The University of North Georgia women’s basketball team secured a spot in the Peach Belt Conference championship game with a 70-66 win over Flagler College in the tournament semifinals on Saturday in Columbus.
Keeley Chester hit a layup with 12 seconds remaining to give the Saints (14-14) the go-ahead basket. North Georgia advances to the PBC Tournament championship game for the first time since joining the conference.
Mimi Hill led the Saints with 24 points, improving her double-digit scoring streak to 13 games. Gainesville grad Jaymee Carnes added 13 points, hitting a key 3-pointer late in the game and tallying three blocks.
North Georgia trailed by five with a minute left, when Chester and Carnes hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 66-65 lead. After Flagler hit one of two free throws with 25 seconds left, Chester used an open lane to the basket to secure the win for the Saints.
North Georgia faces the winner of Clayton State and South Carolina-Aiken in the tournament finals at 2 p.m. today at the Franklin G. Lumpkin Center at Columbus State University.
YOUNG HARRIS SWEPT IN DOUBLEHEADER: The Mountain Lions dropped a pair of games in a doubleheader against North Carolina-Pembroke on Saturday, falling 2-0 in Game 1 and 7-6 in a 12-inning Game 2.
Taylor Topping took the loss in the first game for Young Harris (8-9, 1-7 Peach Belt), pitching a complete game with eight scattered hits and five strikeouts. Trey Rogers, Zach Bricknell and Spencer Thomas each singled for the Mountain Lions.
The second game saw Young Harris pitcher Cody Beck give up a bases-loaded walk in the 12th inning to take the loss. He allowed only three hits and struck out eight in seven innings.
Rogers hit a solo home run and added a game-tying RBI single to lead the Mountain Lions at the plate. Adam Moore also hit a solo shot for his second home run of the season.
YOUNG HARRIS SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER: The Mountain Lions took the opener 3-1 before falling 6-3 in the nightcap of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with Georgia College on Saturday in Milledgeville.
Stacia Williams led Young Harris (17-7, 1-1 Peach Belt) in the first game with a solo home run during a three-run sixth inning. Darby Stanford picked up the win with three hits allowed and four strikeouts in a complete-game performance.
The Mountain Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game, but Georgia College rallied with four runs in the third inning to take a 5-3 lead.
Sydnee Weaver hit an RBI triple, Brittany Henry added an RBI double and Kayla Jones singled to score another run for Young Harris. Katie-Jo Gentry absorbed the loss for the Mountain Lions.
MILLSAPS WOMEN 21, YOUNG HARRIS 7: Taylor Lincoln scored five times to lead the Mountain Lions in a loss Saturday in Young Harris.
Jordana Freitas and Jaclyn Kernonhan each tallied a goal for Young Harris (1-9), which hosts Shepherd College at 1 p.m. today.