Pictured from left to right are GCAA Player of the Year Shameekia Murray, 2nd team all conference player Nikkei Blackburn, GCAA Coach of the Year James Frey, and 2nd team all conference players Alexia Somerset and Shaquita Snow. The Lady Jets will face off against East Georgia College on Tuesday in the first round of the NJCAA region XVII tournament.
SGTC’s Frey and Murray named GCAA Coach and Player of the Year
Monday February 24, 2014
South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets captured Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Coach of the Year and Player of the Year honors, as well as a GCAA conference title with an overall record of 26-4 for the regular season overall and 19-1 in conference play. Lady Jets Head Coach James Frey was named GCAA Coach of the Year, and sophomore Shameekia “Polly” Murray earned the title of Player of the Year. Murray was also named to the GCAA All-Conference first team, and three of her teammates were named to the All-Conference second team.
Sophomore players Alexia Somerset, Shaquita Snow, and Nikkei Blackburn were named to the GCAA All-Conference second team for their impressive performances on the court in the 2013-2014 season. The Lady Jets will host the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) region XVII tournament on Tuesday, February 25th at 7pm. The Lady Jets will face East Georgia College, which is tied for eighth placed in the conference with a 6-14 record.
The winner of the quarter-final round will advance to the semi-finals and finals. If the Lady Jets win on Tuesday, they will host the semi-finals and finals. The semi-finals are scheduled for Friday, February 28th at 5:30 and 7:30 pm and the finals will be played on Saturday, March 1st at 2pm.
Murray is fourth in the conference in points per game with 17.2, and Blackburn leads the conference in average rebounds per game with 13.5. This is Coach Frey’s second season as head coach of the Lady Jets, who led the conference in free throw percent and total rebounds per game this season.
The Lady Jets are just three games shy of tying the all-time winning record for women’s basketball at South Georgia Tech. The 2009 – 2010 team posted a 29 – 7 overall record following their trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament.