Breanna Gleeson and Keta Robinette each scored 15 points and Ladondra Johnson scored her 1,000th career point as Young Harris College handed Georgia College its first Peach Belt Conference defeat of the season with a 66-46 women’s basketball victory Saturday at the YHC Basketball Arena in Young Harris.
The Mountain Lions snapped a three-game losing streak as they improved to 8-4 overall and 2-3 in the Peach Belt while the Bobcats slipped to 9-4 and 5-1. Young Harris will play next at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Columbus against Columbus State University.
Johnson quickly became the first-ever Young Harris women’s player to score 1,000 points in her career as she scored the first three baskets for the Mountain Lions. She finished with a double-double in the win as she scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Johnson, who holds 15 different career records for the Mountain Lions, now has scored 1,007 points in career.
In addition to Johnson, Gleeson and Robinette, Lauren Smith (11) and Chestatee grad Peyton Robertson (10) also scored in double digits. Robertson grabbed seven rebounds while Smith added eight assists. Robinette and Gleeson also each drained four three-pointers in the win. Shanteona Keys was the lone Bobcat in double figures with 16 points.
YOUNG HARRIS MEN 75, GEORGIA COLLEGE 65: Vince Martin, Malcolm Jackson and Frank Adams combined for 57 points as Young Harris College defeated Georgia College 75-65 in a Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball victory Saturday at the YHC Basketball Arena in Young Harris.
The Mountain Lions won their fifth in a row and ninth in the past 10 games as they improved to 9-3 overall and to 4-1 inside the Peach Belt. Georgia College fell to 6-7 and 2-4. Young Harris hits the road for a 7:30 p.m. PBC contest Wednesday against Columbus State University in Columbus.
Aaron Robinson led the Bobcats, who only connected on 42.4 percent (14-of-33) of their shots in the second half, with 14 points, while David Wagner added 10.
CLAYTON STATE WOMEN 86, NORTH GEORGIA 65: Sophomore guard Stephanie Huffman tied her career-high of 21 points, including 14 in the second half, but it was not enough as the University of North Georgia women’s basketball team fell on the road to third-ranked Clayton State University Saturday night in Morrow.
The Saints (4-8, 2-3 PBC) made a game of it for much of the early going, leading by one points several times in the first half, but the No. 3 Lakers (13-0, 6-0 PBC) out-scored the Saints 55-35 in the second stanza to earn their 13th win of the season.
Gainesville grad Jaymee Carnes was the only other player for North Georgia to score in double-digits as she recorded 19 to go along with six rebounds.
The Saints will now turn their focus to another road game, this time a rematch against Georgia College 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Milledgeville.
CLAYTON STATE MEN 85, NORTH GEORGIA 80: Despite holding a 13-point lead at one point in the first half, the University of North Georgia men’s basketball team was unable to defeat Clayton State University on the road Saturday night as the Lakers came back to record the victory over the Saints off a 51 percent shooting performance.
The Lakers (7-6, 3-3 PBC) shot 16 for 26 in the second half to cruise to the victory while the Saints (8-4, 3-2 PBC) tried furiously tried to hold off their attack.
North Georgia was 27 of 61 from the field in the game including going 11 of 27 from three-point range. Flowery Branch grad Ishmael Hollis and Lamar Richardson were back to their usual form as they both drilled five treys.
Hollis led all players with 25 points off a 7 of 9 outing. The junior transfer went 5 of 6 from three-point range, 6 of 7 from the charity stripe and added six rebounds while Richardson added 15 points.
The Saints next play Georgia College at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Milledgeville.