November 25, 2011

Carnes' 40 Points Power Lady Saints Past Brenau 86-67

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DAHLONEGA, GAJaymee Carnes scored 40 points on her way to leading the North Georgia Lady Saints to a 86-67 victory over Brenau on Friday night at Memorial Hall.

The Lady Saints (2-1) shot 48 percent (34-71) from the floor on their way to scoring their highest total this season in 86. They also converted on five three-point shots, finishing at 45.5 percent (5-11) in the game.

North Georgia's lead was cut down to just eight midway through the second half before pulling away down the stretch en route to winning their second game of the season.

Jaymee Carnes had the best game in the history of North Georgia at the NCAA Division II level. Carnes finished with a school-record and game-high 40 points to go along with her 18 rebounds. She also was one block shy of a triple-double, finishing with nine. Carnes has a recorded a double-double in all three games this season and has scoring average of 30.1.

Freshman Stephanie Huffman finished with a career-high 19 points and five assists. Huffman played 37 minutes to lead all players and also finished with five rebounds.

Brenau (4-4) could not find an answer for Carnes as she was double and triple-teamed all night long. Switching from man to zone defenses, the Tigers tried different ways to neutralize the sophomore, none of which prevailed.

The Tigers were led by Brittney Wiley who finished with 16 points. Nikki Reed added 13 points to go along with her six rebounds and Gabby Harvey finished with 10 points.

Carnes' 40 points in a single game passes the previous record held by Whitney Randolph and is also career-high for her as well.

Carnes transferred to North Georgia from Wake Forest to play closer to home and it's a move that head coach Buffie Burson is enjoying more and more each game.

"Jaymee studies her opponents and knows what to expect in the post," Burson said. "She was absolutely phenomenal and led us on both ends of the floor tonight."

Carnes has been unstoppable in the three games she has played thus far this season. She has scored 40, 24 and 28 points in last three games. She has also finished with 18, 11 and 12 rebounds in the first three as well.

"The refs let us play a little bit and I looked to do whatever I could to help my team out," Carnes said. "We've been working really hard and we had players step up and make big shots. We've been getting better and I just tried to do whatever I could to get the win."

Jessica Trice had a quiet double-double off the bench, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds to give the Lady Saints a much-needed lift off the bench.

North Georgia returns to action tomorrow afternoon for their second game of the 2011 X-Trem Thanksgiving Classic when they play Tusculum at 4:00 PM.