a three-pointer from Alicia Lewis to give the Falcons a 25-20 advantage. North Georgia came back and hit a jumper in the final minute, cutting the Montevallo lead to three at 25-22 heading into intermission.
The Falcons quickly opened up their biggest lead of the game just three minutes into the second half, opening the period on a 7-0 run take a 10-point advantage at 32-22 with 17:35 remaining in the game.
Montevallo continued to hold a double-digit lead throughout the second half, leading by as many as 16 points with under 10 minutes to play before the Lady Saints made a run and cut the Falcon’s lead to just a bucket at 54-51 with three minutes remaining.
Meredith Montgomery made it interesting in the final seconds, stealing an inbounds pass and getting fouled on a three-point attempt with 5.4 seconds showing on the clock, but after converting one of three attempts from the line, Montevallo was fouled and hit a free throw to seal the four-point victory.
A trio of Montevallo players finished in double figures, led by Shan Jones who tallied 14 points and seven rebounds, while Seigenthaler added 11 and Carrie Parrott had 10.
Janyce Ealey led all scorers with 17 points, while Whitney Randolph was the only other North Georgia player in double figures, finishing with 13 points and six rebounds.
North Georgia returns to action on Saturday afternoon, traveling to in-state rival Georgia Southwestern for another Peach Belt Conference contest. Tip-off is slated for 2:30 p.m. in the Storm Dome.