The Jets won their last regular season game against Georgia Highlands College 79-52 to secure their GCAA title.
Lady Jets sophomore Nikkei Blackburn scored 18 points in the GCAA quarter finals to help the Lady Jets edge out East Georgia State College.
South Georgia Tech's Jets clinch conference title, Lady Jets advance to GCAA semi-finals
Wednesday February 26, 2014
For the first time since the inception of the Jets program in 2001, both South Georgia Technical College men’s and women’s basketball teams have earned Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) conference titles.
Monday night, the Jets defeated Georgia Highlands College 79-52 to clinch the top spot in the conference, earning themselves a berth in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament in Kansas in March. This will be the Jets’ second trip to the national tournament.
In the game against Georgia Highlands, the Jets had four scorers in the double digits. Brandon Jackson posted 16 points, followed by Anthony Ethridge with 15 points and ten rebounds, Treshaad Williams earned 14 and Femi Ojuolape tossed in ten points.
Despite a disappointing loss to Georgia Highlands College last week to end the regular season, the Lady Jets also finished out their regular season on top of the GCAA, with Head Coach James Frey being named the GCAA Coach of the Year and sophomore Shameekia “Polly” Murray being named Player of the Year and first team all-conference. Sophomore teammates Alexia Somerset, Shaquita Snow, and Nikkei Blackburn were named to second team all conference.
The Lady Jets hosted East Georgia College on Tuesday and pulled off a 75-37 win. Nikkei Blackburn shot for 18 points and had ten rebounds, TaQuandra Mike tossed in 13 points, and Shaquita Snow had 7 assists. They will host the remainder of the semi-finals in The Hangar this Friday and Saturday, facing off against Darton on Friday, February 28th at 7:30pm following the 5:30 matchup of Georgia Highlands and Central Georgia Tech. The winners of those two games will face off on Saturday, March 1st at 2:00pm.
“We are excited to start the tournament off with a win and to be hosting the Final Four,” said Coach Frey. “This was a goal of ours pre-season and it’s exciting to be realizing our goals. Our focus has been very good and we know we have a huge task ahead of us playing Darton, the conference defending champ. Hopefully our kids will be up for the challenge.”
The Lady Jets are just two 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. The Lady Jets hope to have a repeat of that season and compete nationally in Kansas again this year.