SGTC Jets and Lady Jets split conference decisions with East Georgia State College

January 31, 2019
Alyssa Nieves, 4, was the leading scorer for the Lady Jets with 14 points in the game against East Georgia State College
Alyssa Nieves, 4, was the leading scorer for the Lady Jets with 14 points in the game against East Georgia State College

SWAINSBORO, GA – The South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets captured their 12th straight Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) conference win and remained in first place in the standings when they coasted to a 67 – 35 win over East Georgia State College in Swainsboro. The Jets were riding a five-game GCAA winning streak but fell four points short in a narrow 84 – 80 loss to the East Georgia Bobcats in the second half of the double-header.

“We played terrible in the first half,” said South Georgia Technical College Athletic Director and Lady Jets head coach James Frey. The Lady Jets were still up 27 – 20 at the half but a strong second half effort lifted them to the 67 – 35 win. “We have got to get after the ball for the entire 40-minutes,” said Frey. “We cannot keep coming out and coasting during the first half.”

Almost all of the Lady Jets played between 17 and 20 minutes in the contest but only two players reached double figures. Sophomore guard Alyssa Nieves led the team with 14 points and then Kamya Hollingshed came off the bench to close out the double-digit scoring with 10 points. Sophomore starters Fatou Pouye and Bigue Sarr and freshman Yasriyyah Wazeerud-Din each came away with eight points. Sarr also had 12 rebounds and Pouye came up with 10. Ricka Jackson and Mari Hill tossed in five points each, Laky Samo had four, Amara Edeh scored three points, and Anna McKendree closed out the scoring with two points.

The nationally ranked Lady Jets are still first in the conference and are the only unbeaten team in the GCAA Division I standings. They are also 20 – 3 overall.

The Jets were riding a five-game winning streak but they came up two points shy in the first half and another two points shy in the second half to drop a hard fought 84 – 80 conference win. The Jets are 5 – 3 in the conference and 9 – 13 overall. They are also still tied with Gordon College for fourth place. East Georgia moved into fifth place.

Four members of the Jets were in double-figures. Freshman Justin Johnson led the scoring attack with 21 points, Jaylan McKinney had 15 points. He was three of five from the three-point line. Brice Peaster scored 11 points and Adonis Green accounted for 10 points to close out the double digit scorings. Nick Cummings and Toriano Lewis both had eight points each, Sam Matice, 5; and DJ Fisher, 2.

The Jets and the Lady Jets will host Central Georgia Technical College on Saturday, February 2nd in a conference double-header at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Central Georgia Tech’s men are currently ranked second in the GCAA and their women are in third place.